Fran Drescher Designed The Nanny Set With A Hidden Runway

Fran Drescher Designed The Nanny Set With A Hidden Runway


Let’s face it, those looks deserved extra attention.

Fran Drescher’s eccentric fictional namesake – the babysitter‘s Fran Fine – was as much a style icon as a pop culture, dishing out jokes in a hodgepodge of chic ensembles that are still hard to forget decades later.

It turned out that giving fictional Fran’s wardrobe the attention it deserved was a top priority for the creative brains behind the ’90s sitcom. Real-life Fran and her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, who co-created the babysitter, literally designed the set of the series with this goal in mind.

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Do you remember the spiral staircase? It became a fixture in The Nanny, with Fran’s fashionable character descending each episode into the living room of Mr Sheffield’s swanky home, inevitably dressed in something fabulous.

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Well, Fran explained that she and Peter built the stairs with the express intention of showing off her clothes, during… an apparition on Australia’s The morning show.

“We knew we wanted the character to put on a fashion show every week,” she said. “In fact, Peter was the one who was up the spiral staircase so I could do a fashion show in every episode.”

Fans of the babysitter would probably agree that the series stairway set fulfilled its mission. You can relive all of Fran’s looks in all their sparkly, multicolored glory on HBO Max, where the show can be streamed from start to finish.

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