Will and grace Star Shelley Morrison, who played the beloved character of Rosario Salazar, the maid of Karen Walker of El Salvador, died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 83. The actress died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief illness. says his publicist Lori DeWaal.
According to The Daily Mail, Originally Morrison was supposed to be in a single episode of the original series of Will and grace, which was from 1998 to 2006. But, her jokes with co-star Megan Mullally (Karen Walker) made her so popular that she ended up starring 68 episodes for eight seasons. Morrison was even included when the cast won a Screen Actors Guild award for the best set of a comedy series.
In a statement and biography announcing his death, Morrison said Rosario was one of his favorite characters of all time.
"She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but would not suffer fools," Morrisson said. "It is very significant for me that we could show an older Hispanic woman who is bright and intelligent and can defend herself."
As soon as news of Morrison's death was heard, Mullally turned to Twitter and told fans that his "heart is heavy." And on Instagram, Mullally posted a picture of her good friend and wrote in the caption that Morrison was an integral and important part. of his experience in Will and grace. Mullally went on to say that Morrisson became a good friend who was loving, strong, supportive and kind.
"I will miss you, Shelley," Mullally wrote. "Thank you for the years of association and for your friendship and support. I love you mommy."
Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland) wrote on Instagram that Morrisson was "absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart." He added that his heart is with Morrisson's husband, Walter, and his entire family.
Debra Messing (Grace Adler) posted a funny clip of the two of the NBC series, and wrote that despite her career spanning decades, she "would always be our dear Rosie." And Eric McCormack (Will Truman) called Morrisson a "beautiful soul and a wonderful actor."
Morrison is survived by her 46-year-old husband, Walter Dominguez, and said in a statement that her late wife's greatest pride as an actress was to play "indomitable Rosario," a strong, loving, but struggling Latin character in a series she promoted. The cause of equality and equity for LGBTQ people.
While Morrisson did not return to the cast for the Will and grace restarting, he made a special appearance on a 2016 web episode with his co-stars to support Hillary Clinton's candidacy for the presidency.
In addition to Will and graceMorrisson was also known for playing Sister Sixtus in The flying nun with Sally Field from 1967 to 1970. She was a guest star on dozens of television shows throughout her 50-year career, including Murder, she wrote and Law of L.A. And, she also appeared in movies like Funny girl with Barbra Streisand, Fools rush with Salma Hayek, and Beverly Hills Troop with Shelley Long
Shelley Morrison was born Rachel Mitrani in the Bronx in 1936 from Jewish parents from Spain and spoke Spanish mainly when she was little. His bad English skills were a source of humor in The flying nun, as well as his first appearance in Will and grace at the end of season 1. But, fans quickly discovered that his English was perfect.
Rest in peace, Shelley Morrisson.