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The Nanny’s Fran Drescher, 63, and onscreen mother Renee Taylor, 88, look youthful as they reunite


It has been 22-years since Renée Taylor last played Fran Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on the hit sitcom The Nanny, which ran for six seasons from 1993-1999.

And on Thursday the two ladies recaptured a bit of the onscreen magic between Fran and Sylvia Fine when they reunited for fun video that they both posted on Instagram. 

‘Everyone’s enjoying watching The Nanny on HBO Max,’ the now 63-year-old Drescher asked Taylor in the clip. 

‘Do you realize that there are people watching it now that weren’t even alive when we were shooting it?’ 

Reunited! Fran Drescher and teamed back up with her onscreen mother from The Nanny, Renée Taylor, for a funny promo video for the hit sitcom that they both posted on Instagram

Dressed loudly in animal print blazers, much like their characters of yesteryear, the duo both flashed big beaming smiles off the top of the video.

And as they also showed off their familiar and flamboyant personalities, Taylor shot back and answered her former co-star’s question with a question.

‘And do you realize you’re older now than I was when I started playing your mother?’ Taylor, now 88, in keeping with the age reference.

‘Cut,’ Drescher said as her beaming smile quickly faded to a frown when she turned to face the camera.

New Yorkers: Dressed loudly in animal print blazers, much like their characters of yesteryear, the duo both flashed big beaming smiles off the top of the video

New Yorkers: Dressed loudly in animal print blazers, much like their characters of yesteryear, the duo both flashed big beaming smiles off the top of the video

Slipping into character: Referencing how new fans of The Nanny are watching on HBO Max, Drescher asked her former co-star, 'Do you realize that there are people watching it now that weren't even alive when we were shooting it?'

Slipping into character: Referencing how new fans of The Nanny are watching on HBO Max, Drescher asked her former co-star, ‘Do you realize that there are people watching it now that weren’t even alive when we were shooting it?’

Drescher, a Queens, New York native, simply wrote, ‘GO!’ in the caption of her Instagram post, along with the hashtags ‘#hbomax #thenanny #franjam2021 #detoxyourhome #loveislove’ and red heart, peace sign, prayer and rainbow emojis.     

With the help of its lasting legacy and reruns, The Nanny remains popular with viewers, in part, by garnering new fans from the younger generations that weren’t alive or old enough to watch during its original broadcast on CBS.     

‘I feel very grateful that the show continues to be so beloved,’ Drescher told Today host Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager last year.

‘There are tons of millennials that are obsessed with the show today, and they were either young children while it was originally airing or not even born yet. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.’     

'Time flies: And do you realize you're older now than I was when I started playing your mother?' Taylor, 88 responded, in keeping with the age reference

‘Time flies: And do you realize you’re older now than I was when I started playing your mother?’ Taylor, 88 responded, in keeping with the age reference

Funny ladies: After Taylor's age joke, Drescher turned to the camera and shot back, 'Cut,' as her beaming smile quickly faded to a frown

Funny ladies: After Taylor’s age joke, Drescher turned to the camera and shot back, ‘Cut,’ as her beaming smile quickly faded to a frown

Drescher received a pair of Emmy nominations for her role as Fran, while Taylor notched one nomination playing Sylvia. 

The Nanny was created and produced by Drescher and her then husband Peter Marc Jacobson, who had come out as gay. They divorced the same year the sitcom ended, but would go on and remain good friends and business partners.   

She went on to see more success on television with leading roles in Living With Fran (2005-2006) and Happily Divorced (2011-2013).

Most recently Drescher starred in the NBC sitcom Indebted, which was created by Dan Levy but lasted just one season in 2020 before it was canceled. 

During her more than 70-year career in show business, Taylor, a Bronx, New York native, also scored an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for co-writing the screenplay for the romantic comedy film Lovers and Other Strangers. 

Classic: Drescher and Taylor starred on The Nanny for six seasons from 1993-1999

Classic: Drescher and Taylor starred on The Nanny for six seasons from 1993-1999



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