Born: March 4, 1958
Birthplace: Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and model. She is known for portraying Debra Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, and as Frances "Frankie" Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle (2009-present).
A seven-time Emmy Award nominee, Heaton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and 2001 for Everybody Loves Raymond.
Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a sportswriter for the Plain Dealer. Heaton's mother died of an aneurysm when the actress was 12. The fourth of five children, Heaton was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.
Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for the Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.
While attending Ohio State University, she became a sister of Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a B.A. in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper.
Heaton made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an Off-Broadway acting troupe.
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 to 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's feature films include Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).
Heaton was featured in three short-lived sitcoms—Room for Two, Someone Like Me and Women of the House—before landing the role of Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2000 and 2001. With her win in 2000, she became the first of the cast members on the show to win an Emmy. 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 co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Back to You, a situation comedy on Fox. The show was canceled in May 2008.
Heaton appeared on the season seven of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where she helped build a home for a firefighter and his family.
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, The Engagement Ring (2005), Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class, based on the real story of a mother, Ellen Cohen, dealing with a son, Brad Cohen, who has Tourette Syndrome, in 2008.
Heaton was the producer for the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which was directed by her husband. She was also one of the producers of the William Wilberforce drama Amazing Grace (2006).
In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the Off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.
Since September 2009, she has starred in the ABC comedy The Middle.
In 2011, Heaton was ranked at No. 24 on the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV.
In October 2015, Heaton began hosting Patricia Heaton Parties, a cooking show on The Food Network. The program showcases party friendly foods and home entertaining tips.
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012. The star is located at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. in front of The Hudson Apartments.
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 and Shaw's. Heaton also was featured on the cover of the company's 2003 and 2004 annual reports. In 2007, Albertsons created the Crazy About Food slogan/campaign and Heaton's association with the company ended. She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.
Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990. They have four sons and they divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridge, England. Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002. Heaton attends an Evangelical Presbyterian Church but says she still considers herself Catholic. Heaton has been honest about having plastic surgery; citing having a tummy-tuck and a breast reduction after undergoing four Caesarean sections.
Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case. In addition, Heaton is honorary chair of Feminists for Life, an organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other pro-life causes on the basis of feminism.
A registered Republican, Heaton openly supports gay rights, and has publicly stated that she is not against same-sex marriage.
Heaton's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (17 August 2006) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.
In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The advertisement was a response to the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill and aired at the same time as Michael J. Fox's advertisement supporting the amendment. Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, Seattle Mariner Mike Sweeney, and St. Louis Rams/Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, saying she was unaware of Fox's ad. Fox accepted her apology and later stated, "If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that's marvelous."
On February 29, 2012, Heaton made several negative public remarks against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, joining the controversy surrounding the law requiring insurance companies to cover contraception. Following criticism for her remarks, Heaton apologized days later.
|1989||Alien Nation||Amanda Russell||Episode: "The Red Room"|
|1989-1991||Thirtysomething||Dr. Silverman||6 episodes|
|1990||Shattered Dreams||Older Dotti||Movie|
|1990||Matlock||Ellie Stanford||Episode: "The Brothers"|
|1991||DEA||Paula Werner||Episode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"|
|1992-1993||Room for Two||Jill Kurland||26 episodes|
|1994||Someone Like Me||Jean Stepjak||5 episodes|
|1995||Women of the House||Natalie Hollingsworth||11 episodes|
|1996||Party of Five||Robin Merrin||2 episodes|
|1996-2005||Everybody Loves Raymond||Debra Barone||Main role (209 episodes)|
|1997||Miracle in the Woods||Wanda Briggs||Movie|
|1999||The King of Queens||Debra Barone||Episode: "Dire Strayts"|
|2001||A Town Without Christmas||M.J. Jensen||Movie|
|2004||The Goodbye Girl||Paula McFadden||Movie|
|2004||Danny Phantom||Lunch Lady (voice)||Episode: "Mystery Meat"|
|2005||The Engagement Ring||Sara Rosa Anselmi||Movie|
|2006||Untitled Patricia Heaton Project||Janet Daily||Pilot|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Ambassador Bodine||Miniseries|
|2007-2008||Back to You||Kelly Carr||Main role (17 episodes)|
|2008||Front of the Class||Ellen Cohen||Movie|
|2009-present||The Middle||Frankie Heck||Main role (191 episodes)|
|2011||Easy to Assemble||Mrs. Hullestaad||3 episodes|
|2015-present||Patricia Heaton Parties||Herself|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Ellen|
|1994||The New Age||Anna|
|1996||Space Jam||Woman Fan|
|2014||Moms' Night Out||Sondra|
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|1999||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|1999||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|1999||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2000||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2000||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2001||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2002||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2002||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2002||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2004||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||The Goodbye Girl||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy||Back to You||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||The Middle||Nominated|
Patricia Heaton supports the following charitable causes: Women's Issues, Rape/Sexual Abuse.