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Everybody Loves Raymond

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

Monday
July 28
11:00pm
Mother's Day (Part 1)
Debra takes offense when Marie accuses her of being rude, and the two wind up fighting and not speaking to each other.
TV-PG
11:36pm
The Bigger Person (Part 2)
Now that Debra and Ray's mom aren't speaking to each other, Debra goes out of her way to ensure that Ray doesn't spend time with his mother by waiting on him hand and foot so he prefers to stay close to home.
TV-PG
Tuesday
July 29
12:12am
The First Time
When Debra accuses Ray of still not being able to pick up on her "not in the mood" signals, they fondly recall the first night they spent together.
TV-PG
Wednesday
July 30
12:12am
Call Me Mom
When Ray finally feels comfortable enough to call Debra's mother "Mom," he wants Debra to reciprocate and start calling Marie the same.
TV-PG
12:48am
The First Six Years - Part 1
Best of moments from the first six seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond.
TV-PG
1:24am
The First Six Years - Part 2
Best of moments from the first six seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond.
TV-PG