Monday, April 30, 1990
Written by Eric Allen
Quote: "KRAMER QUITS 'HUNTER' TO SING A NEW SONG
Stepfanie Kramer, star of NBC's Hunter, isn't playing life safe, and that's the way she likes it. The
actress is giving up her six-year role as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall on the high-rated series to record an
Is it silly to give up a sure thing? "It depends upon your perception," says Kramer, 31, whose
character contemplates marriage and a move abroad in a two-part season finale beginning tonight
at 9 EDT/PDT. "It came down to something I knew I had to do - honoring my truth".
"Basically, I had to be free from anything that would not allow me to go forward in my life and
forward in my careers. TV doesn't allow you to expand. My creative walls were met years ago on
this series." For Kramer, it's time to pursue the singing career she has dreamed of since childhood.
"I can no longer not sing. It would be like asking me not to breathe - it's nourishment for my
Kramer disputes tabloid reports of feuding with co-star Fred Dryer, saying, "Fred knows how
important my music is to me, so he was excited for me. He was supportive of the choice."
Aside from being a high-rated, first-run show in the USA, Hunter racks up big bucks in
syndication and is the No. 1 show in Brazil and China. With Kramer's departure, the show's
producers have to fix something that wasn't broken. Dryer's detective character is returning to the
streets in uniform.
More importantly, the search is on for a replacement for Kramer, a woman who executive
producer Larry Kubik says will be "different looks, different in attitude - a totally different
Hunter made Kramer famous, but "I'm not banking on my notoriety on the series to carry me into
music. Many individuals have merely jumped on the bandwagon of hype to make a quick killing
on their success on a series or film. I'm in it for the longevity of a career."
Although classically trained as a mezzo soprano, Kramer's music has been compared to the
Pretenders and Heart - "pop music with a rock underbelly." Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils
Lofgren is producing her LP, due in early summer.
The performer is "not going to stop acting, not by any means," but will balance features and
music. She travels to Rome in May to film a remake of Three Coins in a Fountain with Nicolas
Cage and Laura Dern. Currently single, Kramer distances herself from the Hollywood social
scene and spends much of her free time traveling or reading about sciences, religion and
Kramer's personal philosophy is that "everyone must take chances, challenge yourself and change.
If you don't have a change, you're not growing. And if you're not growing, you're not really
living. "As far as stretching the boundaries of the envelope, why not?"