Actress, author, producer and activist Fran Drescher starred in and produced the Emmy Award-winning sitcom “The Nanny.” In 1996, Drescher released her first book, Enter Whining, and teamed up with Robin Williams for a role in the big-picture release “Jack.” She also produced and starred in “The Beautician and the Beast” (co-starring Timothy Dalton). After penning her best-selling 2002 book, Cancer Schmancer, Drescher returned to the small screen for the sitcom “Living With Fran.”
Since then, Drescher has become an outspoken cancer activist. She launched her own Cancer Schmancer Movement in 2007, and her international philanthropic efforts have earned her the title of Y.S. Special Diplomacy Envoy.
ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?
FRAN DRESCHER: I would want to speak with him about being a leader in moving Americans toward living more preventative, healthy lifestyles.
RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?
FD: I would tell him that he should make a date with our worst enemy, and sit in a room together, alone, until they shared a laugh. As the Dalai Lama once told me, “World peace means solving problems peacefully.”
RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?
FD: How come you don’t support marriage equality?
RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
FD: I have considered it, and when the time is right I’ll dive in!
Bronk is a seasoned Capitol Hill strategist and advocate. She started her career at The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for the arts and entertainment industry, in July 1998. During her tenure as CEO, Bronk has taken The Creative Coalition from a New York-based entity to a national organization. www.thecreativecoalition.org