Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Heaton
Heaton in 2021
Patricia Helen Heaton

(1958-03-04) March 4, 1958 (age 65)
Years active1989–present
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)David Hunt (1990–present)
Parent(s)Chuck Heaton
Patricia Hurd Heaton
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series
2000 Everybody Loves Raymond
2001 Everybody Loves Raymond

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio) is an American actress best known for playing lead character and Ray Barone's wife Debra Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. She currently stars as Frankie Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

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] Heaton's mother died of an aneurysm when the actress was 12. The fourth of five children,[3] Heaton was raised as a devout Catholic.[4][5]

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.

Personal life[change | change source]

Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990.[3] They have four sons[6] and they divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.[7] Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002.

Hunt is Heaton's second husband. After her divorce from her first husband, she went through a self-described "Protestant wilderness". Since June 2017, Heaton's first marriage has been annulled by the Catholic Church and has since returned as an observant of Catholicism.[8][9]

Heaton has been open about having plastic surgery; citing having a tummy-tuck and a breast reduction after undergoing four Caesarean sections.[10]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Film/TV Role Notes
1989 Alien Nation Amanda Russell 1 episode
1989–1991 Thirtysomething Dr. Silverman 6 episodes
1990 Shattered Dreams Older Dotti (TV Film)
1990 Matlock Ellie Stanford 1 episode
1991 DEA Paula Werner 1 episode
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Ellen
1992 Beethoven Brie
1992–1993 Room for Two Jill Kurland 26 episodes
1994 Someone Like Me Jean Stepjak 5 episodes
1994 The New Age Anna
1995 Women of the House Natalie Hollingsworth 11 episodes
1996 Party of Five Robin Merrin 2 episodes
1996 Space Jam Woman Fan
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone
1997 Miracle in the Woods Wanda Briggs (TV Film)
1999 The King of Queens Debra Barone 1 episode
2001 A Town Without Christmas M.J. Jensen (TV Movie)
2004 The Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden (TV Film) Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (2005)
2004 Danny Phantom Lunch Lady 1 episode (Voice)
2005 The Engagement Ring Sara Rosa Anselmi (TV Film)
2006 Untitled Patricia Heaton Project Janet Daily TV pilot
2006 The Path to 9/11 Ambassador Bodine (TV Miniseries)
2007 Amazing Grace Producer Won - Christopher Award for best film (2008)
2007–2008 Back to You Kelly Carr 17 episodes

Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2007)

2008 Front of the Class Ellen Cohen (TV Film)
2009–2018 The Middle Frankie Heck Nominated - Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
2011 Easy to Assemble Mrs. Hullestaad 3 episodes

Emmy Awards[change | change source]

Heaton won two Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy Awards for her work in Everybody Loves Raymond:

  • for: "Bad Moon Rising" (2000)
  • for: "The Canister" (2001)

She has been nominated for five others for the same series:

  • for: "Be Nice" (1999)
  • for: "A Vote for Debra" (2002)
  • "Baggage" (2003)
  • "Fun with Debra" (2004)
  • for: "Finale" (2005)

References[change | change source]

  1. "THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WALK OF FAME COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW WALK OF FAME HONOREES FOR 2012". Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  2. "Patricia Heaton Biography (1958–)". Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 O'Brien, Elizabeth (November 28, 2000). "Patricia Heaton's Laid-Back Lifestyle". People. Archived from the original on 28 July 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. Quinn, Justin. "A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton". Archived from the original on 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2010-06-22. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day.
  5. Green, Jesse. Not Everybody Loves Patricia, The New York Times, December 31, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  6. Hill, Erin (October 23, 2013). "Patricia Heaton's Real-Life Middle Moment With Her Son". Parade. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  7. Hallman, Deborah (October 16, 2002). "Keeping it real in Hollywood". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  8. Graves, Jim (June 3, 2017). "Vin Scully and Patricia Heaton reflect on centrality of Christ in their lives". Catholic World Report. Ignatius Press. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. @PatriciaHeaton (July 30, 2017). "Spent Mass internally grumbling about lame sermon; received Eucharist, knelt down, burst into tears. #NoOneExpectstheHolySpirit" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. Zapo, George. "Four Celebrities Talk Openly About Having Plastic Surgery". Inquisitr. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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