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Madeline Zima Is 34 and She Once Opened up about Her Time on 'The Nanny'

Olowokandi Fiyin
Mar 16, 2020
12:00 P.M.
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"The Nanny" alum, Madeline Zima, once shared some insights about her years on the show.


Back in the 90's "The Nanny" was the Emmy Award-winning television series that was so funny it kept its viewers glued to the screen as they followed the life of Fran Fine with the Sheffield family.

Madeline Zima attends the 2018 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


Many viewers believe that the show was improved with the presence of the character Gracie Sheffield, which was played by Madeline Zima.

Madeline landed her role as Rachel on the Netflix romance series, "You." The actress disclosed that she loved every minute that she spent on set


Years after the show ended, the now-34-year-old referred to the years she spent growing up on the show as "a wonderful learning experience." Madeline, who has since appeared in several other movies, stated that:

'I was on it for the early part of my life, from the ages of six to 13-- so those are pretty intense years to be involved in something like this!..."



The learning experience that she had referred to was the fact that she had learned to always be on time to events, no matter how small. Madeline had also learned firsthand how to go after the things that she wanted from people around her.

The actress had recalled that during her time on "The Nanny," she had spent a lot of time around actress, comedian, writer, and activist, Fran Drescher, who held the role of Fran Fine.



Speaking of the time they spent together, Madeline recounted that Fran had been a brilliant and strong businesswoman who seized the opportunity to get her own show.

According to Madeline, Fran had happened to be sitting next to a studio executive on a plane and decided to pitch her show.

That quick thinking and brazen move not only landed Fran her own show, but it also taught Madeline that as long as she believed in herself, she could whatever she wanted from life.

Actress Madeline Zima attends the 2018 Carney Awards at The Broad Stage on October 28, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images



Since "The Nanny" ended in 1999, after six seasons, Madeline has gone on to make more lasting impressions with her roles in Showtime's comedy-drama series "Californication" and the NBC series "Heroes."

Madeline Zima's other movie appearances include "Crazy Eyes," "The Vampire Diaries," and "The Collector." While she has continued to sieve out a variety of roles, the 34-year-old has also been spending time perfecting her make-up and beauty skills.


Madeline unveiled back in 2012 that the secret to her glowing face was that even though she drank lots of water, having a "good attitude" was the best way to certify beauty from the inside-out.

Besides maintaining a "good attitude," Madeline has also been busy fine-tuning her musical skills. In fact, the star claimed that she had learned how to play the music of Lana Del Ray on the guitar.

Madeline Zima attends Special Screening Of Liongate's "Bombshell" at Regency Village Theatre on December 10, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



Madeline had appeared on the TV show, "Twin Peaks." Despite the acclaim she received from the show, the actress admitted back in 2017 that she had no idea that she was trying out for the show.

The actress had recalled that when she went in for the audition, the environment had been so calm that she had ended up having a conversation with the show's casting director, Johanna Ray.

Actress Madeline Zima attends the Los Angeles premiere of Cleopatra Entertainment's "Chain Of Death" at Laemmle Music Hall on July 19, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


Two years after that audition, Madeline landed her role as Rachel on the Netflix romance series, "You." The actress disclosed that she loved every minute that she spent on set with the other members of the cast as it felt like she was in "pure heaven."

At that time, the "A Cinderella Story" star had also been working on "Chain of Death" which was slated to show at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Madeline Zima attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures' "3 Years In Pakistan: The Erik Aude Story" at The Federal Bar on September 28, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


The psychological thriller was also made available On Demand and digital platforms for viewers at the end of the same month.

Madeline had even taken another step into her career when she wrote and directed the 2018 anti-romantic comedy "Warm Human Magic." 


Charles Shaughnessy

Actor Charles Shaughnessy arrives at the Opening Night Of "Bright Star" at Ahmanson Theatre on October 20, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images


Charles Shaughnessy, who played the role of widowed Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield on the show, has also appeared on popular TV shows like "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and "Mad Men."

Lauren Lane



Lauren Lane joined the cast as Chastity Claire "CC." Babcock and these days, she has taken to doing theater while also lecturing full-time about acting at Texas State University.

Daniel Davis

Actor Daniel Davis attends the opening night of "La Cage Aux Folles" after party at the Marriot Marque December 9, 2004 | Photo: Getty Images


Daniel Davis, who played the Sheffields' stern butler Niles, can be found spending most of his time on-stage as he recently appeared in a revival of "Noises Off" at the Roundabout Theatre, New York City.

Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom is seen on November 29, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images


Nicholle Tom, who joined the cast at age 15 as the eldest Sheffield sibling Maggie, has added the role of voice actress to her CV as she voiced Kara Kent, also known as Supergirl, in numerous DC Comics TV productions.

Benjamin Salisbury

The Nanny, a CBS television situation comedy. Premiere episode aired November 3, 1993. Pictured is Benjamin Salisbury (as Brighton Sheffield). Picture dated January 1, 1997 | Photo: Getty Images


Benjamin Salisbury, who also joined "The Nanny" at a young age held the role of naughty middle child Brighton Sheffield, who has been the most low-key of the cast members. His last known movie parts occurred in the 2005 film, "Numb3rs" and the 2006 short film "On the Brink."

Fran Drescher

Actress Fran Drescher visits People Now on February 05, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

In addition to Fran owning roles in both action and animated hit films, including "Hotel Transylvania" and "Shark Bait," there are reports that she would be developing "The Nanny" musical for Broadway.