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Shelley Morrison, Will & Grace's Rosario, Has Died at 83 

Shelley Morrison, Will & Grace's Rosario, Has Died at 83 

Shelley Morrison

The veteran actress recently said that Rosario was one of her favorite characters out of the dozens and dozens she's played. 


Shelley Morrison, the veteran actress who played Karen Walker's maid and frenemy Rosario on Will & Grace for eight seasons died Sunday at 83 from heart failure after a brief illness, according to ABC News.

Beginning in the mid-'60s, Morrison acted in dozens of TV shows and films. Her notable TV roles included the series Laredo and the Sally Field starrer The Flying Nun as Sister Sixto. But Morrison's greatest success began in 1999 as Rosario, who hilariously went toe-to-toe with her socially problematic, boozing boss Karen (Megan Mullally) week after week. She played the role until the series first ended in 2006.

Initially, the character of Rosario was supposed to appear in one episode, but the chemistry between Morrison and Mullally was undeniable and she went on to star in 68 episodes.

Morrison never appeared in the Will & Grace reboot, which kicked off in 2017. Rather, an episode in that first season of the rebooted series paid homage to Rosario when Karen learns that she's died and breaks down at her funeral.

"Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters," Morrison said recently, in a statement and biography announcing her death, ABC News reported. "She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools. It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own."

Best known as a TV veteran, Morrison also starred in several films including Funny Girl, Troop Beverly Hills, and Fools Rush In with Salma Hayek.

She is survived by her children and husband Walter Dominguez.

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