While the show sometimes falls under the radar, we’re here to return to the series we fell in love with from 1993 to 1999. Learn info about how the show was canceled, cast secrets, and the many memories that plenty of people remember from this fan favorite.
Charles Shaughnessy as Max Sheffield
A widowed Broadway theatrical producer, Sheffield needed help managing his three kids. The show started with him as Fran's boss, but by the end of the show, he was her husband. British actor Charles Shaughnessy played this role after getting his start on BBC 1's drama "Jury" as Julian Spears.
Before becoming an actor, Shaughnessy studied law at the University of Cambridge. His mother, Jean Lodge, was an actress, and his father, Alfred, was a TV writer, responsible for shows such as "Upstairs, Downstairs". When he was twenty-eight, Charles moved to Los Angeles and got his big break.
Charles Shaughnessy Now
That big break was playing Shane Donovan on "Days of Our Lives", from 1984 to 1992. When "The Nanny" ended, he decided to focus on voice acting, lending his voice to numerous projects such as "Stanley and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack".
However, he couldn't stay away from the screen forever, making appearances in "The Mentalist", "Mad Men", "Hannah Montana," and "Saints & Sinners". He reunited with Fran to play her ex-husband in "Living With Fran", and would later return to "Days of Our Lives", reprising his old role. He's also had roles in "Masters of Sex" and "The Magicians".
Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock
The closest thing the show has to an antagonist, Lauren Lane played C.C. Babcock; one of Maxwell's business associates and Fran's romantic rival. This pompous blonde added even more wit and humor to a sitcom already bursting at the seams with clever wordplay. In a hundred and forty-four episodes, Lane never disappointed.
Lane grew up in Texas, graduating with a fine arts degree, and later an advanced education degree at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Before she appeared on "The Nanny", Lane showed up in films starting in 1984. Her TV career began in 1991 with the role of Sgt. Chris Novak on the NBC show "Hunter".
Lauren Lane Now
A mere two years after "The Nanny" ended, Lane decided to leave the world of television. But since the year 2000, she's performed on stage at Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Texas. She has appeared in several productions including "Judevine", "Dinner with Friends", "Harvey", and "God of Carnage".
She's dedicated her life to theater and teaching, having become a full-time lecturer at the Department of Theater and Dance at Texas State University in San Marcos. In 2010 she was a guest on "The Fran Drescher Show". Lane seems to prefer using her skills and experience to help others on their way to stardom.
Daniel Davis as Niles
Often an actor is known just because of one single role, no matter what that actor does. Such is the case with Daniel Davis, who played Niles, Mr. Sheffield's loyal butler. Davis has had appearances on legendary shows such as "Texas", "Dynasty", and "Star Trek: The Next Generation", but he will always be Niles.
His hilarious one-liners never gave anyone a chance to come back. Wasn't that British accent perfect? You might be surprised to know Davis wasn't British – he grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has also tried out comedy, singing, and dancing, though of course, he'll always be Niles.
Daniel Davis Now
Davis graduated from the Arkansas Arts Center with a degree in Fine Arts and worked as a stage actor. He starred on Broadway and at the famous Shakespeare Festival in Stratford.
When "The Nanny" ended, he played Judge Barton Wolfe on "The Practice" in 2000...for three episodes. He's also had roles on "Frasier", "Ugly Betty", and even in Christopher Nolan's "Prestige". In 2000, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his role in "Wrong Mountain". Recently he's been in "Gotham" and "The Blacklist". In 2010, he was part of the "Celebrity Autobiography" series, appearing alongside fellow cast member Lauren Lane.
Nicholle Tom as Maggie Sheffield
Nicholle Tom appeared in all 146 episodes, a feat few cast members achieved. Maggie was a preppy spitfire who had a sharp tongue we all loved.
Before she appeared as Maggie, Tom was in "Beverly Hills, 90210", as Scott Scanlon's sister. Before she became part of "The Nanny", she had the recurring role of Ryce Newton in the "Beethoven" movies. One of her more notable roles was that of Supergirl / Kara Kent, adding her voice to the character in the DC animated TV universe. In the last decade, she's been in "Master of Sex", "Gotham", "Criminal Minds", "Without a Trace", and "Burn Notice".
Nicholle Tom Now
Nicholle isn't the only actor in the Tom family – her twin brother David plays Billy Abbott on "The Young and the Restless". Nicholle's older sister, Heather, became famous thanks to her role as Katie Logan on "The Bold and the Beautiful".
Nicholle herself has kept up, earning multiple nominations during her career, including Leading Young Actress in 1993. Tom's highest-grossing film was the first "Beethoven", which earned almost a hundred and fifty million at the box office. She admitted to almost quitting acting but has had several recent roles worth remembering, such as in "Hollywood Darlings" and "F the Prom".
Benjamin Salisbury as Brighton Sheffield
The mischievous middle child, Brighton got up to plenty of trouble. His actor, Benjamin Salisbury, started acting in 1992 with the movie "Captain Ron", alongside Kurt Russell and Mary Kay Place.
By the time he turned thirteen, Benjamin was practically a household name, but he would end up going back to high school, graduating at nineteen. Though best known as the Sheffield son, Salisbury is an accomplished dancer who would treat audiences to dance routines between scenes. While he mostly stopped acting for once "The Nanny" ended, he did appear in "Numb3rs" in 2005.
Benjamin Salisbury Now
Salisbury moved to Washington D.C. To study journalism. His final acting credit came in 2006, in a short film called "On the Brink". In the same year, he also appeared in several Domino's Pizza commercials, as well as a "The Nanny" reunion.
Since 2017 he's been working for Universal Studios Hollywood as Director of Operations at the park. He's a husband and a father, married in 2006. He levied his modicum of fame in 2009 when promoting the campaign NO H8 — a campaign that was trying to promote marriage equality. Salisbury now lives with his family in California.
Madeline Zima as Grace Sheffield
Madeline Zima played the smartest, and youngest, of the Sheffield children, and she's been in plenty of other shows, too. We're talking big ones, like "Gilmore Girls", "7th Heaven", and "Grey's Anatomy".
"The Nanny" was her big break, and since it happened when she was still developing – she first appeared at the age of six – show business became her business. She's described the experience as “life-changing.” Just by being on-set, Zima received a masterclass in comedy and professionalism. "After The Nanny", her most memorable role was as Mia Lewis, an intelligent teen on the show "Californication" from 2007 to 2011.
Madeline Zima Now
In 2017, Zima worked with director David Lynch on two episodes of the revitalized "Twin Peaks", playing the character Tracey. She's also starred in the thriller "Painkillers", as a wife and mother who lost her son. She garnered praise for the role.
She's recently written and directed the film "Warm Human Magic", her first credit in either of those roles. The movie starred Zima's sister, Yvonne. Madeline has become the most famous of "The Nanny" cast nowadays, thanks in part to being a star before she even hit ten. Getting started at such a young age is nothing short of life-changing, as she's said.
Renee Taylor as Sylvia Fine
Fran might have been obnoxious, but Renee Taylor as Fran's mother was all that and so much more. Sylvia Fine appeared in ninety-four episodes. Long before "The Nanny", Taylor had made a name for herself thanks to the Broadway comedy she co-wrote with her late husband, "Lovers and Other Strangers".
Taylor's early credits include "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", "The Producers", "Made for Each Other", "Lovesick", and "The End of Innocence". In 2001 she and her husband hit Broadway with a two-person show, "If You Ever Leave Me...I'm Going With You!" She's also appeared in a number of post-Nanny series.
Renee Taylor Now
Once again Taylor shared the screen with Drescher in "Happily Divorced". She also had the recurring role of Mrs. Matsen, Ted's next-door neighbor, on "How I Met Your Mother". She's guest-starred on "Everwood", "Bob's Burgers", "Shake It Up", and has also appeared in "The Do-Over" with Adam Sandler. She also had a small part in the 2017 comedy "How to Be a Latin Lover".
She's also lent her voice to projects such as "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown", and "Allen Gregory". Her last project with her husband was an autobiographical play called "My Life on a Diet", based on her 1986 memoir. The two co-wrote the play before his death in 2017.
Ann Morgan Guilbert as Grandma Yetta
Gray hairdo: check. Cigarette in hand: check. Ann Morgan Guilbert played one of the most memorable characters on the show despite only appearing in fifty-six episodes.
Guilbert's career began all the way back in the 1950s as a singer, but she soared to fame as Millie Helper on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". She never stopped acting, appearing on "Seinfeld", "Law & Order: SVU", and even "Curb Your Enthusiasm". As an accomplished Broadway actress, Guilbert wowed in "The Billy Barnes Revue "and "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way". After a battle with cancer, Guilbert passed away at the age of eighty-seven in 2016.
Rachel Chagall as Val
Val was Fran's ditzy best friend since elementary school. Both characters had thick New York accents, both worked at a bridal shop, and both were from Queens. Val loved to visit Fran at the Sheffield mansions, where they would catch up over fancy snacks and hot tea.
Rachel Chagall, Val's actress, is best known for her role as Val, having appeared in seventy-nine episodes of the show. After that, she made some small appearances in shows like "Just Shoot Me!", "Strong Medicine", and "What I Like About You". She appeared in "The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember" in 2004.
Fran Drescher as Fran Fine
Before screeching into our lives as the actual Nanny, Fran Fine was in a few movies such as "Saturday Night Fever" and "Stranger in Our House". She began comedy roles with movies like "UHF" and "The Hollywood Knights". But it would be on "The Nanny" when her star would rise to incredible heights.
Her role as Fran Fine earned her two Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Thanks to the popularity of the series, she appeared in the film "Jack" with Robin Williams. After "The Nanny", she played the lead characters in "Living with Fran" and "Happily Divorced", though both shows only lasted two seasons.
Why Did the Show End?
According to Drescher, the reason the show ended was because of the romance between the main characters. When Fran Fine and Max Sheffield got married, according to Drescher, it made the show predictable and took away any surprise it could offer. There was nowhere else for the show to go, and ending the relationship wouldn't fly with the fans.
The show always drew large audiences, but once the relationship was set in stone, it marked the beginning of the end. Shortly after Max and Fran became an item, the sexual tension from the show disappeared and audiences started tuning out.
An Important Lesson for Other Shows
The choice to finally marry Max and Fran may have ended the show, but it told a lot of other showrunners something very important. Drescher has said that the show died because they changed the dynamic – it attracted millions of viewers thanks to the relationships, and changing those same relationships hurt the show.
As soon as the characters got together, viewers lost interest. Drescher apparently warned the producers multiple times that getting the main characters married would spell doom. However, it was up to the producers to create a storyline, which led to them doing something that would attract more viewers. It didn't work this time.
Fran Always Looked So Good. But...
As one of the stars of the nineties sitcom scene, Dran Drescher was always dressed to the nines. Drescher's slender frame came in handy showing off these clothes, but there's an awful truth to her look.
“I'd been the victim of a violent crime about 10 years before "The Nanny", and I hadn't really dealt with that,” Drescher revealed in an interview at New York City's "The Wing". “Thank God I was in therapy! Honestly, I just loved going to work and being Fran Fine, because she was nothing but funny and light, and my life was kind of a mess.”
More Than the Midnight Oil
Looking back on old episodes, Drescher recalls what was going on behind the scenes. When the show began, Drescher was a healthy 142 pounds, but by the fifth season, she had dwindled to 110 pounds. Drescher admitted to spreading herself too thin.
Drescher, now in her sixties has also battled cancer and has returned to a healthy weight. She doesn't miss her old body. She's saved some of her favorite wardrobe pieces, but will happily say that most of them don't fit anymore.
Mutterings of a Reboot
Reboots of favorite shows from the nineties are in right now, which has made fans of The Nineties raise their heads and their eyebrows. A reboot has been discussed, and showrunners were interested mostly in making a prequel. But, it's not to be. Drescher says: “It's not true. I mean, never say never, but....”
Drescher has revealed she and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, who co-created "The Nanny", were working on a new project. Rebooting (or continuing) the show would mean big changes since Fran was no longer the nanny – she'd be the mom!
Glorious, Beautiful, Wonderful Trivia
Fran's fashion-icon status went beyond the confines of the show. Mattel even used Fran's iconic look to create an official line of Barbies.
There's also a funny story about Sheffield's accent. A whole lot of British viewers found his accent insincere and fake. They wanted him to sound more like Niles. The odd wrinkle comes when you realize that Charles Shaughnessy, Sheffield's actor, was born in London, and Niles's actor, Daniel Davis, was born in Arkansas. Finally, a little-known fact is that Drescher, who wrote the show, and Peter Jacobson, who produced it, were married during the show's run.
Keeping the Names the Same
Despite the fact that Drescher and Jacobson are now divorced, they had already been talking about children. Drescher loved the names Brighton, Grace, and Maggie, which you may recognize as the names of the Sheffield children.
Drescher specifically wanted names that she connected with, in order to have more emotion with what would turn out to be her step-children. This takes on a sad tone when Drescher not only went through a divorce but had to go through a hysterectomy as part of her cancer treatments. Her children on the show were the only ones she would ever have.
Performing for the Audience
Drescher wanted a live audience for each filming, but she also wanted them pre-screened. Due to safety reasons, Drescher didn't want random people to show up at the production, and the network agreed to meet her request.
Their Central Casting department got to work finding professional “laughers” that would add their voices to the episodes. The audio tracks of the laughers got added to each episode, The show's casting director, Lisette St. Claire, became the world's first “laugher wrangler,” which became a big part of sitcoms in particular thanks to the need for a laugh track. It was all thanks to Fran's fear of strangers.
The Power of Running Gags
The main draw of "The Nanny" was the comedy, and a lot of that comedy came from running gags, which were all character-based. Every major character had specific traits and quirks. Parodying the traits with other characters, sometimes even breaking the fourth wall to do so, was a common tactic.
Fran often looked directly into the camera to deliver a punchline. A lot of the running gags came thanks to Beatles songs, "Fiddler on the Roof", and "My Fair Lady". A lot of Jewish and Yiddish humor gilded the show as well.
Before Becoming Fran
After "The Nanny", Drescher had a few sitcoms: "Living with Fran", from 2005 to 2007, and "Happily Divorced", from 2011 to 2013. She lent her voice to Eunice from "Hotel Transylvania", and even appeared on Broadway as Cinderella's evil stepmother.
But long before Fran became famous, she was competing in beauty pageants in Queens, New York. She was only in high school when she met her future husband and business partner, Peter Jacobson. One of her classmates in high school was fellow TV comedian Ray Romano. Somehow, these two famous names never even met until their twentieth high school reunion.
When Drescher and Jacobson graduated high school in 1975, they went on to Queens College, but they both dropped out after only a year. (All the acting classes were filled). They got married at twenty-one years old, in 1978, and both enrolled in cosmetology school.
While the couple divorced in 1999, they've remained supportive of each other. They remained together as business partners and friends. “We choose to be in each other's lives in any capacity. Our love is unique, rare, and unconditional. Unless he's being annoying,” Drescher has said. Jacobson was there for Drescher emotionally as well as professionally, giving support during her cancer scare.
Cancer Couldn't Take Her
After years of different symptoms and misdiagnoses, Drescher received the diagnosis of uterine cancer. Following a radical hysterectomy, she penned a book about her experience which she titled "Cancer Schmancer". Her goal was to raise cancer awareness for both men and women, focusing on the early warning signs of the disease.
Drescher has received the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award, which recognizes those who work to raise awareness and spread information about cancer. In 2010, she was the guest of honor at the Dancer Against Cancer charity ball in Austria. This is also where she received a My Aid Award for her role in support of cancer prevention and rehabilitation.
One Fine Flight
After small roles in "Saturday Night Fever" and "This Is Spinal Tap", Drescher was still relatively unknown, but that all changed when she sat next to the president of CBS on a flight from the US to France.
“I started talking to him and he was a captive audience, because where was he going to go, coach?” After the nine-and-a-half hour flight, the president told Drescher, when she returned to Los Angeles, to bring in Peter Jacobson (the show's co-creator) and they could officially pitch the show to the network's development department.
A Big Stable of Guest Stars
From Hollywood stars to future presidents, "The Nanny" had all kinds of guest stars appear on one episode or another. For recurring guests, there was Ray Charles as Yetta's fiance Sammy, Pamela Anderson as Fran's bubble-headed nemesis Heather Biblow, Lainie Kazan, Steve Lawrence, Spalding Gray, Fred Stoller, and Andrew Levitas.
One-shot appearances as characters include Dan Aykroyd, Jason Alexander, Roseanne Barr, and Joan Collins. Guests as themselves include Chevy Chase, Elton John, Hugh Grant, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Celine Dion, Billy Ray Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, and even a very pre-presidential Donald Trump. And all that is barely half the list.
Acting for Two
The cast of "The Nanny" was never very large, and though they had plenty of guest stars, sometimes actors had to play two separate characters. This included Drescher playing her "This Is Spinal Tap" character Bobbi Flekman, and there's even an episode featuring Drescher as Fran Drescher AND Drescher as Fran Fine in the same episode.
There's also the episode “Not Without My Nanny,” which has Charles Shaughnessy playing both Max Sheffield as well as a character known as the Sultan. The character wouldn't fly today, since it's just Shaughnessy's face was painted brown.
Living the Same Life
The show is pretty much Drescher's life slightly adjusted for TV. Not only is her first name the same on the show, but there are plenty of extra details that are the same. Both Frans are from Queens, both have parents named Morty and Sylvia and a sister named Nadine, and both graduated from Hillcrest High. Both went to school with Ray Romano. (Though his name was Ray Barone in the show).
Drescher even was the nanny for Tiggy Lawson's daughter before starting the show (Twiggy appeared on the show as Max's sister during one episode). The big difference was that Drescher never worked at a bridal shop – her mother worked at one.
Mexico adores "The Nanny". The network TV Azteca put the reruns on for years, and even after decades, the show is still a bedrock of the afternoon on Azteca 7, along with "The Simpsons" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
The Italian dub changed Fran to Francesa and turned her into a fish-out-of-water Italian woman in New York. The Russian remake has plenty of different jokes thanks to cultural differences. The show was as loved overseas as it was in the states, but the episode with Lamb Chop, the famous lamb puppet, didn't do so well. Lamb Chop isn't very well known outside the US.
Those Meddling Executives
Drescher originally only wanted two children on the show, a boy and a girl, but executives thought it would be a good idea to have an older child that Fran could bond with on more than a generational basis. Thus, Maggie Sheffield, the oldest child, joined the cast.
Fran mentored Maggie through many of life's trials, up to and including Maggie getting married. While this wasn't too bad, the execs also wanted the romance between Fran and Max to move faster – stating if they didn't do it in season five, there wouldn't be a season six.
Pregnant or Crazy? Both.
During the run of the show, Lauren Lane, who played C.C. Babcock, got pregnant. It happens. There was a hilarious send-up of other show's attempts to hide the fact that a female character has gotten pregnant, using tactics like wearing slimming black outfits or holding items in front of themselves.
It's just that the characters often commented on Babcock doing such things, including at one point holding a big poster with the word “Baby” in front of her body. When Lauren finally took time off the show to give birth, her absence is explained as Babcock spending time at a mental hospital.
Really, He Hated Everyone Except Fran
One of the show's running jokes is that C.C. Babcock isn't right, and may in fact be evil. One way it presented this was having her try to connect with Sheffield's dog, Chester, picking him up and kissing him. At this point, he would fly into a snarling rage.
In reality, this is because Chester was Fran's dog in real life. He was so fiercely protective of her, that if anyone other than Drescher picked him up, he would squirm and bark. Of course, the show developed this into showing that Babcock was evil, or crazy, or whatever else made sense, and saying that the dog had a good judge of character.
You Better Believe It's Set in the Nineties
The show took place entirely during the 1990s, and it's pretty easy to see that in each and every episode. The fashion sense of the era is notably different, such as Maggie's babydoll dresses and all of Fran's navel-exposing outfits. There are also references to events such as the O.J. Simpson trial and the Menendez brothers.
Max's office doesn't have a computer in it, and if a phone is cordless, then it's huge. No mini-laptops or cell phones in sight. Plus, it can be depressing to count the number of guest stars who have already passed away since appearing on the show.
More than one family member appeared on the show. Chester the dog was Drescher's pooch in real life (which explains his excitement around her). Joseph Bologna, Renee Taylor's husband, guest-starred in a pair of episodes as two different characters.
Fran Drescher's real parents Morty and Sylvia appeared in several episodes as “Uncle Stanley and Aunt Rose.” Twiggy Lawson, the woman Drescher nannied for in real life, appears in the show once, and her husband, Leigh Lawson, played Jocelyn's chauffeur in “Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off.”
History Never Stops Changing
More than anything else in the series, Yatta's background changes the most during the show. She had her sweet sixteen on Ellis Island. She came to America for an arranged marriage. She got married in the old country. She flew to Poland for her first wedding anniversary. She got married because she got knocked up by the “seltzer man” (we don't know either). She was at Pearl Harbor, she was on the Titanic.
The story is constantly changing, but the show made a running gag of the character being senile, so there is at least a reason for the different details. While the show made light of a serious disease, it was light-hearted enough not to offend.
Two Out of Three Isn't Bad
Out of the three young actors who got into a romantic relationship with Maggie Sheffield, two of them went on to become big stars. First, there was James Marsden, a delivery boy who gives Maggie her first kiss. Marsden has been in dozens of shows and scores of movies, including the original X-Men series, "Ally McBeal", and "Westworld".
The second actor was Barry Watson, a consummate TV actor and part of the main cast on "7th Heaven". Andrew Levitas, Maggie's final boyfriend, was a model when he appeared on the show. He is now married to British musician Katherine Jenkins.
Fresh Flowers Every Day
Fran and the rest of the cast were always seen in classy clothing that made them look their best, but the actors and actresses weren't the only part of the production that required to be prettied up every day. Besides beautiful pieces of furniture and art that the cast lounges on, every episode featured fresh flowers for the entryway to the Sheffield home.
In addition, the exterior of the glorious Sheffield home looks similarly beautiful – though it was actually a luxury apartment building worth almost fifteen million dollars. Only the best for the Sheffield family.
Only One Jacket for Max
While Fran Fine changed outfits multiple times per episode – and is never seen in the same outfit twice – Max Sheffield reuses clothes pretty often. In particular, he has a green safari jacket that he wears in nearly every episode, at least once.
While the show was running it wasn't obvious, but when reruns started running four in a row, people started noticing that he was wearing the jacket often. He even seems to have two versions of the same jacket. The green jacket was a thick cotton canvas, and there was a deep terracotta color that seems to have been made of suede.
Could Have Been Related
Nicholle Tom, who played Maggie Sheffield, and Lauren Lane, who played C.C. Babcock, bore a striking similarity. Their hair color and hair cut were so similar that they could have been mother and daughter.
With a few changes to their wardrobe, the two could have been spitting images of each other. For the most part, this is never brought up on the show, but in the episode “The Two Mrs. Sheffields,” C.C. says that the two of them could have been twins. The show had an opportunity to inject some drama into the show as far as Maggie's parentage, but it wasn't the right tone for the show.
More Real Life Details
Just like his character explains, Charles Shaughnessy did in fact go to Eton college. However, while Sheffield's family members constantly remind him that he went there with famous actor Jeremy Irons, his actor never attended the same school as Irons. While Maxwell saw Irons as his biggest competition at school, Irons actually went to a different boys' boarding school — Sherborne School.
A perfect combination of details taken from the actor's real-life, yet adjusted to create more drama and humor. It's exactly what shows should be doing since it's easy for the actor to incorporate the details.
Who's Rocking Whom?
In 1992, a movie came out ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle") about a woman who infiltrates the life of a woman who her own as revenge. The review of "The Nanny" from the "Los Angeles Times" joked that Max Sheffield should have been more careful about who he hired, in order to avoid the movie's situation.
Madeline Zima, who played Gracie Sheffield on "The Nanny", actually starred in the movie, playing the daughter for which the nanny was hired. No doubt the review took the detail into account.
She Came Around
Madeline Zima didn't enjoy her time on the show very much. She would eventually come to appreciate all the skills and training she got for her career in the entertainment world. However, while she was actually on the show she said she was treated more like a prop than a human being.
Of course, Gracie was the youngest of the Sheffield children, so she had the least acting experience to help her, and the older Sheffield children were easier to work with. Still, the actress's opinion of the show took a while to shift to an appreciative tone.
The Final Mystery
Throughout the entire run of the show, one particular detail was never explained or revealed: That of what “C.C.” of C.C. Babcock stands for. The show teased viewers over and over about what the letter could have meant, and fans applied themselves to try and guess it before the show revealed it – even if it was never revealed.
And at last, in the very last episode, the secret was explained: C.C. stands for “Chastity Claire.” Now, aren't you glad you spent all that time trying to figure it out? It's good to apply yourself to the great mysteries of the world.
Stay Away From the Sweets
Fran's on-screen mom, Sylvia Fine, was known for her voracious appetite, eating pretty much constantly whenever she appeared on the show. Unfortunately, it became a problem for the actress, who gained anywhere from thirty-five to fifty pounds depending on the source.
Her doctor explained that she should try not to eat on set, and when she explained how much appetite her character had, he wrote her a note to give the producers. Again, information differs, but some say the note required fat-free food, while others say that she should try to eat as little as possible.