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Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton.jpg
Heaton in 2008
Born (1958-03-04) March 4, 1958 (age 63)
Alma materOhio State University (BA)
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1987–present
Political partyIndependent (2021–present)
Other political
Republican (before 2021)
(m. 1990)

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958)[1] is an American actress, model and comedian. Popular in highly-rated sitcom television, Heaton is best known for her starring roles as Debra Barone in the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) as well 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 (2015–2016).[2]

Early life

Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer.[3] When she was 12, her mother died of an aneurysm. The fourth of five children,[4] Heaton was raised as a devout Catholic.[5][6]

Heaton has three sisters, Sharon (now a Dominican nun, and presently assistant registrar at Aquinas College in Nashville), 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.[7]


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.[8] 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.

Heaton at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on May 22, 2012
Heaton at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on May 22, 2012

When Stage Three brought one of its 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's feature films include Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), and Space Jam (1996).

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.

Starting September 2007, Heaton co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Back to You, a situation comedy on Fox. The show was canceled in May 2008.

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, raising 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, David Hunt. 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.[9] For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.

From September 2009 to May 2018, she starred in the ABC comedy The Middle as Frankie Heck.

In 2011, Heaton was ranked at number 24 on the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV.[10]

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.[11]

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012.[12] Her production company is FourBoys Entertainment.[13]

Other credits

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.[citation needed] She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.[14]

Heaton wrote a book called Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Transformation with a release date of July 21, 2020.[15]

Personal life

Heaton has been married to English actor and director David Hunt since 1990.[4] They have four sons[16] and as of 2002, they divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridge.[17] Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002.[18]

After her divorce from her first husband (name unknown), she went through a self-described "Protestant wilderness". As of June 2017, Heaton's first marriage had been annulled by the Catholic Church and she had returned to being a practicing Catholic.[19][20]

Heaton has been open about having plastic surgery; citing having a tummy-tuck and a breast reduction after undergoing four Caesarean sections.[21]

Political and social advocacy

Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is vocally supportive of groups and causes opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.[6] Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case.[22] 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.[6]

As of 2008, Heaton was a registered Republican.[23] Heaton openly supports gay rights[24] and has publicly stated that she is not against same-sex marriage.[25]

Patricia Heaton and family in the Indianapolis 500 Parade, May 2008
Patricia Heaton and family in the Indianapolis 500 Parade, May 2008

Heaton's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (August 17, 2006) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[26]

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.[6] 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.[27] Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, saying she was unaware of his ad. Fox accepted her apology and later stated, "If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that's marvelous."[6]

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.[28]

In 2016, although registered Republican, Heaton voiced her disapproval of then-presidential nominee Donald Trump: "If he's the nominee then it won't be my party."[29] She later stated that she had "given up politics" following the election, but continued to express her admiration for Mitt Romney.[30]

On January 6, 2021, the same day as the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, she tweeted that she switched from the Republican Party to Independent.[31]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Alien Nation Amanda Russell Episode: "The Red Room"
1989–1991 Thirtysomething Dr. Silverman Recurring role (6 episodes)
1990 Shattered Dreams Older Dotti Movie
Matlock Ellie Stanford Episode: "The Brothers"
1991 DEA Paula Werner Episode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"
1992–1993 Room for Two Jill Kurland Lead role (26 episodes)
1994 Someone Like Me Jean Stepjak Lead role (5 episodes)
1995 Women of the House Natalie Hollingsworth Main role (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
Danny Phantom Lunch Lady (voice) Episode: "Mystery Meat"
2005 The Engagement Ring Sara Rosa Anselmi Movie
2006 Untitled Patricia Heaton Project Janet Daily Pilot[citation needed]
The Path to 9/11 Ambassador Bodine Miniseries
2007–2008 Back to You Kelly Carr Lead role (17 episodes)
2008 Front of the Class Ellen Cohen Movie
2009–2018 The Middle Frankie Heck Lead role (215 episodes)
2011 Easy to Assemble Mrs. Hullestaad 3 episodes
2015–2016 Patricia Heaton Parties Herself Host (16 episodes)
2019–2020 Carol's Second Act Carol Kenney Lead role (18 episodes)
TBA Untitled Patricia/Kaplan Project [1] TBA Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Ellen
Beethoven Brie
1994 The New Age Anna
1996 Space Jam Wife watching the Basketball Game in New York Participation
2007 Amazing Grace N/A Producer
2014 Moms' Night Out Sondra
2017 The Star Edith Voice role
2018 Smallfoot Mama bear Voice role

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1999 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Won
2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Won
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2002 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2004 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Goodbye Girl Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2006 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series 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 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Culinary Program Patricia Heaton Parties Won


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  5. ^ Quinn, Justin. "A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton". Retrieved June 22, 2010. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day.
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  30. ^ Heaton, Patricia [@PatriciaHeaton] (May 2, 2017). "I've given up politics but - all the reasons I love @MittRomney (evangelicals wouldn't vote for him but voted for Trump?):" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 11, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2021 – via Twitter.
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