Francine Joy Drescher is an American actress, comedian, writer, activist, and trade union leader. She is known for her role as Fran Fine in the television sitcom The Nanny, which she created and produced with her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. Drescher made her screen debut with a small role in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and later appeared in American Hot Wax and Wes Craven's horror tale Stranger in Our House. In the 1980s, she gained recognition as a comedic actress in the films Gorp, The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, and UHF while establishing a television career with guest appearances on several series. In 1993, she achieved wider fame as Fran Fine in her own sitcom vehicle The Nanny, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series during the show's run. In the 2000s, Drescher starred in the sitcoms Living with Fran and Happily Divorced.