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Fran Drescher: Life Struggles of 'The Nanny' Star

Ra'eesah Manack
Oct 13, 2019
07:30 A.M.

Fran Drescher famously appeared in the hit sitcom “The Nanny." However, the star's life was not all glitz and glam. In fact, she faced a number of stumbling blocks.

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"The Nanny" actress Fran Drescher recently opened up and revealed more details about the difficult and painful moments in her life. The star survived a home invasion, cancer, and even rape

In an interview with Instyle, Fran went into details about the different ordeals that she has faced over the years. She started with the home invasion in 1985.

Actress Fran Drescher arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party  | Getty Images

Actress Fran Drescher arrives at the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party | Getty Images

She revealed that she was living in Los Angeles and working as an actress when her house was broken into. During the home invasion, she was raped at gunpoint.

"Afterward, I didn’t really get into my feelings or my vulnerabilities. I never wanted to come off as “weak,” so I just kind of buried it and got on with life. For the next 15 years, I focused on working extra hard, making everybody else happy, and being a caregiver," explained Fran.

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Fran Drescher of Indebted attends the Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE New York Upfronts Party | Getty Images

Fran Drescher of Indebted attends the Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE New York Upfronts Party | Getty Images

She explained that she dealt with the pain by staying "busy with The Nanny, and I lived in the oxygen-thin air of other people saying how hard I worked and how nice I was." However, when the show ended in 1999, life dealt her another blow.

"It was also an amazing affirmation that pain finds its way to exactly the right place in the body," said Fran.

She was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She revealed that at the time she felt like "it was strange — and kind of poetic — that my reproductive organs, of all things, had cancer."

ran Drescher attends as Jason Binn, Nicole Vecchiarelli and Kevin Ryan celebrate DuJour Magazine's Special Gamechangers | Getty Images

ran Drescher attends as Jason Binn, Nicole Vecchiarelli and Kevin Ryan celebrate DuJour Magazine's Special Gamechangers | Getty Images

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"But it was also an amazing affirmation that pain finds its way to exactly the right place in the body if you don’t deal with it. Since I hadn’t been paying attention to my own vulnerabilities, my pain from the rape lodged itself in my uterus. No one else around me had cancer. That was a rude awakening," added Fran.

The star went on to say it brought her back down to earth. Fran explained that cancer allowed her to finally ask for help and find balance in her life.

Actress Fran Drescher visits Build Studio on June 22, 2018 in New York City.  | Getty Images

Actress Fran Drescher visits Build Studio on June 22, 2018 in New York City. | Getty Images

"I told myself, “You’re not Superwoman. You walk on the ground with everyone else. You’re just a person, and you’ve got cancer. So start feeling your feelings.” I believe that everything that comes at us presents an opportunity to become a more refined version of ourselves," Fran went on.

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She revealed that life after cancer was completely different. She might not be able to have children but she "gave birth to a book, Cancer Schmancer, and launched a movement with the goal of transforming people from patients into medical consumers."

 Fran Drescher appears at a book signing for her latest book "Cancer Schmancer," a memoir describing her recovery from cancer | Getty Images

Fran Drescher appears at a book signing for her latest book "Cancer Schmancer," a memoir describing her recovery from cancer | Getty Images

"I also wanted to find a healthier way to perceive life experience, so I became a Buddhist. Yes, I’m now technically a Bu-Jew. Buddhism complements any lifestyle or religious affiliation and gives you a great vantage point on things," revealed Fran.

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