Heaton was born on March 4, 1958, in Ohio. While studying acting in New York with drama teacher William Esper, Patricia Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical "Don't Get God Started." She and fellow students then formed Stage Three, an acting company that produced plays Off Broadway. They took one production, "The Johnstown Vindicator," to Los Angeles, where Heaton's performance caught the eyes of casting directors. Consequently, Heaton portrayed the producer/daughter in the television series Room for Two. Her additional television credits include a starring role in the series Someone Like Me, a regular role in Women of the House, on the CBS Television Network, and a recurring role on thirtysomething. She also starred in the highly rated CBS television movie "Miracle in the Woods," with Della Reese. Her feature film credits include "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," "Beethoven," "New Age" and "Space Jam." For her role in Everybody Loves Raymond, she recently won an Emmy for "Leading Actress in a Comedy Series." She was nominated for a 1999 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and won the 1998-99 Viewers for Quality Television "Best Actress in a Quality Comedy" Award. Heaton lives with her husband and four sons in Los Angeles.
Patricia Heaton was born on March4, 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio. Her sign is Pisces. Her breakthrough role is Debra Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond".
In Her Words: "Stuff comes and goes, but your kids are your legacy to the world."
ABC Loves Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton won't have to go looking for work now that "Everybody Loves Raymond" has wrapped. The Emmy-winning actress has signed a lucrative development deal with ABC and its sister studio, Touchstone TV, to produce both series and long-form projects through Four Boys Films, the company run by Heaton and her husband, David Hunt.
In addition to serving as an executive producer on any projects Four Boys develops, Heaton and ABC will also look for projects in which she can star. She'd be a co-exec producer on any show in which she acts.
"Patricia is a true television star, and we're thrilled to be in business with her," says Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment. "While we look forward to finding the right project for her considerable acting skills, we are equally as excited to see what comes out of the development part of the deal."
Heaton has won two Emmys for playing Debra Barone on CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond." The series taped its final episode last week and will conclude its nine-season run in May. She's also up for three Screen Actors Guild awards this weekend -- for her "Raymond" role, as part of the show's cast and for TNT's production of "The Goodbye Girl" last year.
Heaton and Hunt formed Four Boys Films -- the couple has four sons -- in 2001. They recently finished production on a Hunt-directed documentary called "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania" and are developing a feature film about 18th-century abolitionist William Wilberforce.
Five Things You Must Know about Patricia Heaton
She made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical "Don't Get God Started."
Heaton and some fellow acting students founded their own theater company, Stage Three.
Wheaton, like her character on "Everybody Loves Raymond," has a brood to handle. She has four sons: Sam, John, Joe and Dan.
In late 2002, Heaton will publish her book "Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job like Mine."
She is a 2002 celebrity spokeswoman for WalkAmerica, the biggest fund-raiser for the March of Dimes.
Patricia Heaton Is Raymond's Better Half
Patricia Heaton became a true star as the wife of Ray Romano's character on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." But the Midwestern actress doesn't just play a sassy wife and mom on TV — she relishes that role in real life.
Patricia Heaton became a true star as Ray Romano's wife on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." But the Midwestern actress doesn't just play a sassy wife and mom on TV — she relishes that role in real life.
As a young girl, Patricia Heaton loved putting on plays for the neighborhood kids. But playacting couldn't shield her from a real-life blow when she was just 12: Her mother suddenly died from a brain aneurysm. Her father, a sportswriter, did his best as a single dad. In 1980, after graduating from college with a degree in theater arts, Heaton left the Midwest to pursue her acting dream in New York City.
Heaton started at a job that was a few steps removed from Hollywood — a copy clerk at People magazine. After work, she took on minor stage roles and founded a theater company, Stage Three, with some friends. When the young, talented troupe took one of their plays to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of TV casting directors. In 1989, she nabbed a part as a recurring guest on the hit series "thirtysomething." Then came a 1991 sitcom called "Room for Two," co-starring Linda Lavin; bit parts in a few movies; a role in the short-lived "Designing Women" spin-off, "Women of the House"; and a 1996 guest gig as Jennifer Love Hewitt's birth mother in "Party of Five."
But Heaton's crowning accomplishment was landing the part of comedian Ray Romano's wife on the hit CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which debuted in 1994. Her role as Raymond's spunky better half, Debra Barone, helped propel "Raymond" to the top of the ratings charts. Her portrayal of a believable modern woman was also a hit with critics; she won a Best Actress Emmy in 2000.
Heaton doesn't only play a wife and mother on TV. On October 13, 1990, she tied the knot with British actor David Hunt. Heaton and Hunt have four sons: Sam, John, Joe and Daniel Patrick. The couple also heads their own production company, Four Boys Films.These days, Heaton is basking in the glow of both professional and personal success.
Patricia Heaton is the highest - paid TV actress
One song "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan can't sing is "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." But she is crying the blues.
"I heard (the cast of) 'Friends' got cars when they had such amazing ratings. But I got flowers," Sheridan, 41, told "Access Hollywood." Her remarks came the same day that the Nielsen ratings list was released, revealing that the No. 1 "Housewives" boasted 22.3 million viewers last week. (Second-place "CSI: Miami" had 20.5 million, and No. 3 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" had 19.5 million.)
"I'm still waiting for the Porsche," says the Golden Globe nominee, who plays the back-stabbing supporting character Edie Britt on the ABC hit.
Sheridan, who first gained stardom 20 years ago on "Knots Landing," also claims, "I'm the poorest actress on television."
But she has some hope, saying: "I have the feeling that ABC will be extremely generous at the end of the season. They will say, 'You know what, girls and boys? You really deserve a lot more than what you're getting there.' "
The New York Post computes the highest-paid TV actresses annual salaries as follows: Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond," $10 million to 12 million; Debra Messing, "Will & Grace," $4.5 million; Marg Helgenberger, "CSI," $3.3 million; and Melina Kanakaredes, "CSI: NY," $2.2 million.
Patricia Heaton's brother shows his love
My sister Patricia Heaton, who plays the wife on "Everybody Loves Raymond," was in town over the holiday. The show is winding down its last season. She told me that after nine years they have only six more episodes to tape and that's it. Done, finished, a wrap.
Of course reruns will probably air three times a day until four weeks after the world ends. So if you like the show, don't panic.
Now if you don't like the show, I suggest you start right now digging a very deep hole in the ground. That's the only place you'll be able to go to get away from it. That and the yearlong goodbye-to-"Raymond" specials that will begin any minute now.
So the obvious question, to me anyway, is what will be next for my sister's career?
And more important, how can I horn in on it? I've been working on a few ideas for a new show for her. I'd hate to see her career go directly into the toilet after "Raymond."
At first I was racking my brain to come up with something completely original. I wanted to create a show like no other show that has ever been on television. But then I realized that was not the way to go. I mean, besides the fact that I couldn't come up with anything original, people in Hollywood hate original. Not just because they are enemies of the creative spirit.
They hate original ideas because they are risky. The suits and the power brokers out there make their living serving the lowest common denominator. Hence the popularity of reality shows.
Remember that show from the 1960s called "The Flying Nun" starring Sally Field? People loved that show. It was sweet and harmless. No controversy. Something for the whole family. Who doesn't like nuns? Nobody. I thought maybe I'd put a little spin on that idea. I don't want to just rip off that idea. I figure my idea has to be a just little bit original.
Are you sitting down? My new show would be called "The Non-Flying Nun." See, in the show all the nuns fly. Except for my sister. She's the only earthbound nun. And the show would explore her frustration at not being able to join all the other nuns zipping around in the clouds. But somehow, in her own humble, grounded way she manages to solve whatever problem that gets cooked up for the show.
Maybe that's a little too far-fetched. Plus the budget of having all the nuns flying except one might be a little prohibitive.
How about "The Pole-Vaulting Nun?" My sister could play a nun who is a former Olympic pole-vaulting champion. The challenge would be to work in a situation every week where she'd need her pole-vaulting talent to save the day. You know, like getting the kitten out of the tree or escaping from terrorist kidnappers.
That would be the thing, the audience waiting for the end of the show that would involve pole vaulting.
I just love the imagery. Can't you picture the little nun wearing the full habit, sailing through the air with her veil and robes flapping behind her like wings? I think people would go for it.
Another wrinkle I came up with was having her investigate stuff. I thought it might also help if she was some kind of detective. That way she'd have something to solve every week. She could investigate weird things that happen at Christian rock concerts. Get the whole pole-vaulting nun crime-fighter thing going.
It also wouldn't hurt if she had a bunch of interesting "wacky" friends. Like one who had a cooking show. The television show within the television show. They had that on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." That way there could also be recipes. People love recipes. We could run the recipe from each episode instead of credits. Nobody reads credits, except the people whose names are up there. And maybe their moms.
Maybe she could have a friend who was a coroner or prosecutor. Those "CSI" shows are huge. And I would like to cut the rest of the family in on the action. Maybe my wife (I'll call her Nancy) could play one of those cop roles. Then I could call the show "Sisters-in-Law and Order." I'd probably need to work the kids into it too. Miss Thing, Peaches and Shorty could play the precocious trio of orphan girls who always pipe up with the smart remark that ends the episode. That way we wouldn't have to pay a baby sitter while we work on the show.
I'd hate to have to move to Los Angeles. I wonder if we could talk my sister into getting one of the networks to shoot it here. Of course, we'd need a compelling reason to do that. Maybe something with the title. Something local but with spiritual overtones.
''Everybody Loves Raymond'' starring Patricia Heaton hits 200th episode
CBS powerhouses reach impressive landmarks this week. "Everybody Loves Raymond" airs its 200th episode at 9 p.m. Monday on WOIO Channel 19.
You'll be hearing quite a bit more this season about "Everybody Loves Raymond," the sitcom starring stand-up comic Ray Romano and Bay Village native Patricia Heaton. This is its ninth and final season, so expect the kind of full long-goodbye treatment lavished on such recently departed prime-time comedies as "Friends," "Frasier" and "Sex and the City."
Written by the series' creator and executive producer, Phil Rosenthal, Monday night's "Raymond" episode is titled "Boys' Therapy." Debra (Heaton) and Marie (Doris Roberts) put pressure on Ray (Romano) and Frank (Peter Boyle) to accompany Robert (Brad Garrett) to one of his therapy sessions.
The boys, running true to form, immediately head for the racetrack. There is a dose of therapy, however, because the trip prompts Frank to share some insights about his so-called parenting skills. It's a terrific episode for Boyle, the only "Raymond" regular not to have won an Emmy.
It might be an overstatement to suggest that everybody loves "Raymond," but cer tainly there remains enough affection to make the show televi sion's highest-rated comedy. It's cruising along as the nation's sixth highest-rated show, attracting more than 11 percent of all TV households.
There's much that should be said about the success of "Everybody Loves Raymond," and much will be said in the coming months. For now, though, keep in mind that "Raymond" remains the last genuine hit sitcom introduced by the networks.
It also should be noted that "Raymond" is the one TV comedy to keep its writing staff intact since the first season. That says a great deal, too. It goes a long way in explaining the show's consistency and why CBS has fought so hard to keep it on the air.
Patricia Heaton attends annual fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Everybody except co-star Brad Garrett shared their love for "Everybody Loves Raymond" at a Beverly Hills bash on Monday, even as a few of his colleagues grumbled about the imminent demise of the hit CBS sitcom.
The cast and crew of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and veteran newswoman Barbara Walters were the honorees at the Museum of Television and Radio's annual fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Larry King hosted the event, though he said he was supposed to be at a party for Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Notables such as California first lady Maria Shriver and actor Michael Douglas turned up to sing the praises of Walters. Her co-stars on her syndicated chat show "The View" sent in their congratulations by video, as did Oprah Winfrey, who said, "If there hadn't been a you, there couldn't have been a me."
The commemoration for "Everybody Loves Raymond" had a bittersweet feel since the show is now in its final season. "It's been a great nine years," Peter Boyle, who plays star Ray Romano's acerbic father, told the black-tie crowd. "I could do a few more, but I don't want to say anything more about that." Added Boyle's bossy TV wife, Doris Roberts: "I wish it could go on forever, and it probably will in some way."
Garrett missed the event due to an illness in his family. But his absence didn't keep co-stars and the network's top executive from joking about an epic salary dispute in which Garrett, Boyle, Roberts and Patricia Heaton, who plays Romano's wife, missed some days at work. The cast members ultimately secured generous pay increases, including a share of the syndication profits.
"Negotiating with Doris is like negotiating with your mother ... You can't win," said CBS chief Leslie Moonves. "Negotiating with Brad is like negotiating with John Gotti."
Responded Romano, who is reportedly TV's highest-paid performer with a per-episode salary of more than $2 million, "Like my father, I go to him when I need money."
Patricia Heaton supports Baby Safe Heaven Law
The Massachusetts Baby Safe Haven Law took effect this past Friday, October 29, making legal the act of placing newborns into the hands of officials at hospitals, police and fire stations across the state. Massachusetts has become the 47th state to enact a law that provides places for mothers to drop off newborns. Baby Safe Haven advocates say that this law is especially important because it gives a newborn's parents the ability to place it into medical care in the crucial hours following birth.
Nationwide, the bill has shown bipartisan support as well. Governors that have signed a Baby Safe Haven Law include George Pataki (R-NY), Gray Davis (D-Calif.), Craig Benson (R-NH) and Jesse Ventura (I-Minn.). The first governor ever to sign the bill into state law was our current President, George W. Bush when he was Governor of Texas.
The Massachusetts bill has gained support from Hollywood as well. Patricia Heaton, who plays Deborah on the CBS sit-com "Everybody Loves Raymond," is featured in radio public service announcement supporting Baby Safe Havens in Massachusetts. The PSA is being distributed by MP3 to high school, college and commercial radio stations across the state. Heaton is the spokesperson for Baby Safe Haven laws across the country. Since the idea of the bill was first created in 2000, there have been a total of 13 babies abandoned in Massachusetts, 6 of whom died. Two of the 13 babies were found this summer. One was found at a fire station in Southampton and another on the steps of a church in Martha's Vineyard
The oldest of CBS' comedies"Everybody Loves Raymond" marks its 200th episode
That's a long run for a prime-time sitcom (the show premiered in 1996), and this is its final season. Tonight's installment (at 9 p.m.) may not present persuasive evidence to support Ray Romano's massive salary, but it does provide ample doses of what makes "Raymond" so pleasantly, comfortably amusing.
The dynamics of the show, now as in the pilot eight years ago, are familiar from other beloved TV comedies. Ray Barone (Romano) and his brother Robert (Brad Garrett) are like the siblings in "The Wonder Years," only all grown up - but no more mature, and constantly sniping at one another. Their parents, Marie and Frank (Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle), are like Archie and Edith Bunker, except that in this case it's Edith, not Archie, whom everyone finds abrasive.
And Debra (Patricia Heaton), Ray's wife, is like a more attractive Roseanne - free and eager to speak her mind. The men all try to rule the roost, but the women have the last word, and, most weeks, the final victories. Series creator Philip Rosenthal's script for tonight's show reflects all that. The women, fed up with their menfolk's shenanigans, march them off to therapy - but the boys never quite get there.
Instead of Ray, Robert and Frank going for a joint session with Robert's therapist ("Dr. Greenburg has a bit of a lazy eye," he warns them), they ditch the weekly appointments and head to the track. "Now it'll be harder than ever to look Dr. Greenburg in the eye," Robert moans. It's only one of the lines that's unexpected and funny, and in this case delivered by Garrett with a devastatingly dry deadpan expression. The physical comedy's here, too: When Frank demands a 10-foot "cone of silence" from Marie, her efforts to comply bring out sparkling bits of funny business from both Roberts and Doyle.
The kids, like many sitcom kids, are missing from this episode, and not at all missed. The comedy in "Raymond" comes from the dual-generation adult bickering, between father and son, mother and daughter-in-law, brother and brother. And though the men skip therapy in this episode, they actually talk enough among themselves to learn something. It doesn't change their behavior, but it does help explain it. For keeping the standard sitcom alive and well after all this time, "Everybody Loves Raymond" deserves a tip of the hat. And tonight, with a tip of the head, it gets - and earns - some very big laughs.