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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

Wednesday
September 3
12:30am
The Christmas Picture
Ray believes he has finally found the ultimate Christmas gift for his parents -- if nothing else, it will certainly be something they will remember forever.
TV-PG
1:00am
What's With Robert?
When Debra raises the notion that Roberts reluctance to commit to Amy may be a result of his being gay, Ray thinks she is beyond crazy.
TV-PG
1:30am
Bully on the Bus
Ray and Debra disagree on what to do when they learn that Ally has been bullying another child.
TV-PG
2:00am
Prodigal Son
Everyone gets on Rays case because hes doesn't go to Sunday mass.
TV-PG
Thursday
September 4
1:30am
Robert's Rodeo
Ray feels tremendous guilt when he cancels plans with Robert, who then gets hurt in the line of duty.
TV-PG
2:00am
The Tenth Anniversary
As Debra and Ray celebrate their 10th anniversary, she discovers that he taped over their wedding video years before with the 91 SuperBowl.
TV-PG
11:36pm
Hackidu
Ray screws up a Hackidu (Pokemon) trade for his daughter Ally by giving away a Scramisaur card that ends up being worth a lot of money.
TV-PG
Friday
September 5
12:12am
Debra Makes Something Good
Debra throws the Barone family into turmoil when she finally creates a dish that everyone likes.
TV-PG
1:24am
Marie and Frank's New Friends
Ray and Debra devise a plan to push Frank and Marie into making some new friends, thus leaving the older couple with less time to bother them.
TV-PG
2:00am
Alone Time
Ray finds it hard to understand why Debra needs her alone time. When Debra realizes that all her time is spent with the kids, Ray and his family, she implores Ray to take the kids out more often so that she can have more time to herself.
TV-PG
11:36pm
Bad Moon Rising
Rays attempts to alleviate Debras PMS moodiness only make her more irritable.
TV-PG