The actor, known for starring in “The Nanny” and her work in many other TV series and movies, is running on a similar platform as Carteris through Unite for Strength, the faction that has held the top leadership post at SAG-AFTRA since 2009, with support from the like-minded New York-based SAG group USAN.
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“I’m honored to have been asked to run,” Drescher said in a statement. “I hope to apply my experience as the president of the Cancer Schmancer Movement and my success on Capitol Hill and as a Public Diplomacy Envoy for uniting our union, increasing member benefits and giving our 160K-strong membership a more significant presence on the national landscape.”
News of Drescher’s planned run was first reported by Deadline. Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”) will run alongside Drescher for the post of Secretary-Treasurer. “The Practice” star Camryn Manheim will run for a seat on the national board as will Carteris.
Carteris has given her endorsement to Drescher. Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things”), who lost a hard-fought campaign for the presidency against Carteris in 2019, announced his candidacy in May. Modine represented the Membership First party that led the Screen Actors Guild in the early 2000s. The political dynamic within the performers union changed significantly after the 2012 merger between SAG and AFTRA. Carteris first became president in April 2016 following the death of then-president Ken Howard.
“I am so pleased to have served the members of SAG-AFTRA for the last five and a half years and it is with joy and humility that I pass the baton to a new team of experienced and dedicated leaders who will guide the union into the future,” Carteris said in a statement. “With Fran Drescher at the helm, I know our union and our membership are in great hands. It’s bittersweet to move on, but I do so with gratitude and great confidence in Fran and the remarkable Anthony Rapp.”
SAG-AFTRA’s formal list of candidates for its upcoming officers election will be revealed next week. The final ballots will be tabulated on Sept. 2.
Drescher first debuted on screen in a small role in “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta, but she became a household name for co-creating, producing and starring in the domestic comedy “The Nanny,” which ran from 1993 to 1999 on CBS. Drescher played Fran Fine, a stylish nanny from Queens who looks after the family of a rich British producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy).
Recently, Drescher has starred in the animated film series “Hotel Transylvania” and made her Broadway debut in 2014’s “Cinderella.” She’s also been healthcare advocate, after her own cancer diagnosis in 2000, and an LGTBQ rights activist.
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