Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and producer. She is known for portraying Debra Barone on the CBS sitcomEverybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards, and as Frances "Frankie" Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle.
- 2 Career
- 3 Other credits
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. She was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.
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.
While attending 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 ABCdrama 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 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, the late Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning the twice in 2000 and 2001. She has also collected two Viewers for Quality Television Awards and a Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work on the series.
Heaton appeared on the season seven 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 Daniels, The 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 dramaAmazing 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. 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 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. She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.
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, Heaton says she is still a Catholic.
Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case. 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 causeson the basis of feminism.
Patricia Heaton and family in the Indianapolis 500 Parade, May 2008
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 asMichael J. Fox's advertisement supporting the amendment. 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. 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.”
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.
|1989||Alien Nation||Amanda Russell||Episode: "The Red Room"|
|1989–91||Thirtysomething||Dr. Silverman||6 episodes|
|1990||Shattered Dreams||Older Dotti||TV film|
|1990||Matlock||Ellie Stanford||Episode: "The Brothers"|
|1991||DEA||Paula Werner||Episode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Ellen|
|1992–93||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||209 episodes|
|1997||Miracle in the Woods||Wanda Briggs||TV film|
|1999||The King of Queens||Debra Barone||Episode: "Dire Strayts"|
|2001||A Town Without Christmas||M.J. Jensen||TV movie|
|2004||The Goodbye Girl||Paula McFadden||TV film|
|2004||Danny Phantom||Lunch Lady (voice)||Episode: "Mystery Meat"|
|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|
|2007–08||Back to You||Kelly Carr||17 episodes|
|2008||Front of the Class||Ellen Cohen||TV film|
|2009–present||The Middle||Frankie Heck||Main role|
|2011||Easy to Assemble||Mrs. Hullestaad||3 episodes|
|2014||Moms' Night Out||Sondra|