Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce Believed These Actors Could Have Played Maris Crane

Frasierlike its predecessor, Cheers, had an unseen character. Dr. Niles Cranes’ first wife, Maris Crane, was talked about often but never seen. The show’s co-creators never meant for it to happen that way. Initially, they planned to cast Maris eventually, but the grandiose descriptions of the character made it impossible to find an actor who would have been a good fit. As the seasons wore on, the writers leaned into the gag. The descriptions of Maris Crane became more and more ridiculous. By the end of the series, her appearance was otherwordly. During the earliest seasons, before the writers ran with the joke, actors David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves had ideas about who could play the role. 

David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves both had actor recommendations for the role of Maris Crane 

While the co-creators allowed Maris to become so mythical that it would have been impossible to cast her, early on in the series, both David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves had thoughts on who could potentially portray Maris if the team ever did decide to show her. According to Yahoo! TV, Pierce thought Valerie Mahaffey would be good in the role. 

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