Rita Moreno has been cast to play Fran
Drescher's mother in the upcoming TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced,
all-things-Latino website Hispanically
Speaking News reported.
The comedy show is based on Drescher's
real-life dating adventures after her 1999 divorce from Peter Marc
Jacobson, an openly gay Hollywood producer. The pair met in high
school and married in 1978.
Drescher and her husband created and
produced the long-running CBS sitcom The Nanny, which starred
Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish working class woman from Queens who
creates chaos when she lands a job looking after the children of an
upper class Broadway producer in New York.
Jacobson and Drescher will reunite to
co-produce Happily Divorced.
Also in the sitcom is Valente
Rodriguez, who is best known for playing George Lopez's best friend
in the Emmy-winning ABC comedy George Lopez.
In a recent Oprah Winfrey Show
appearance, Drescher and Jacobson said they remain good friends to
this day and campaign together for gay rights. Drescher
told Oprah that the couple enjoyed a healthy sex life during their 21
years of marriage.