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Everybody Loves Raymond

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

Thursday
June 30
9:00pm
Father Knows Least
Ray gets to use the active technique he and Debra learned in parenting class on his parents when their stubbornness goes too far.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Brother
At the urging of his parents, Ray takes his brother, Robert, out for a night on the town.
TV-PG
10:00pm
Mozart
When Ally decides to stop taking piano lessons from her Grandma Marie, Ray tries to teach her an important lesson about not quitting by resuming the lessons he took from his mother 25 years earlier.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Golf
When Ray tricks Debra into letting him play golf, his guilt manifests itself in an anxiety attack on the golf course and his doctor diagnoses a bad case of stress with the remedy being to play more golf. Guest Star: Kevin James
TV-PG
Friday
July 1
1:00am
Anniversary
At a big surprise party for Frank and Marie’s 40th wedding anniversary, Raymond learns that his parents were once separated for a year and might have gotten divorced if Frank hadn’t returned home to help with Ray’s broken arm.
TV-PG
1:30am
Working Late Again
When Debra fears that Ray is hiding out at work because he doesnt want to spend time at home with the family, she asks him to start working from home - - but things dont turn out the way she planned.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Children's Book
Sick of reading Ally the same stories night after night and in the mood to be a little creative, Debra decides to try her hand at writing a childrens book.
TV-PG
9:30pm
High School
At Debras insistence, Ray reluctantly takes her to his 20th high school reunion, and its even worse than he expected.
TV-PG
10:00pm
Civil War
Feeling left out when he thinks that his father selectively asked his brother to join a Civil War re-enactment, Ray voluntarily enlists for the Battle of Gettysburg.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Mia Famiglia
When Rays Zia Sarina comes to visit all the way from Italy to help Ally with a school project on family trees, hes thrilled to finally meet a relative whom the whole family likes.
TV-PG
Saturday
July 2
9:00pm
The Ride Along
When Raymond goes on a citizens ride along in his brothers patrol car and sees Robert risk his life during a hold-up, he gains a new respect for him.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Family Bed
When Ally, claiming that there are monsters in her room, insists on sleeping in her parents bed, Ray and Debra do everything they can to slay the monsters so they can get a good nights sleep.
TV-PG
10:00pm
Good Girls
Debra discovers that her mother-in-law Marie likes Roberts girlfriend Amy better than she likes her because Amy is a good girl.
TV-PG
10:30pm
T-Ball
Debra brings an unapproved snack to Allys T-ball game and Ray doesnt stand up for her, prominently displaying his fear of being disliked.
TV-PG