Heaton at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on May 22, 2012
Patricia Helen Heaton
March 4, 1958
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.
David Hunt (m. 1990)
Patricia Hurd Heaton
Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Debra Barone in the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) and as Frances "Frankie" Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle (2009–2018).
Heaton is a three-time Emmy Award winner – twice winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Everybody Loves Raymond, and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Program as host of Patricia Heaton Parties (2015–16).
Patricia Heaton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer. Heaton's mother died of an aneurysm when the actress was 12. The fourth of five children, Heaton was raised as a devout Catholic.
Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for The Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.
While attending the Ohio State University, she became a sister of Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a bachelor of arts in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper. Heaton made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which fellow students and she created Stage Three, an off-Broadway acting troupe.
When Stage Three brought one of their productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama Thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989 to 1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), and Danny Phantom (2004).
Heaton was featured in three short-lived sitcoms—Room for Two, Someone Like Me and Women of the House—before landing the role of Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2000 and 2001. With her win in 2000, she became the first of the cast members on the show to win an Emmy. She has also collected two Viewers for Quality Television Awards and a Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work on the series.
Heaton appeared on the season seven of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where she helped build a home for a firefighter and his family.
Heaton's television movies include Shattered Dreams (1990), Miracle in the Woods (1997), A Town Without Christmas (2001), the remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (2004) with Jeff Daniels, and The Engagement Ring (2005). Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class, based on the real story of a mother, Ellen Cohen, dealing with a son, Brad Cohen, who has Tourette syndrome, in 2008.
Heaton was the producer for the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which was directed by her husband. She was also one of the producers of the William Wilberforce drama Amazing Grace (2006).
In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.
In October 2015, Heaton began hosting Patricia Heaton Parties, a cooking show on Food Network. The program showcases party-friendly foods and home-entertaining tips. The series won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2016 for Outstanding Culinary Program.
In 2003, Heaton appeared in a series of television and radio commercials as spokesperson for the various incarnations of the grocery chain Albertsons, such as Acme, Jewel and Shaw's. Heaton also was featured on the cover of the company's 2003 and 2004 annual reports. In 2007, Albertsons created the Crazy About Food slogan/campaign and Heaton's association with the company ended. She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.
Heaton has been married to British actor David Hunt since 1990. They have four sons and they divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridge, England. Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002.
Hunt is Heaton's second husband. After her divorce from her first husband, she went through a self-described "Protestant wilderness". Since June 2017, Heaton's first marriage has been annulled by the Catholic Church and she had returned as an observant of Catholicism.
Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is vocally supportive of pro-life groups and causes, opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case. In addition, Heaton is honorary chair of Feminists for Life, an organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other pro-life causes on the basis of feminism.
In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The advertisement was a response to the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill and aired at the same time as Michael J. Fox's advertisement supporting the amendment. Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, Seattle Mariner Mike Sweeney, and St. Louis Rams/Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, saying she was unaware of Fox's ad. Fox accepted her apology and later stated, "If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that's marvelous."
On February 29, 2012, Heaton made several negative public remarks against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, joining the controversy surrounding the law requiring insurance companies to cover contraception. Following criticism for her remarks, Heaton apologized days later.
Although a Republican, Heaton voiced her disapproval of then presidential nominee Donald Trump in 2016, stating "If he’s the nominee then it won’t be my party". She later stated that she had "given up politics" following the election, but continued to express her admiration for Mitt Romney.
|1989||Alien Nation||Amanda Russell||Episode: "The Red Room"|
|1989–1991||Thirtysomething||Dr. Silverman||6 episodes|
|1990||Shattered Dreams||Older Dotti||Movie|
|1990||Matlock||Ellie Stanford||Episode: "The Brothers"|
|1991||DEA||Paula Werner||Episode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"|
|1992–1993||Room for Two||Jill Kurland||26 episodes|
|1994||Someone Like Me||Jean Stepjak||5 episodes|
|1995||Women of the House||Natalie Hollingsworth||11 episodes|
|1996||Party of Five||Robin Merrin||2 episodes|
|1996–2005||Everybody Loves Raymond||Debra Barone||Main role (209 episodes)|
|1997||Miracle in the Woods||Wanda Briggs||Movie|
|1999||The King of Queens||Debra Barone||Episode: "Dire Strayts"|
|2001||A Town Without Christmas||M.J. Jensen||Movie|
|2004||The Goodbye Girl||Paula McFadden||Movie|
|2004||Danny Phantom||Lunch Lady (voice)||Episode: "Mystery Meat"|
|2005||The Engagement Ring||Sara Rosa Anselmi||Movie|
|2006||Untitled Patricia Heaton Project||Janet Daily||Pilot|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Ambassador Bodine||Miniseries|
|2007–2008||Back to You||Kelly Carr||Main role (17 episodes)|
|2008||Front of the Class||Ellen Cohen||Movie|
|2009–2018||The Middle||Frankie Heck||Main role (215 episodes)|
|2011||Easy to Assemble||Mrs. Hullestaad||3 episodes|
|2015–2016||Patricia Heaton Parties||Herself||Host (16 episodes)|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Ellen|
|1994||The New Age||Anna|
|1996||Space Jam||Wife watching the Basketball Game in New York||Participation|
|2014||Moms' Night Out||Sondra|
|2017||The Star||Edith the cow|
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|1999||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|1999||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|1999||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2000||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2000||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2001||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2002||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2002||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2002||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Won|
|2004||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||The Goodbye Girl||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Everybody Loves Raymond||Nominated|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Back to You||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||The Middle||Nominated|
|2016||43rd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Culinary Program||Patricia Heaton Parties||Won|
She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day.
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