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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

Saturday
August 29
8:36pm
Counselling
After arguing with Ray over his inability to help her with the housework, Debra becomes intrigued when their friends Linda and Bernie mention they've been seeing a marriage counselor.
TV-PG
9:12pm
Homework
When Allys teacher Miss Purcell overhears Ray commenting about the kids excessive workload, she invites Raymond to address the curriculum review board and gives him a mountain of material for review and evaluation.
TV-PG
9:48pm
Pet the Bunny
When the twins doodle on the back of Ray's eulogy and then give it to Marie and Frank, Ray attempts to cover the kids' pictures before Frank finds out what he did.
TV-PG
10:24pm
Who Am I
After Ray and Debra spend an evening apart, Ray admits he no longer enjoys his juvenile pursuits with his friends.
TV-PG
Monday
August 31
8:12pm
Grandpa Steals
Frank must find a way to fix his image with Ally when she catches him "sampling" some trail mix at the supermarket.
TV-PG
8:48pm
Somebody Hates Raymond
When Rays friend Andy gets a job booking guests for a local sports radio show, Ray offers to appear as a guest, only to find out that the shows host, Jerry Musso, hates him.
TV-PG
9:24pm
Just a Formailty
Robert finally decides to propose to Amy.
TV-PG
10:00pm
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
10:30pm
Sweet Charity
After Debra forces Ray to do some charity work at a local hospital, he winds up enjoying himself because the patients treat him like hes a celebrity.
TV-PG
Tuesday
September 1
8:12pm
Meeting the Parents
Robert is caught in a compromising position by Amy's parents when they arrive unexpectedly at her apartment.
TV-PG
8:48pm
Sleepover at Peggy's
Raymond is horrified when he thinks his "cookie nemesis" flirted with him.
TV-PG
9:24pm
Who's Next
Debra gets annoyed with Ray when he seems pleased that shes picked one of her attractive friends to replace her if she dies.
TV-PG
10:00pm
The Shower
Debra gives a bridal shower for Amy, but her good intentions get sidetracked by Marie's overzealous participation.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Baggage
Ray and Debra wind up in a two-week standoff over a suitcase.
TV-PG