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Linda Hamilton's First Frasier Guest Appearance Was Hidden From Viewers

Linda Hamilton's First Frasier Guest Appearance Was Hidden From Viewers

In season four, episode 24, Frasier receives calls from a woman named Laura, who is evidently flying into Seattle to visit her sister, Molly, but she has dialed the wrong number. Feeling particularly lonesome at the time, Frasier decides to drive to the airport to meet Laura, who is played by none other than Linda Hamilton, who will soon be seen in the fifth season of “Stranger Things.” The two chat for a while at the airport bar, before Laura reveals that she’s married, and the pair go their separate ways. It’s a sweet little moment between the doctor and a woman he thinks could be good match for him, even though it’s a very brief appearance by Hamilton. Which is why it’s quite nice to know that this wasn’t the “Terminator” star’s only role on “Frasier.”

Hamilton actually had a cameo in the pilot episode as a guest caller named Claire, who dialed into Frasier’s show towards the end of the episode. Hamilton made the most of her brief voiceover role, telling Dr. Crane in distraught tones that she’s struggling to move on from her ex-boyfriend after eight months and adding that it’s “almost like [she’s] in mourning or something.”

Casting director Jeff Greenberg told Vanity Fair about the genesis of Hamilton’s voiceover role, saying, “I was friends with Linda Hamilton, and Chris [Lloyd, writer-producer] was friends with Griffin Dunne. They came in and recorded the callers for the pilot.” Greenberg also explained to Entertainment Weekly that he was “hunting down people” during the first season of “Frasier,” as the show had yet to establish itself as the mega hit sitcom it would become. Thankfully his friendship with Hamilton made her an easy get for Claire, the scorned lover. We’re just glad she also came back later for a proper role on the show. 

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