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

Saturday
August 27
9:00pm
Jealous Robert
When Ray realizes that Debra and Marie have been in cahoots in a scheme to drive Robert back into Amys arms, he urges them to mind their own business.
TV-PG
9:30pm
It's Supposed to be Fun
While the Barones watch their sons play basketball, Ray finds that Geoff is having trouble getting the hang of the game.
TV-PG
10:00pm
Older Women
Its the first Thanksgiving since Debras parents have been divorced, and Debra is thrilled that both her parents have agreed to have dinner with the Barones.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Raybert
Robert meets a beautiful woman who's a big fan of Ray Barones sports column. But when the woman mistakes Robert for Raymond, Robert doesnt set her straight.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 28
1:00am
The Kicker
While enjoying a college football game, Frank catches the ball from a record setting field goal and refuses to give it back to the kicker. He becomes a wanted man, so his family tries to find a way to get the football from him.
TV-PG
1:30am
Tissues
When Debra grudingly 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 in it’s next vacation.
TV-PG
2:00am
Snow Day
Held captive at Frank and Marie's during a snowstorm, Debra, Ray and Amy find themselves having a great time. Then Debra makes a nasty comment to Frank that totally upsets the good mood. This causes Marie to defend Frank.
TV-PG
Monday
August 29
1:30am
Cookies
When Ray learns that Troup Leader Peggy and her daughter have targeted his parent's house as a spot to make a big sale during the selling competition, it’s all out war. Ray is determined to take home the grand prize.
TV-PG
2:00am
Lucky Suit
Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for the FBI job. That is, until it becomes apparent that Marie's intrusive ways may be his undoing. This time, she may have gone too far and Robert may not be able to forgive and forget.
TV-PG
8:48pm
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
9:24pm
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
10:00pm
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
10:30pm
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