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Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton, 2008
Born Patricia Helen Heaton
March 4, 1958 (1958-03-04) (age 52)
Bay Village, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) David Hunt (1990–present)
Official website

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress best known for playing Ray Barone's wife Debra Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2007, she made a return to sitcom television opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Fox comedy series Back to You, which was cancelled in 2008. She currently stars in the ABC comedy series The Middle.


Early life

Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Pat and Chuck Heaton, who was a well-known Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter.[1]

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 Fraternity. 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 the Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an off-Broadway acting troupe.

In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theater in New York City.[2] For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.


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 1989-1991. 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 Terri Garr - before landing the plum 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 began to co-star with Kelsey Grammer in Back to You, a new situation comedy on Fox. The show was canceled in May 2008.

She recently appeared on The Rachael Ray Show and announced that she is planning to shoot a pilot for a new comedy. The new comedy is about a midwest family, titled "The Middle". She has a new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "Front of the Class" coming out Sunday, December 7, 2008 based on the real story of a mother, Ellen Cohen, dealing with a son, Brad Cohen, who has Tourette's Syndrome.

She also appeared on the season 7 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 Daniels, and The Engagement Ring(2005), both for TNT.

Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11. Her feature films include Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).

Heaton was the producer for the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which was directed by her husband.

Other credits

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.[3] She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.

Personal life

Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990. It's her second marriage. Her first marriage ended in divorce in 1987. The couple have four sons: Samuel David (b. 1993); John Basil (b. 1995); Joseph Charles (b. 1997); and Daniel Patrick (b. January 20, 1999). They divide their time between Los Angeles and England, 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.

Political and social advocacy

Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.[4] Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case.[5] In addition, Heaton is Honorary Chair of Feminists for Life, a non-partisan organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other pro-life causes on the basis of feminism.[4]

Patricia Heaton and family in 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.[6]

In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The ad was a response to the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill and ran at about the same time as Michael J. Fox's famous ad supporting the amendment.[4] Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, pitcher Jeff Suppan of the St. Louis Cardinals (now of the Milwaukee Brewers), Mike Sweeney of the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, formerly of the St. Louis Rams.[7] Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, claiming she wasn't aware of Fox's ad before she did hers. Fox accepted her apology and later stated that “If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that’s marvelous.”[4]

She is a Republican.[8] The New York Times has stated that "her political views are not so easily pigeonholed." She supports gay rights and the use of birth control.[4]

Emmy Awards

Heaton has two Emmys and was nominated for five others:

See also


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Patricia Heaton
Born Patricia Helen Heaton
March 4, 1958 (1958-03-04) (age 52)
Bay Village, Ohio, USA
Years active 1989 - present
Spouse David Hunt (1990-present)
Children 4 sons

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for playing lead character and Ray Barone's wife Debra Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

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