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Fran Drescher Hosted A Very Necessary 'Nanny' Reunion With Mr. Sheffield

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 29/03/2016 Cole Delbyck

ATHENA IMAGE © CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images ATHENA IMAGE "Mr. Shefffffield!"

That's how Fran Drescher of the beloved sitcom The Nanny must greet her co-star Charles Shaughnessy every time they talk, right? 

Drescher recently hosted a birthday party at her home for Renée Taylor, who played her mother on the series, reuniting some key cast members of The Nanny. The last time we saw the Fines and Sheffields together was in the Lifetime's 2004 special, A Nosh to Remember, so it's been 12 years too long without Drescher's iconic cackle. 

Thankfully, Shaughnessy shared some photos of the reunion on social media to celebrate Taylor's 83rd birthday. 

"An evening with the mother in law! Happy Birthday Renee!!" he captioned a pic of himself, Drescher and Taylor smiling together. He later shared two more photos to commemorate the occasion. 

Shaughnessy and Drescher last shared the screen in Drescher's now defunct sitcom Happily Divorced, where the British actor guest starred as a love interest for her character. In fact, the TV Land series often paid tribute to The Nanny including former cast members like Shaughnessy and Taylor, as well as regular winks and nods to Drescher's former role. 

For Drescher, however, The Nanny remains a high point in her career, not only because it secured her a spot in the sitcom hall of fame (Is that a thing? It should be a thing), but because the series allowed Drescher to put her many talents to use. 

"I like doing more than just acting. I like to write, I like to produce, I like to have opinions about sets and casting and costumes. Everything," she told Biography in 2015. "What was extremely gratifying for me was that I was able to make a contribution on all those levels and, ultimately, the success of the show itself."

Ah, Fran, how we've missed you. 

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