There was something missing when I interviewed Fran Drescher. It wasn’t her signature voice, which was present and accounted for and can probably be identified by deaf dogs on Saturn. Nor was it her infectious personality; our 45-minute talk didn’t feel so much like an interview as it did a casual conversation. And it wasn’t her lack of spontaneity; Drescher doesn’t dance around questions or formulate “correct” answers or second-guess her replies; you ask her something and she, very simply, responds.
It sounds like a story they’d create on a Hollywood back lot, perfect for a sitcom, maybe with a cute little ditty to start the show. The opening credits would say something about how He (Peter Marc Jacobson) fell in love with Her (Fran Drescher), when they were both 15. From Flushing, Queens, no less, the two got married at 21 and decided to become big stars and move to Los Angeles.