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Birth name: Patricia Helen Heaton.
Born: March 4, 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio.
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m).
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Patricia Heaton biography (bio):
Patricia Heaton is an Emmy Award-winning American actress best known for playing lead character and Ray Barone's wife Debra Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
Childhood and family:
Heaton was the second youngest of five children born to an Irish American Roman Catholic family in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Her father is well-known Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter, Chuck Heaton. Patricia spent her grade school years attending St. Raphael Elementary School in Bay Village, Ohio.
When Heaton was twelve, her mother died. Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for Cleveland Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.
Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002. Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990. The couple has four sons: Sam Hunt (b. 1994); John Basil Hunt (b. 1996); Joseph Charles 'Joe' Hunt (b. 1997); and Daniel Patrick 'Dan' Hunt (b. January 20, 1999). They divide their time between Los Angeles and England, where they own a country estate. Her first marriage (1984-1987) ended in divorce.
Heaton was once quoted as saying "once a Catholic, always a Catholic"; however, she now attends an evangelical Presbyterian church with Hunt and their kids. She has neither left the Roman Catholic Church nor converted to Presbyterianism.
After graduating from Ohio State University, where she became a sister of Delta Gamma Sorority, with a B.A. in drama in 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper.
Heaton made her only Broadway appearance in the chorus of the Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an off-Broadway acting troupe.
In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the Off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theater in New York City. For this performance, Heaton has been nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.
When Stage Three brought one of their productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989-1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), and Danny Phantom (2004).
Heaton was featured in three short-lived sitcoms - Room for Two (1992) with Linda Lavin, Someone Like Me (1994), and Women of the House (1995) with Delta Burke - before landing the plum role of beleaguered wife, mother, and in-law Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996 - 2005) with Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy, winning the award twice. She has also collected two Viewers for Quality Television awards and a Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work on the series.
Starting September 2007, Heaton is scheduled to co-star with Kelsey Grammer in Back to You, a new situation comedy on FOX.
Heaton's television movies include Shattered Dreams (1990), Miracle in the Woods (1997), A Town Without Christmas (2001), as well as the remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (2004) with Jeff Daniels, and The Engagement Ring (2005), both for TNT.
Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the controversial 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11. Her feature films include Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).
In 2003, Heaton appeared in a series of television and radio commercials as spokesperson for the various incarnations of the grocery chain Albertsons, such as Acme, Jewel, Shaw's, and Albertsons. In 2007, Albertsons created the Crazy About Food slogan and campaign and decided they no longer needed Heaton. She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.
Heaton is supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Yet, according to The New York Times, Heaton supports gay rights and the use of "most" birth control.
Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding Terri Schiavo. In addition, Heaton is Honorary Chair of Feminists for Life, a non-partisan organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other pro-life causes.
In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The ad was a response to Michael J. Fox's ad supporting the amendment and the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill. Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, Jeff Suppan of the Milwaukee Brewers, Mike Sweeney of the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, formerly of the St. Louis Rams. Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox saying she wasn't aware of Fox's ad before she did hers.
Heaton is also part of several other organizations, including Heifer International, a nonprofit world-hunger organization.
-Debra Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond.
-Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series, Everybody Loves Raymond, 2000.
-Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series, Everybody Loves Raymond, 2001.