• Enter Winning: Fran Drescher Ever After!

    Feb. 29, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

    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.

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  • Nannihiliated

    Jan. 26, 2012, 11:07 a.m.

    My brother and sister-in-law had a daughter the same year we got Mikey, so even though they’re about 18 months apart, we’ve been going through growing pains together. They like having us as vanguards of what to expect, and sometimes dread, as the Adorable Ones become the Terrible Twos. By the way, research has shown that Terrible Two is a misnomer. The temper tantrums, whininess, refusal to listen, and general awfulness is understood to be a longer period, beginning before the second birthday and ending, if you’re lucky, around age four. It’s like running a marathon, and then being told, oh, one more.

    When Mikey first came to our home, my parents talked to my brother and I and our partners, and said, “Don’t forget about date nights.”

    “We don’t want to go on date nights,” we all laughed. “We don’t want to miss one moment with our baby!”

    Eyes narrowed. “Don’t neglect your time with each other. Don’t forget about sex, birthdays, and date nights. Find a baby-sitter.

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  • Modern Family: Peter Marc Jacobson on Success, Sexuality, and Being in Love with Fran Drescher

    June 1, 2011, 4:50 p.m.

    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. 

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