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Everybody Loves Raymond

Every Night
9/8c

Patricia Heaton

Debra Barone

Daughter of real-life sportswriter Chuck Heaton, Patricia Heaton portrayed Debra Barone, the wife of sportswriter Ray Barone, for nine seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond. A Cleveland native who became a New York stage actress, Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical Don't Get God Started. As one of the founders of theatre company Stage Three, she traveled to L.A. with the company's show The Johnstown Vindicator and made her mark. Some of her first TV roles were on Thirtysomething, the Designing Women spin-off Women of the House and Party of Five. She may have lost the role of Elaine on Seinfeld, but she beat out Jane Sibbett (Ross's ex-wife on Friends) for the role of Debra Barone, thanks to being the only actress who would kiss Ray Romano - at least according to Romano.

Her work as Debra Barone earned her seven Emmy nominations, including her 2000 and 2001 wins as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Nominated with her fellow cast members for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series seven times, they won in 2003. She was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series five times. In 2004, she received acclaim (and another SAG Award nomination) for her role in the TV remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl. After Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 2005, Heaton found herself in a pilot the next year, and then opposite Kelsey Grammer as nightly news co-anchors in the Fox comedy Back To You. Incidentally, Heaton had worked in a real newsroom before as a college student, editing news footage at a Cleveland TV show.

In 2009, Heaton became another TV mother: Frankie Heck in ABC's sleeper hit The Middle. She is also the author of Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine. She and her husband reside in L.A. with their four sons.

Character Bio

Raised in Connecticut to wealthy, cultured parents, Debra Whelan was a PR exec at Madison Square Garden until a fateful day when Ray Barone delivered her futon. And even though she was "one of them," she fell in love with him. They got married and had a daughter, but when she was due with twins, they needed a bigger place. So when Ray's parents found a house across the street, Debra thought it would be a good idea to move near her in-laws.

Big mistake. Over the nine years we got to see the Barones, we were witness to Debra's valiant struggle to get her husband to take more responsibility at home, to weather her mother-in-law's "suggestions", and Debra's occasional - well, frequent - outbursts, most famously to her son's teacher about the "freak show that set up their tent right across the street." She and Marie are in constant competition. Debra is not known to be the best cook or housekeeper (as her mother-in-law Marie will happily tell you), but she does have some triumphs, thought not the time she makes fish for Thanksgiving.

Her sister is a nun and her parents' supposedly happy marriage ends in a divorce. She sleeps on the side of the bed closer to the bathroom.

Everybody Loves Raymond TV Schedule

Sunday
April 26
9:00pm
Robert's Wedding Part 2
Robert and Amy exchange vows in a wedding ceremony that has the Barone family tradition written all over it.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Fun With Debra
When the twins wind up having a great time with Ray on the golf course, a tightly wound Debra admits to her lackadaisical husband that shes disappointed they no longer have fun together.
TV-PG
Monday
April 27
2:30am
Thank You Notes
When Amy becomes annoyed that Marie is already asking when she's going to send out thank-you notes from the wedding, Debra seizes the opportunity.
TV-PG
3:00am
Home From School
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row, Ray suspects he simply has homework he hasn't finished, but Michael claims thats not the case.
TV-PG
3:30am
Misery Loves Company
When Debra and Ray become embroiled in an argument in front of Robert, he tells Ray that in order to find happiness with Debra, he needs to be more affectionate with her.
TV-PG
4:00am
The Contractor
Tired of using Frank, Debra is pleased when she finds out Gianni can install a new stove in their kitchen.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The First Six Years Part 1
Best of moments from the first six seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond.
TV-PG
9:30pm
The First Six Years Part 2
Best of moments from the first six seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond.
TV-PG
Tuesday
April 28
8:00pm
The Disciplinarian
Tired of being labeled the evil witch around the house, Debra convinces Ray that its his turn to discipline the kids.
TV-PG
8:30pm
Meeting the Parents
Robert is caught in a compromising position by Amy's parents when they arrive unexpectedly at her apartment.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Plan
When Robert is put in charge of selecting his wedding invitations, Ray suggests he intentionally botch the assignment so that Amy will let Robert off the hook with their wedding chores.
TV-PG
9:30pm
She's the One
Robert is excited because he's dating a great new woman, and hints to Ray and Debra that she might even be "The One."
TV-PG