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Everybody Loves Raymond

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11/10c

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

Friday
August 22
11:36pm
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
Saturday
August 23
12:12am
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
12:48am
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
1:24am
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
11:37pm
Traffic School
When Roberts traffic school students complain that his class causes severe insomnia, he practices on members of his family -- who turn out to be even tougher critics.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 24
12:14am
Six Feet Under
Debra tries to teach Raymond how to have a normal mid-life crisis, like everyone else, after he starts planning his burial.
TV-PG
2:00am
The Garage Sale
When Debra gives away all the baby stuff at a family garage sale, Ray gets upset that she doesnt want to have any more children.
TV-PG
2:38am
The Wedding, Part 1
After Raymond asks Debra why she ever married him, they take a walk back in time to the very beginning of it all. Raymond is very, very nervous.
TV-PG
3:16am
The Wedding, Part 2
Ray fears that Debra is more interested in the wedding than in him.
TV-PG