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Originally posted 06/05/2012 02:30PM
A year after making his moves on Dancing with the Stars, Ralph Macchio is now back on TV – this time, making pizza.
The former Karate Kid, 50, who finished fourth while on the dancing competition, will guest star on Wednesday's Happily Divorced finale, playing a New Yorker who vies for Fran Drescher's affection while he opens up a pizza parlor.
But with the announcement that DWTS is currently casting an all-star season, might Macchio be reaching for his dancing shoes once more?
Originally posted 06/13/2011 03:20PM
Fran Drescher didn't have to look far for inspiration for her new TV Land show Happily Divorced, which premieres June 15. The sitcom, about a woman whose husband turns out to be gay, is actually based on her own experience.
After her marriage of 21 years ended, Drescher's husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, came out of the closet.
"He had already been living a gay life away from me after we divorced, and he said, 'I don't want you to be shocked. I'm dating men,' " the actress, 53, tells PEOPLE in its current issue, on stands now.
Originally posted 03/15/2011 07:10PM
Wanted, one duck.
When Aflac announced it was giving Gilbert Gottfried the boot for his disrespectful Tweets about the Japanese tsunami, it created an immediate job opening for someone with a distinctive talent.
According to reports, Aflac will start a nationwide casting search, and already some frontrunners are being mentioned.
Fran Drescher, for one, has a trademark laugh and Gottfried's nasal tone, while Joan Rivers posses a loud, raspy voice.
Then there's Sofia Vergara. She's not only loud, but a recent Modern Family episode suggested she can already squawk like a bird.
Originally posted 12/09/2008 11:15AM
Everyone’s favorite nanny is looking to take her famous Queens accent to a new home – the U.S. Senate, that is.
Fran Drescher tells PEOPLE she's offering up her name as a replacement for Senator Hillary Clinton, who has been nominated as Secretary of State. New York Gov. David Paterson must find an interim to fill the remaining two years of Clinton's term.
"I'm a New Yorker. It's a part of the fabric of my being," says Drescher, 51. "It just seems natural to me to throw my hat in the ring."
Originally posted 12/08/2008 12:25PM
Here's one way to prevent any filibusters: Fran Drescher's screechy voice.
The former star of The Nanny – and inveterate New Yorker – wants to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton (who is leaving to become Barack Obama's Secretary of State).
New York Gov. David Paterson is said to be seriously considering former first daughter – and political activist – Caroline Kennedy, 51, for Clinton's position, but Drescher, also 51, is firm in her desire. New York magazine quotes the actress as saying she's qualified for the job, as well as "an authentic and honest person."
What do you think?
Originally posted 05/12/2005 08:00AM
ADOPTED: Sharon Stone, 47, has adopted a baby boy, born to "unknown and unrelated parents in Texas" on Saturday and named Laird Vonne Stone by the actress, Stone's publicist, Cindi Berger, said in a statement, adding "Mommy and her boys are over the moon." The Basic Instinct actress has a 4-year-old son, Roan. She and her husband, Phil Bronstein, divorced in 2004 after five years of marriage. She is currently in London filming Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.
Originally posted 02/16/2005 06:00AM
Will Smith is an excellent kisser. Don't believe us? Just ask him. At the premiere for his new romantic comedy Hitch, held on New York's Ellis Island, Smith asked leading lady Eva Mendes what it was like to smooch him. "It was the most amazing onscreen kiss I ever had," she told the crowd deliberately and automatically. Smith then turned to costar Kevin James and asked the same question, to which the King of Queens star replied, "It was the most amazing onscreen kiss I ever had." "Cuz I got the fire in the lips!" Smith shouted. "That's how I break them down. Watch!" He then smooched a guest sitting in the front row to prove his point. Also at the party: Jada Pinkett Smith, Russell Simmons, Missy Elliott, Amber Valletta, Nick Cannon, Tatyana Ali, America's Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford and director Andy Tennant. Smith treated the group to a reunion with his former partner DJ Jazzy Jeff, who spun while Smith performed hits including "Getting Jiggy Wit It."
Originally posted 05/18/1999 12:00AM
Actresses Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager") both made news this weekend by delivering unexpected announcements that they are leaving their respective TV shows. For further details:
Originally posted 05/12/1999 12:00AM
"The Nanny" star Fran Drescher was dismissed from a lawsuit brought by a stunt woman who claimed she was injured during filming of "Beautician and the Beast." Drescher, who was executive producer as well as star of the movie, was dismissed Friday along with two producers and a writer, said her attorney, Donald Etra. A director and a producer are still named as defendants. Maria Doest, 46, claimed she was sprayed with a harmful fire retardant in July 1996 while preparing for a scene. She is seeking unspecified damages for asthma, exhaustion and other problems, according to her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit.
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