About this actor
Renée Taylor (born Renée Wechsler; March 19, 1933) is an American actress, occasional writer and one-time director, best-known for playing Fran Drescher's outspoken mother, Sylvia Fine, on the TV series The Nanny. Born in the Bronx, New York, from 1992 to 1994 she played a stereotypically overbearing Jewish mother of the lead character on the HBO series Dream On. Beginning in 1993, she began playing the overbearing mother of Fran, the title character on The Nanny. The two roles overlapped while both shows were on the air at the same time. Taylor has been married to actor Joseph Bologna since 1965, and is the mother of actor Gabriel Bologna. Taylor and Bologna co-wrote the Broadway hit comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, and received Oscar nominations for writing the 1970 film adaptation. In the early 1960s, Taylor worked as a comedian at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. In 1971, the couple co-wrote and starred in the film Made...