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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

Wednesday
March 4
9:00pm
Working Girl
When Debra gets a part-time job in the big city, an unhappy Ray is left to fend for himself -- and Marie is left wondering whats to become of the children, the house and her beloved son now that they will all be neglected.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Be Nice
When Ray babysits for the kids at the park and Debra sees how sweet and helpful he is toward the other mothers, she demands to know why she doesn't receive the same treatment.
TV-PG
Thursday
March 5
1:20am
Dancing with Debra
After Ray urges Debra to go swing dancing with Robert (letting himself off the hook), he cant believe how infatuated the two become with their new hobby -- and its starting to tick him off.
TV-PG
2:00am
Boob Job
Debra is upset when she sees Rays giddy reaction to her friends recently acquired new and improved breasts.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Can Opener
Everyone in the family takes sides when Ray and Debra have a senseless argument over a newly purchased can opener that seems to have opened a can of worms.
TV-PG
9:30pm
You Bet
When Frank starts showing a keen interest in Rays work, walking around in a jovial mood and not being his usual cheap self, everyone questions the radical change in behavior.
TV-PG
Friday
March 6
1:20am
Sex Talk
Ray and Debra are discouraged when they realize that their sex life isn't what it used to be.
TV-PG
2:00am
The Will
Upon drafting their wills, Ray and Debra must decide who would make the best guardians for their children.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Sister
Debra is upset when her hippie, free-spirited sister decides to become... a Sister.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Cousin Gerard
When Ray hires his overwhelmingly annoying cousin Gerard to assist him, and Debra points out how alike the two men are, Ray is mortified.
TV-PG