Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Heaton
PatriciaHeatonHWOFMay2012.jpg
Heaton at a ceremony to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2012
Born(1958-03-04) March 4, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)David Hunt (1990–present)
Website
patriciaheaton.com
 
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Patricia Heaton
PatriciaHeatonHWOFMay2012.jpg
Heaton at a ceremony to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2012
Born(1958-03-04) March 4, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)David Hunt (1990–present)
Website
patriciaheaton.com

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and producer. She is known for portraying Debra Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, for which she won two Emmy Awards and as Frances "Frankie" Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle.

Early life[edit]

Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a sportswriter for the Plain Dealer.[2] She was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.[3][4][5][6][7]

Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for the Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.

Career[edit]

While attending the Ohio State University, she became a sister of Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a B.A. in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper.

Heaton made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an Off-Broadway acting troupe.

Heaton in 2008

When Stage Three brought one of their productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama Thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989 to 1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), and Danny Phantom (2004).

Heaton's feature films include Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).

Heaton was featured in three short-lived sitcoms—Room for Two (1992) with Linda Lavin, Someone Like Me (1994), and Women of the House (1995) with Delta Burke and Teri Garr—before landing her signature role of beleaguered wife, mother, and in-law Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) with Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy, winning the award twice. She has also collected two Viewers for Quality Television awards and a Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work on the series.

Starting September 2007, Heaton co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Back to You, a situation comedy on Fox. The show was canceled in May 2008.

Heaton appeared on the season seven premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where she helped build a home for a firefighter and his family.

Heaton's television movies include Shattered Dreams (1990), Miracle in the Woods (1997), A Town Without Christmas (2001), as well as the remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (2004) with Jeff DanielsThe Engagement Ring (2005), Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class, based on the real story of a mother, Ellen Cohen, dealing with a son, Brad Cohen, who has Tourette Syndrome, in 2008.

Heaton was the producer for the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which was directed by her husband. She was also one of the producers of the William Wilberforce drama Amazing Grace (2006).

In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the Off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.[8] For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.

Since September 2009, she has starred in the ABC comedy The Middle.

In 2011, Heaton was ranked #24 on the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV.[9]

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012.[10] The star is located at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. in front of The Hudson Apartments.

Other credits[edit]

In 2003, Heaton appeared in a series of television and radio commercials as spokesperson for the various incarnations of the grocery chain Albertsons, such as Acme, Jewel and Shaw's. Heaton also was featured on the cover of the company's 2003 and 2004 annual reports. In 2007, Albertsons created the Crazy About Food slogan/campaign and Heaton's association with the company ended.[11] She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.

Personal life[edit]

Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990; it is her second marriage. Her first marriage (1984–1987) ended in divorce. Heaton and Hunt have four sons: Samuel David (b. September 1993); John Basil (b. May 1995); Joseph Charles (b. 2 June 1997); and Daniel Patrick (b. January 20, 1999). They divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridgeshire, where they own a house, as well as a house in her hometown of Bay Village. Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002. Although she and her family attend a Presbyterian Church,[3] Heaton says she is still a Catholic.[4]

Political and social advocacy[edit]

Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.[7] Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case.[12] In addition, Heaton is Honorary Chair of Feminists for Life, an organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other pro-life causes on the basis of feminism.[7]

A confirmed Republican,[13] Heaton openly supports gay rights,[14] and has publicly stated that she is not against same-sex marriage.[15]

Patricia Heaton and family in the Indianapolis 500 Parade, May 2008

Heaton's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (17 August 2006) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[16]

In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The advertisement was a response to the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill and aired at the same time as Michael J. Fox's advertisement supporting the amendment.[7] Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, Seattle Mariner Mike Sweeney and St. Louis Rams/Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.[17] Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, saying she was unaware of Fox's ad. Fox accepted her apology and later stated, “If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that’s marvelous.”[7]

On February 29, 2012, Heaton made several negative public remarks against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, joining the controversy surrounding the law requiring insurance companies to cover contraception. Following criticism for her remarks, Heaton apologized days later.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Alien NationAmanda RussellEpisode: "The Red Room"
1989–91ThirtysomethingDr. Silverman6 episodes
1990Shattered DreamsOlder DottiTV film
1990MatlockEllie StanfordEpisode: "The Brothers"
1991DEAPaula WernerEpisode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"
1992Memoirs of an Invisible ManEllen
1992BeethovenBrie
1992–93Room for TwoJill Kurland26 episodes
1994Someone Like MeJean Stepjak5 episodes
1994The New AgeAnna
1995Women of the HouseNatalie Hollingsworth11 episodes
1996Party of FiveRobin Merrin2 episodes
1996Space JamWoman Fan
1996–2005Everybody Loves RaymondDebraBarone209 episodes
1997Miracle in the WoodsWanda BriggsTV film
1999The King of QueensDebra Barone2 episodes
2001A Town Without ChristmasM.J. JensenTV movie
2004The Goodbye GirlPaula McFaddenTV film
2004Danny PhantomLunch Lady (voice)Episode: "Mystery Meat"
2005The Engagement RingSara Rosa AnselmiTV film
2006Untitled Patricia Heaton ProjectJanet DailyTV pilot
2006The Path to 9/11Ambassador BodineTV miniseries
2007Amazing GraceProducer
2007–08Back to YouKelly Carr17 episodes
2008Front of the ClassEllen CohenTV film
2009–presentThe MiddleFrankie HeckMain role
2011Easy to AssembleMrs. Hullestaad3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1998Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
1999Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
1999Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2000Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2001Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2002Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2004Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieThe Goodbye GirlNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2007Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyBack to YouNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe MiddleNominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1197). Mar 9, 2012. p. 26. 
  2. ^ "Patricia Heaton Biography (1958–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b "AFA Journal". AFA Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  4. ^ a b Quinn, Justin. "A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton". About.com. Retrieved 2010-06-22. "She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day." 
  5. ^ W. Bell, Charles (2004-05-01). "Kid sister stages a comeback". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-13. "By coincidence, Heaton, a devout Catholic..." 
  6. ^ Keller, Joel (May 5, 2010). "Patricia Heaton on Spending Mother's Day in 'The Middle'". TV Squad. Retrieved October 10, 2010. "And so many of us – Neil Flynn grew up in the suburbs of Chicago – and just talking about how he grew up ... And he's also Irish-Catholic, which is how I grew up." 
  7. ^ a b c d e Green, Jesse. Not Everybody Loves Patricia, The New York Times, December 31, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  8. ^ On The Scene, Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Heaton Open Off Broadway, broadway.com, 2007-01-11[dead link]
  9. ^ "Funniest Women on TV". July 3, 2011. TV Guide Network.
  10. ^ The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee Announces New Walk of Fame Honorees for 2012[dead link]
  11. ^ KTVB.COM | Boise, Idaho News, Weather, Sports, Video, Traffic & Events | IDAHO NEWS[dead link]
  12. ^ Squires, Chase. Tampabay: Issues, not images, drive Schiavo TV coverage, March 25, 2005. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  13. ^ Bond, Paul. Hollywood insiders rip MSNBC, defend Palin, Reuters, October 27, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  14. ^ "Patricia Heaton - A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton". Usconservatives.about.com. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  15. ^ "Patricia Heaton Says Her Politics Have Cost Her Potential Roles". Christianpost.com. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  16. ^ "Nicole Kidman and 84 Others Stand United Against Terrorism" Hollywood Grind. 18 August 2006.
  17. ^ Serrano, Alfonso. Stem Cell Opponents To Air Celebrity Ad, CBS News, October 25, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  18. ^ [1], Eonline.com, March 5, 2012.

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