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Overview (4)

Born in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameRachel Mitrani
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Despite remaining on the periphery of character stardom all these years, New York-born character actress Shelley Morrison has had a long and varied career since the early 1960s. Of Sephardic Jewish descent, Morrison played a wide variety of ethnicities, mostly Hispanic. She started out on TV in such popular shows as The Farmer's Daughter (1963) and Laredo (1965), making a career out of an assortment of ethnic roles. In films, she played Indian women in Three Guns for Texas (1968) and Mackenna's Gold (1969), as well as minor Latina roles in Castle of Evil (1966), Man and Boy (1971) and Troop Beverly Hills (1989).

While most people remember her with fondness as the adorably shy but spirited Sister Sixto, who had problems mastering English in The Flying Nun (1967), today's audiences have been relishing her turnabout performance as the vinegary Salvadoran housekeeper Rosario, the only character who doesn't mince words with her mean-spirited wealthy boss, Karen Walker (played by Megan Mullally) on Will & Grace (1998). Morrison's acting roots were firmly entrenched in the theater, having performed, produced and directed hosts of plays over the years in Los Angeles, New York, and abroad. She battled breast and lung cancer, apparently into full remission, before her death in 2019 at age 83 from heart failure.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Walter Dominguez (11 August 1973 - 1 December 2019) ( her death) ( 6 children)

Trivia (7)

Multi-ALMA Award nominee for her work on Will & Grace (1998), the role for which she is most famous.
A breast and lung cancer survivor.
Married to non-fiction writer Walter Dominguez; together they have been honored for their work providing for the homeless and low-income families. The couple also adopted three sons and three daughters (through a traditional Native American ceremony). The couple had two dogs, a chow-collie mix (named Katie) and a Skye terrier mix (named Charlie).
In 2003, Morrison was arrested once on a charge of shoplifting at a Robinsons-May store. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of petty theft and fined $300 fine, given one year probation and told to stay away from the store.
Morrison appeared onstage in more than 65 plays and guest-starred in more than 150 television series (aside from her recurring role on Will & Grace (1998)) during her career.
Appeared with her Will & Grace (1998) co-star Debra Messing in an episode of Prey (1998), entitled "Revelations". Messing was a steady member of the cast but Morrison was making a guest appearance.
Morrison was born as Rachel Mitrani to Hortense (nee Aleolombre or Alcouloumre; 1903-1981), a homemaker, and Maurice Nissim Mitrani (1899-1967), a clothing manufacturer. Both of Morrison's parents were Sephardic Jews who became naturalized United States citizens before their daughter's birth. The family moved to Los Angeles when Morrison was 10 years old. She studied drama for three years at Los Angeles City College.

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