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The Story of The Nanny

When the show premiered on November 3, 1993, the plot was a little more simple: Fran, fresh out of her job as a bridal consultant in her boyfriend's shop, first appeared on the doorstep of Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) peddling cosmetics, and quickly stumbled upon the opportunity to become the nanny for his three children. But soon Fran, with her off-beat nurturing and no-nonsense honesty, touched Maxwell as well as the kids.

It was a situation of blue collar meets blue blood, as Fran gave the prim-and-proper Maxwell and his children a dose of 'Queens logic,' helping them become a healthy, happy family.

Fran's influence over the three Sheffield children, though sometimes not what their father expected, was just what they needed. Maggie (Nicholle Tom), 18, has blossomed since Fran came on the scene, as have brilliant, devious Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury), 16, and Grace (Madeline Zima), 11, who no longer has to confide in a therapist.

Proudly running the Sheffield household is the butler, Niles (Daniel Davis), who watches all events with a bemused eye and levels problems with his quick wit. Niles quickly recognizes Fran's gift at bringing warmth back to the family and does his best to undermine Maxwell's socialite business partner, C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane), in their ongoing game of one-upmanship. C.C. views Fran with a mixture of skepticism and jealousy, as she had designs on the very available Sheffield. But, Mr. Sheffield was clearly smitten with Fran, even if he was too shy to admit it, and Fran was equally taken with Mr. Sheffield. As the years have gone by, the show has teased us with their closeness and "near misses", and finally - an engagement. Then - quite recently, they've made the leap - they're married!

Viewers for Quality Television calls "The Nanny" the 90's version of 'I Love Lucy'... it is well written and entertaining."

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Robert Sternin, Prudence Fraser and Peter Marc Jacobson are executive producers of "The Nanny" for Sternin/Fraser Ink, Inc. and High School Sweethearts in association with TriStar Television, Inc. Diane Wilk serves as co-executive producer. Kathy Landsberg, Fran Drescher, Frank Lombardi, Dana Reston and Caryn Lucas are producers.

Contact Information:

Want to write to the show's production company? You can request autographs, ask specific questions (Where can I buy that shirt? What was the song in the closing credits?) or send fan mail. Here's where you write:

The Nanny tickets: (818) 771-7195

Audiences Unlimited
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 153
Universal City, CA 91608

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Want to write to Fran or the others personally?

First of all, don't write to us here at the website and think you are writing to Fran Drescher. She does not personally run this site, nor read the mail. Even though this is clearly stated here, we continue to get many long heart-felt letters to Fran every day. Please write her via regular mail at the address given below.

Please remember some basic rules when sending away for autographs:

Always type or print clearly.

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Allow several weeks for your package/mail to get back to you.

Fran Drescher
c/o The Nanny
9336 West Washington Drive
Culver City, CA. 90232

Actors, Info and Trivia:

What Are the Words to the Theme Song for The Nanny?

For all those people that have wondered, here it is (Composed and Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway):

She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
'Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do? Where was she to go? She was out on her fanny...
So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield's door.
She was there to sell make-up, but father saw more.
She had style! She had flair! She was there.
That's how she became the Nanny!

Who would have guessed that the girl we've described,
Was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?
Now the father finds her beguiling (watch out C.C.!).
And the kids are actually smiling (such joie de vivre!)
She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan...
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran!

Actors' Filmographies:

Here is a quick rundown of the other shows (i.e. not including the Nanny) and roles the primary cast of the Nanny have appeared in:

Fran Drescher (Nanny Fran Fine)

TV Show Regular:
Princesses (1991; as Melissa Kirschner)

Saturday Night Fever (1977; as Connie)
Stranger in Our House (1978; TV movie)
American Hot Wax (1978; as Sheryl)
The Hollywood Knights (1980)
Gorp (1980)
Ragtime (1981; as Mameh)
Doctor Detroit (1983; as Karen)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984; as Bobbi Flekman)
The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)
Rock 'n' Roll Mom (1988; TV movie as Jody Loeman)
UHF (1989; Pamela Finkelstien)
It Had to Be You (1989)
Love and Betrayal (1989; TV movie, as Germaine)
The Big Picture (1989)
Wedding Band (1990; TV movie, as Veronica)
Cadillac Man (1990; as Joy Munchack)
Without Warning: Terror in the Towers (1993; TV movie, as Rosemarie Russo)
We're Talking Serious Money (1993; as Valerie)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1994; as Velma Velour)
Jack (1996; as Dolores Durante)
The Beautician and The Beast (1997; as Joy Miller)

Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield)

TV Show Regular:
Days of Our Lives (1984-1992; as Shane Donovan)

Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again (1989 TV Movie; as Armand)
Day-O (1992 TV Movie; as Ben)
Everything To Gain (1996 TV Movie; as Andrew Keswick)
A Kiss So Deadly (1996 TV Movie; as Mr. Deese)

Daniel Davis (Niles)

TV appearances (1 or several episodes):
Remington Steele (1984; Episode: "Gourmet Steele"; as Pierre)
Highway to Heaven (1984; Episode: "Catch a Falling Star"; as Lance Gaylord)
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1985; Episodes "Vigilante Mothers" as Robert Castille & All The World's a Stage as Tony Marchand)
Matlock (1986; Episode: "The Professor" as James Billings)
Star Trek: TNG (1988, 1993; Episodes "Elementary, Dear Data" & "Ship In a Bottle"; as Professor Moriarty)
The Equalizer (1988; Episode: "Video Games"; as Eddie Mason)
MacGyver (1990; Episode: "Halloween Knights"; as Nicolas)
L.A. Law (1996; Episode: "Love In Bloom"; as C. Howard Grady)

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986; TV Miniseries; as Patick Henry)
The Spirit (1987 TV Movie; as Simon Teasdale)
What Price Victory (1988 TV Movie; as "Trainer")
K-9 (1989; as Halstead)
The Hunt for Red October (1990; as Capt. Davenport)
Havana (1990; as Marion Chigwell)
She Stood Alone (1991 TV Movie; as Parker Elsworth)
Danielle Steel's Palomino (1991 TV Movie; as "Doctor")
The Perfect Tribute (1991 TV Movie; as Gov. Curtin)
Columbo: No Time to Die (1992 TV Movie; as Alex Varrick)

Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock)

TV Show Regular:
Hunter (1984-1991; as Sgt. Chris Novak (1991))

Interface (1984)
Positive I.D. (1987; as Dana)
Nervous Ticks (1992 as "Blonde")
Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993 TV Movie; as Lauren Kent)
Vrooom, Vrooom, Vrooom (1995; as "Voodoo Woman")
Gen 13 (1997; as Ivana)

Nicholle Tom (Maggie Sheffield)

TV Appearances (1 or several episodes):
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990; as Sue Scanlon; 3 episodes)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
E! Celebrity Homes (1997)
The Ark Trust Genesis Awards (1997)

Beethoven (1992; as Ryce)
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993 TV Movie; as Jacy Woodman)
Beethoven's 2nd (1993; as Ryce)
Season of Change (1994; as Sally Mae Parker)
For My Daughter's Honor (1996 TV Movie; as Amy Dustin)
What Kind of Mother Are You? (1996 TV Movie; as Kelly)
Unwed Father (1997)

Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton Sheffield)

TV Appearances (1 or several episodes):
Kirk (1995; as Preston Waters)
Promised Land (1996; as Trevor Riley)
Celebrity Jeopardy! (1997)

Captain Ron (1992; as Benjamin Harvey)
Shimmer (1993; as Young Spacy)
Iron Will (1994; as Scout #1)
Who Stole Santa? (1996; Animated - Voice Part as "Tin Boy")
Virtual Oz (1996; Animated - Voice Part as "Tin Boy")
Toto Lost in New York (1996; Animated - Voice Part as "Tin Boy")
The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt (1996; Animated - Voice Part as "Tin Boy")
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996; as Josh)
Christmas in Oz (1996; Animated - Voice Part as "Tin Boy")

Madeline Zima (Grace Sheffield)

TV Appearances (1 or several episodes):
Law & Order (1992; as Samantha Silver)
JAG (1996; as Kathy Gold)
Touched By An Angel (1997; as Allison)

Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The (1991; Emma Bartel)
Mr. Nanny (1993; as Kate Mason)
'Til There Was You (1997; as Gweneth Moss at age 12)

Anne Guilbert (Grandma Yetta)

TV Show Regular:
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966; as Millie Helper)
The New Andy Griffith Show (1971)
The Fanelli Boys (1990-91)

TV appearances (1 or several episodes):
Picket Fences (as Miriam Wambaugh)

How Sweet It Is! (1968; as Bibi)
Viva Max! (1969; as Edna Miller)
Grumier Old Men (1995; as Francesca (Mamma) Ragetti)

Renee Taylor (Mrs. Sylvia Fine)

TV Show Regular:
Daddy Dearest (1993; as Helen)
Mary Hartman, Marry Hartman (1976-77; as Annabelle)

TV appearances (1 or several episodes):
On Broadway Tonight (1964)
St. Elsewhere (1984; Episodes "Strikeout" & "Breathless")
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1996; Episode: "Oedipus Wrecks" as Roweena Johnson)

The Errand Boy (1961; as Miss Giles)
A Fine Madness (1966)
Springtime for Hitler (1967; as Eva Braun)
The Producers (1968)
The Detective (1968; as Rachael Schoenstein)
A New Leaf (1971; as Sally Hart)
Made for Each Other (1971; as Pandora Gold/Writer)
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
Woman of the Year (1976)
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976; as Annabelle)
Lovesick (1983; as Mrs. Mondragon)
That's Adequate (1989)
White Palace (1991; as Edith Baron)
The End of Innocence (1991; as Angel)
Delirious (1991; as Arlene Sherwood)
All I Want for Christmas (1991; as Sylvia)
Forever (1992; as Charlotte)
Daddy Dearest (1996; as Helen)
Love Is All There Is (1996; as Mona/Director/Writer)

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