Friday, September 5, 2008

'The Nanny' takes on US diplomacy role

Television star Fran Drescher will serve as the newest envoy for United States public diplomacy, with trips planned later this month to eastern Europe, the State Department announced.

Star of the television comedy hit, The Nanny, Drescher will join baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr and US figure-skating superstar Michelle Kwan as envoys who help polish Washington's image abroad.

Drescher is "a Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, cancer survivor and founder of non-profit organisation the Cancer Schmancer Movement," the State Department said in a statement.

"She will support US public diplomacy efforts, including working with health organisations and women's groups to raise awareness of women's health issues, cancer awareness and detection, and patient empowerment and advocacy," it said.

Her first trip in late September will include stops in Romania, Hungary, Kosovo and Poland, it said.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Goli Ameri will formally announce Drescher's appointment in Washington on Monday (local time).


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