Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison

Highest Rated: 100% Divorce American Style (1967)

Lowest Rated: 57% Breezy (1973)

Birthday: Oct 26, 1936

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

Though she enjoyed a long career in character roles on television and in film, actress Shelley Morrison was best known as Rosario, the feisty maid to Megan Mullally's catty Karen, on the original network run of "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Born Rachel Mitrani on October 26, 1936 in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City, she was the daughter of Sephardic Jewish parents who hailed from Spain, and spoke only Spanish as a child. She later headed to California, where she attended Los Angeles City College; the experience sparked her interest in acting, and Morrison began her career in the city's theater community. To avoid being typecast in ethnic roles, she adopted "Shelley Morrison" - an amalgam of her father Morris's first name and a college nickname - as her stage moniker, and made her screen acting debut in James Michener's series "Adventures in Paradise" (ABC, 1959-1962). She worked steadily in guest roles on television throughout the 1960s and '70s, including a recurring appearance as a Native American on the Western "Laredo" (NBC, 1965-67), and enjoyed a degree of fame as Sister Sixto, a novice nun with a knack for mangling the English language, on "The Flying Nun" (ABC, 1967-1970). Like many actors of Latino heritage, Morrison played her share of domestics and immigrants, though her talent allowed her to play other ethnic roles and characters in films like "Blume in Love" (1973) and on series like "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-76). And she had actually issued an edict to her representation about forgoing domestic characters in 1999 when a guest appearance on "Will & Grace" came her way, Her role as Salvadoran maid Rosario was initially intended as a single guest role, but her rapport with the cast - and in particular, Megan Mullally as her employer, Karen Walker - led to 68 appearances during the show's network run, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and three ALMA nods. When "Will & Grace" ran its course in 2006, Morrison enjoyed a recurring voice-acting role on the Disney Channel animated series "Handy Manny" (2006-2013) and produced a documentary, "Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery" (2014), which followed her husband, author and filmmaker Walter Dominguez, as he delved into his family's Mexican heritage. After several bouts with cancer, Morrison retired from acting after a voice-acting role in 2012's "Foodfight!" and did not reprise Rosario in the 2017 revival of "Will & Grace." She died from heart failure at the age of 83 at her home in Los Angeles on December 1, 2019.

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Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 75% Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Executive Producer - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cries From the Heart Lupe (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night That Panicked America Toni (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped Louise (Character) - 1974
57% 66% Breezy Nancy Henderson (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 60% Man and Boy Rosita (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three's a Crowd Mona (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Guns for Texas Linda Little Trees (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 50% How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life Marcia Borie (Character) - 1968
100% 56% Divorce American Style Jackie (Character) - 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Handy Manny Mrs. Portillo (Guest Voice),
Mrs Portillo (Character)
2012-2013 2006-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet California's Gold Guest 2012
82% 90% My Name Is Earl Maria (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Rosario Salazar (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1999-2006
33% No Score Yet Prey Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
71% No Score Yet Nothing Sacred Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courthouse Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live Shot Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Nick's Maid (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soap Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Angela Barberio (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Mrs. Kornegge (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Sister Sixto (Character) 1967-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Addie Moonercan (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Ginny Stransel (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Molly (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965

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