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Everybody Loves Raymond

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Madilyn Sweeten

Ally Barone

When she was three years old, Texas native Madylin Sweeten attended the Kay Scott School of Performing Arts in San Saba, Tex. The next year, she was cast in the TV movie A Promise to Carolyn as the younger version of Delta Burke's character - coincidentally named Debra, like Sweeten's TV mom on Everybody Loves Raymond. She then appeared in several commercials in Dallas. Her family traveled to L.A. for pilot season, where she landed her role as Ally Barone. During her nine-year stint on the show, she appeared in films The Christmas Path, American Splendor, Toy Story 2 and A Dog in Flanders, as well as appearing alongside fellow former child star Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye.

She is the oldest of four children, including her twin brothers Sullivan and Sawyer, who portrayed her Barone TV siblings on Everybody Loves Raymond. Along with the rest of the cast, Sweeten was nominated seven times for the Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, winning in 2003.

Character Bio

We get to know Alexandra Barone from age 5 through 14, plus her delivery after Debra goes into labor in Robert's police car. Ally starts off as a bit of a bully on the bus, needs to sleep in her parents' bed and gets an "F," but she's not stupid: She even asks her dad what the meaning of life is. Ally has been known to lie, especially when it comes to shopping, but as she gets older, she ends up a responsible older sister. In fact, Marie accuses Debra of turning Ally into a slave when she takes care of her twin brothers and does some of the housework. Ally is active in the Frontier Girls, and is best friends with "cookie lady" Troop Leader Peggy Ardolino's daughter, Molly, who is portrayed by Ray Romano's real-life daughter (who's also named Ally).

Everybody Loves Raymond TV Schedule

October 8
Ray is upset when he discovers that his twins, Michael and Geoffrey, are playing fairies in the school play.
Stefania Arrives
Robert gets a surprise visit from Stefania, the woman with whom he fell head over heels in love when the Barones vacationed in Italy.
Humm Vac
Ray purchases a new state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner from an attractive door-to-door saleswoman, and it ignites a housekeeping war between Marie and Debra.
October 10
The Canister
Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value; Debra insists that she has already given it back.
Net Worth
Debra becomes angry when Ray contributes $1,000 to his friends hair-brained scheme to open a go-cart business without first consulting her.
Let's Fix Robert
Marie gathers Roberts ex-girlfriends Amy and Stefania and his female police partner Judy together so they can dissect his character in an effort to help her better understand why her eldest son cant commit to a relationship.
Say Uncle
When Ray realizes that his kids would rather spend time with their Uncle Robert than with him, he decides to do something about the situation.
October 11
Although Debra has been aware that her parents have been having problems, she is devastated to learn that they are planning to separate after 40 years of marriage.
Frank Paints the House
Frank offers to paint Ray and Debras house, but refuses to paint it the color they have chosen.
Ally's Birth
As Ray escorts Ally to a father-daughter dance, he realizes how grown up and independent his daughter has become.
The Angry Family
Ray and Debra are more than a little concerned when they realize that the constant bickering and screaming that goes on between them and Rays parents are having an effect on young Michael.