fran drescher shiva ayyadurai email inventor dating Happily Divorceds Fran Drescher dating Shiva Ayyadurai   EMAIL inventor, but not <i>that</i> emailFran Drescher, star of the recently canceled “Happily Divorced,” is happily divorced — and dating a new man. The 56-year-old actress stepped out this week with Shiva Ayyadurai for the premiere of “Bridegroom” and a source tells US Weekly the two were “very affectionate” with each other.

“He [gave] her a kiss. They [were] all smiles and [seemed] very into each other and very much in love,” says the source.

If you recognize Ayyadurai’s name, it might be because of an internet kerfuffle about a year and a half ago where the Washington Post wrote that he invented email — and then were quick the change the profile when numerous readers pointed out that actual electronic messaging predates Ayyadurai’s work in 1978.

Gizmodo lays it out for you here — Ayyadurai invented “EMAIL,” a program to send electronic messages, but not actually the ability to send what we now refer to as “emails.”

Either way, he’s dating the former “Nanny” star. She tweeted the above picture of them on Oct. 1, so the relationship is at least a few weeks old. Drescher was famously married to Peter Marc Jacobson, a TV writer/producer/director, for over 20 years. They divorced in 1999 and he came out of the closet, but the two remain very close.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."