Fran Drescher Dating Email Inventor Shiva Ayyadurai

You may not know Fran Drescher’s new boyfriend by name but he’s probably had a major impact on your life. The former star of The Nanny is dating Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email.

Us Weekly reports that Drescher, 59, and Ayyaduri, 49, were recently spotted out at the premiere of Bridegroom at the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. The couple walked the red carpet and shared a little information about their relationship.

This Halloween, for instance, Fran Drescher is planning on doing a sexy couples themed costume with her new boyfriend.

Drescher said: “I don’t think we’ve decided yet but we know what we’re doing. We’ve got some really good parties to go to and Iron & Wine, which is one of my favorite bands, is playing down at the Orpheum so we’re gonna be doing all that. I can’t do anything but sexy so we gotta work along those lines.”

Can you make email sexy? Will Fran Drescher dress up as a sexy computer?

Ayyaduri is credited with the invention of email. He developed a full-scale emulation of a mail system called EMAIL in 1978 when he was still in high school. Ayyaduri copyrighted the idea in 1982 but some argue that Ray Tomlinson should get credit for the invention because he sent the first “text letter” between two computers back in 1971.

Gizmodo writes: “Why have you never heard of him? Probably because there’s precious little evidence that Ayyadurai came remotely close to inventing email, beyond a few misleading childhood documents and a US Copyright form of dubious weight.”

Did Ayyaduri really invent email? Is he really dating Fran Drescher? Well, we only know one of those things for sure.

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