C.C. BabcockABOUTBornChastity-Claire Renae BabcockNickname(s)C.C. (by everybody, including herself)Ms Babcook, Caca, Ms Boobcock (by Niles)Ms. Babcock (by Fran)C period C period Babcock (by herself)DiedNo Death AwareOccupationBroadway Producer PartnerRELATIONSHIPSFamilyNiles (husband) Unnamed Child Stewart Babcock (father)B.B. Babcock (mother)Noel Babcock (brother)D.D. Babcock (sister)G.G. Babcock (paternal cousin)Grandpa Babcock (paternal grandfather)Grandmama Babcock (paternal grandmother) *Unnamed man (uncle)Mimi (aunt)RomancesNiles (husband)Chandler (ex-boyfriend)Colin (ex-boyfriend)Maxwell (lifelong crush)BACKSTAGEPortrayed byLauren LaneSeason(s)1-6First seenLast seenThe PilotThe Finale Part II
Fran Drescher, who is best known for portraying the fashion-forward child-minder Fran Fine in the iconic '90s sitcom, "The Nanny," has always been open about her relationship history. In February 2020, she spoke to People about her breakup with her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, to whom she was married for over two decades. During their union, "The Nanny," which they also developed together, became a hit. But the marriage began to crumble and the two eventually divorced. Jacobson would later come out to his former wife as gay. "Peter started to have control issues that I found somewhat suffocating, and only in hindsight, do we now understand that he was working so hard to control his authentic self, his true orientation," Drescher said. They remain close, as seen on her Instagram.
CharacterJanice Litman-GoralnikNameJanice Litman-GoralnikNicknamesJust Janice (by Chandler Bing)AliasesJanice Hosenstein (maiden name) Janice Litman (first married name) Janice Goralnik (second married name)GenderFemaleDate of birthDecember 12, 1964RelativesGary Litman (ex-husband) Sid Goralnik (husband) Unnamed daughter (with Gary) Aaron Goralnik (son with Sid)RelationshipsChandler Bing (ex-boyfriend, 1994, 1996, 1998) Ross Geller (ex-boyfriend, 1999)InformationFirst appearance"The One With The East German Laundry Detergent"Last appearance"The One Where Estelle Dies"Number of episodes19Portrayed byMaggie WheelerSeasonsS1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10
Watch Fran talk about Peter in a 2013 clip below. If you love Fran Drescher and are impressed that she and her gay ex-husband have maintained a positive relationship, please share this article with your friends!
It was reported that Giamo found out about the relationship between her ex-husband and the celebrity chef through tabloids and pop culture news outlets when De Laurentiis revealed that she was seeing someone new.
Peter Marc Jacobson: Fran and I took a vacation together to Paris after we were divorced, and we started getting into all these fights, and started going back to the way we were when married. We looked at each other and said, this would be a funny movie. We started writing it and called it HappilyDivorced. Keith Cox at TV Land then called Fran and said, what would you like to do for TV if you were producing your own show ... and if you were to star in the show? She said well, that would be easy, it would be me and my gay ex-husband, and her boyfriend and our weird little triangle. She asked, should I tell you the rest of my ideas, and he said no because I just bought that one. Easiest sale in television history. [Laughs]
A great show coming up for Judy. She has a boyfriend, and we'll have a very exciting guest star for that: Cyndi Lauper plays Renee Taylor's daughter. And Peter has been having a relationship, which he hasn't told Fran about, and that comes out. He's in a movie theater, and she sees him and says what?! He says, we are on a date, and the guy next to him says, we've been going out for three months, and she's not happy about that.
Based on Drescher's real life, Happily Divorced starred The Nanny alum as a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out that her husband (John Michael Higgins) is gay and must learn to juggle her relationships with her boyfriend and her ex-husband.
Prime (about Time)According to Lewis, he and Lee were shocked to find themselves in Lifetime's first holiday movie with a lead gay story line."We feel very lucky to be representing our community in that way," he said. "Certainly it doesn't represent the full spectrum of the community, but we hope that it's a good, and frankly overdue, first step."Lewis also spoke of what it was like to act in romantic scenes with his own husband."In a ten-year relationship, there are not a lot of firsts," he said. "But to be acting opposite each other for the first time ever was really interesting because we're so comfortable with each other. To try and remember what it feels like at the beginning of a relationship, when the initial sparks are flying, all the nerves and the self-consciousness that goes along with that, that was really an interesting and fun and romantic time to revisit. It was a really great experience."The actor admits that he and Lee were a bit nervous going into the project, and that they had some fleeting moments of tension during the shooting, but they worked through those feelings fairly quickly. Lewis added that once it was announced that they were doing the film, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Neither of them were familiar with made-for-TV holiday films, he pointed out."You don't really realize how many people watch these movies and love these movies until it's announced that you're doing one," he said. "Then all of a sudden everyone you know is coming out of the woodwork and saying how excited they are about it, so that's been really gratifying. I've seen a couple of negative tweets here and there there's always going to be that contingent of trolls in anything that you do. We're definitely focusing on the positive, and the positive has really been overwhelming."Being on the set of the film was also a positive experience. It was the first set he was on where the majority of the key players were either members of the LGBTQ community or fierce allies. Pat Mills, the film's director, is gay, as is writer Michael J. Murray. Lewis spoke very highly of Drescher."I think the LGBTQ community is truly close to her heart and a part of her soul," he said. "She and I share a birthday which we celebrated together on set. You know how everyone has that one celebrity that you share a birthday with? They're your celebrity birthday twin? Well, Fran has always been that for me. So when I heard there was a possibility of her playing my mom I thought, 'This is too good to be true.' I knew we were going to be shooting on my birthday, and so I couldn't believe how lucky I was to be celebrating my birthday on set, in a pandemic, with Fran Drescher and my husband. It was beyond surreal, it was such a gift."Lewis said that all possible precautions were taken during filming to keep everyone safe amid the pandemic. Cast and crew were tested three times a week, and everyone's temperature was taken daily when they showed up for work. A checklist of potential symptoms were crossed off each day to make sure that no one was experiencing any of them, and the crew wore masks whenever they were on set. And now that the film is complete, both Lewis and Drescher couldn't be happier with the results. "It has no angst to it," Drescher said of the film. "No negativity. It's just joyful and loving and in the true spirit of the holiday, there's absolutely no downside. I just hope that more and more people in creative positions continue to present the diversity that is the human experience."
Get HappyAlso worth checking out is Happiest Season, a lesbian holiday film now streaming on Hulu. Directed by lesbian actress/filmmaker Clea DuVall, the film stars bisexual actress Kristen Stewart. Happiest Season is a charming fable about Abby and Harper (Stewart, Mackenzie Davis), a lesbian couple in Pittsburgh who have been together for about a year. Abby thinks that Harper is "the one" and buys her a wedding ring. When Harper invites Abby to spend Christmas with her family, Abby agrees, only to find out a little too late that Harper isn't out to her conservative parents. Abby agrees to pretend that they're just friends for the next five days.Harper comes from a very dysfunctional family. Her parents (Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber) have spent their lives worrying about what the neighbors will think, while their other two daughters try a little too hard to live up to Mom and Dad's ridiculously high expectations. Abby, meanwhile, is beginning to rethink her relationship with Harper after Harper reconnects with an old boyfriend (Jake McDorman), and an old girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza). As her parents' Christmas party approaches, Harper goes deeper and deeper into the closet as Abby feels increasingly left out.A far more serious film than Christmas Setup, Happiest Season is nonetheless an enjoyable holiday story. Stewart and Davis are both superb as two young women who genuinely love each other, but who may or may not be able to overcome the obstacles now standing in their way. Steenburgen is especially good as the mom who seems to be more interested in putting her kids on display than she is in accepting them for who they are.Although it deals with the very serious themes of coming out to one's less than accepting family and being true to oneself, Happiest Season is not a downbeat film. It has quite a few lighthearted moments and is cast to perfection with a group of actors who play off each other beautifully. It's a film about learning lessons. Abby must learn to give Harper another chance, Harper must learn to fully and proudly accept herself for who she is, while her parents learn the true meaning of embracing one's family during the holidays. It's a lovely film, one that might stay with viewers after the final fadeout.Dashing throughAnd finally, The Paramount Network offers Dashing in December, which premieres on December 13. The film, which stars Juan Pablo Di Pace, Peter Porte and Andie MacDowell, will be simulcast on Logo, Pop and TV Land. It's another sweet, wholesome gay romantic holiday film. The film's story is simple. When Wyatt (Porte) returns home for the holidays in an effort to convince his mother (MacDowell) to sell the family's Colorado ranch, an unexpected romance develops between him and the handsome new ranch hand Heath (Di Pace), who wants to save the ranch and its Winter Wonderland attraction. As they begin to fall for each other, Heath manages to reignite the spirit of Christmas in Wyatt's lonely heart. Latin lover Di Pace, a native of Argentina, may make viewers hearts melt with his smoldering good looks. He and Porte are magical when they appear onscreen together. Both actors are gay, and the film features a diverse cast and crew.Dashing in December may be another sweet and somewhat sappy film, but it's likable, and it's good to see so many gay and lesbian characters being included in mainstream entertainment. Help keep the Bay Area Reporter going in these tough times. To support local, independent, LGBTQ journalism, consider becoming a BAR member. 2b1af7f3a8