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Madilyn Sweeten

Everybody Loves Raymond

Madilyn Sweeten

Ally Barone

Madilyn Sweetin

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

Thursday
April 24
9:00pm
Season's Greetings
When Marie receives a letter from a relative detailing how wonderful her life is and how well her kids are doing, it drives her insane with jealousy.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Tissues
When Debra grudgingly agrees to let him be more involved in the daily decision-making, Ray starts grocery shopping for things that he likes and Debra lets him choose where the family will go on its next vacation.
TV-PG
10:00pm
Snow Day
Held captive at Frank and Maries during a snowstorm, Debra, Ray and Amy actually find themselves having a great time.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Cookies
When Ray learns that Troop Leader Peggy and her daughter have targeted his parents' house as a spot to make a big sale for themselves during the Frontier Girls selling competition, its all-out war.
TV-PG
Friday
April 25
9:00pm
Lucky Suit
Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for the FBI job.
TV-PG
9:30pm
The Skit
Thinking it would be hilarious to show the partygoers a typical day in the life of Frank and Marie, Ray and Debra do a dead-on impersonation of the two that brings down the house at the party.
TV-PG
10:00pm
The Breakup Tape
When Debra stumbles across a cassette tape that contains a message from Ray's college girlfriend, she wants to know why he has saved it all these years.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Talk to Your Daughter
Armed with research and much preparation, Ray is ready to speak with Ally about the facts of life, only to find that Ally's interest has changed from where babies come from to the meaning of life.
TV-PG
Saturday
April 26
9:00pm
A Vote for Debra
Debra decides to run for school president, but Ray isn't sure he can handle the twins by himself during all those meetings -- so he votes against her.
TV-PG
9:30pm
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
10:00pm
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
10:30pm
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
11:00pm
The First Time, Part 3
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