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'Will & Grace' Star Shelley Morrison Ddies at 83

'Will & Grace' Star Shelley Morrison Ddies at 83
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By    |   Monday, 02 December 2019 01:18 PM

Shelley Morrison, best known as maid Rosario Salazar on TV's "Will & Grace," died on Sunday.

The 83-year-old was at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles when she suffered heart failure, Fox News noted.

Morrison appeared in the original run of "Will & Grace," which aired from 1999 to 2006. She was initially meant to star in just one episode but was such a hit with audiences that she was written into all 68 episodes of the hit NBC sitcom.

A biography revealed Morrison's fondness of her character.

"Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters," she said recently, adding that the character reminded her of her mother, who also loved animals and children but "would not suffer fools."

Morrison said it was significant that "Will & Grace" producers were able to show an older, Hispanic woman "who is bright and smart and can hold her own."

Upon hearing of her passing, cast members took to social media to mourn. 

"My heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed," tweeted Megan Mullally, who starred alongside Morrison for eight seasons as her boss.

"Oh, Shelley... what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. All my love to Walter and the entire family,” Debra Messing, who played Grace in "Will & Grace," wrote in a tweet.

Morrisons' acting career spanned over five decades. She made several notable guest appearances in television shows including "L.A. Law" and "Murder, She Wrote" and also managed to carve a name for herself in theater and film.

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