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5 Things About Patricia Heaton You Didn't Know

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Actress Patricia Heaton arrives at the Disney/ABC 2016 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016, in Pasadena, California. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 10:12 AM

Patricia Heaton, a three-time Emmy Award winner, is everybody’s favorite mom.

The American actress rose to fame playing Debra Barone on the popular sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." Four years later she was back on television in a similar role as Frances “Frankie” Heck in "The Middle."

In between she’s added a host of films, television movies, and documentaries to her acting credits.

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Here are five things you may not know about the star:

1. Heaton made her acting debut in a gospel musical — Before her days on the small screen, Heaton was a Broadway star. According to her IMDB biography, her first role was in the musical "Don't Get God Started."

She then founded the Stage Three acting company with some of her fellow students. The group performed Off-Broadway, taking their production "The Johnstown Vindicator" to Los Angeles, which is where she was discovered by Hollywood casting directors.

2. She’s pro-life — A political conservative, Heaton has been a firm pro-life advocate throughout her career.

In 2006 The New York Times reported that Heaton had been vocal in opposing abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, and stem cell research.

In fact, she’s even an honorary chair of the organization Feminists for Life. The non-profit supports pro-life causes and opposes embryonic stem cell research and abortion based on feminism.

The 2006 New York Times article also details how Heaton publicly opposed the Missouri state constitutional amendment around embryotic stem cell research in a television commercial. 

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3. She is the producer of her own Food Network series — "Patricia Heaton Parties" first aired in October 2015 and quickly became a Food Network favorite.

Heaton hosts the series in her home, sharing recipes and entertainment tips inspired by her family and her travels but, according to the Food Network’s website, she’s also the show’s executive producer.

The show earned Heaton a Daytime Emmy Award in 2016 for an Outstanding Culinary Program.

4. She hates Frankie Heck’s poor fashion sense — Heaton has been playing Frankie for eight seasons on "The Middle." The show's ninth season recently premiered but, according to Entertainment Weekly, it will be the last one.

In an interview, Heaton told the publication that while she knows the sitcom’s ending will be emotional, she’s not sorry to finally say goodbye to Frankie’s bad style.

 “I only got into this business because of the glamour. And not only have I been playing a mom for 18 years, but they’re not glamorous,” she says.

5. Heaton is an outspoken ChristianCBN News reports that Heaton's Twitter feed is full of posts professing her love for Christ and the church.

Besides often retweeting messages of faith, she also shares her own experiences along with inspirational passages.

In January she told Christianity Today that she credits God for her success.

 “You have to be really good at what you do. You have to show up and do your best, but the rest is up to God,” she said.

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