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"Listen, and listen carefully. Stop seeing my son, or, as God is my witness, I'll kill you."
―Hester to Diane

Hester Crane is a guest character on NBC's Cheers, her only appearance is in the eighth episode of the third season. She is Frasier Crane's mother, a research scientist and is portrayed by Nancy Marchand.

She was not particularly fond of Diane Chambers, threatening to kill her with a loaded gun if she did not stop seeing Frasier. Later in the spin-off series Frasier (TV series), Hester appears in her son's subconscious and makes snide remarks towards the apparitions of Diane, Lilith Sternin, and Nanette Guzman, neither of which she was fond of. From this it can be assumed that she had met Lilith at least once before passing on as she called her the "Icicle" in reference to her cold personality.

It is revealed in Frasier that Hester Crane died in 1987, the cause of death is unknown but Frasier implies it was breast cancer.

In 1993, long after Hester had died Martin Crane reveals to Frasier that his mother had an affair with Dan Lawlor, a longtime friend of the family, but Martin pleaded with Frasier to not hate her for it. In the same series, Martin reminds his sons that while their mother had expensive and elegant tastes, she had enough class to not be a snob about it.

After obtains a karaoke machine and Frasier becomes obsessed with singing, Lilith tells the others, "It's a dangerous combination: a karaoke machine and an obsessive personality whose parents used to play Broadway cast albums to drown out their lоvеmɑkіng."

Played by Nancy Marchand in Cheers and Rita Wilson in Frasier, for more information on Hester Crane see the Frasier wiki's page on her.

Her middle name is Rose.

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