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Fran Drescher of ‘The Nanny’ marries Shiva Ayyadurai

Celebrities that pulled off a sneaky wedding

Scientist Shiva Ayyadurai and actress Fran Drescher quietly wed. According to People magazine, she wore Badgley Mischka, he wore Ralph Lauren.

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She’s the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan! Fran Drescher has tied the knot.

Hear that, Mista Sheffield!?

“Surprise!!!!! We got married!” “The Nanny” alum tweeted Sunday, sharing a snapshot of herself with her new husband, inventor-entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai.

“I married my warrior princess @frandrescher who my mom in God’s great Heaven sent,"  Ayyadurai tweeted. " Be The Light - Know the Truth - Find Your Way.”


She of the signature foghorn effect wed the MIT lecturer and computer-science guy at their beachfront home on Sunday in front of an “intimate group of family and friends,” her assistant told The Times.

Drescher, 56, who played the Sheffield household’s leopard-print-loving nanny on the long-running CBS sitcom, wore a red Badgley Mischka gown.

Ayyadurai wore a Ralph Lauren suit, People reported.

Drescher’s one-time on-screen husband, Charles Shaugnessey (Mr. Sheffield), was among those on hand to congratulate her on her union.


“The secret’s out! Congratulations to my darling @frandrescher and @va_shiva May you enjoy this lifetime and many more,” he tweeted, posting a picture with the blushing bride sporting a bindi on her forehead and a red ensemble, which keeps with Hindu marriage rites.

TV Land’s “Happily Divorced” star met 50-year-old Ayyadurai about a year ago when he was giving a talk at an event hosted by holistic health guru Deepak Chopra, according to the Huffington Post.

It’s the second marriage for “Cancer Schmancer” author Drescher, who was previously wed to her producing partner Peter Marc Jacobson. The comedic duo were husband and wife for 21 years before divorcing in 1999; Jacobson then revealed he was gay. Still producing together, the former couple based their TV Land series on their relationship.

“When we were married, we were a heterosexual married couple,” Jacobson told The Times in 2011. “It’s different now, but our love has always been there. The divorce was very amicable. Everything was split down the middle. We always have done our best when we’re together.”

“The Nanny” reruns seem to be in order. Or a nostalgic look at all my Loehmann’s wares... Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.

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