Shelley Morrison, Will & Grace Actress, Dead at 83

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Shelley Morrison, best known for her role on NBC's Will & Grace, has died. 

She was 83. 

Morrison's publicist revealed to the Associated Press that the star died of heart failure on Sunday. 

Shelley Morrison Smiles

The actress was a fan-favorite on Will & Grace. Slated to appear in just one episode, she went on to appear on 68 episodes as Rosario, Karen's housekeeper. 

This shows how much of an impact she made on the audience of the NBC comedy. 

“Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. "She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character,” her husband of 46 years, Walter Dominguez, said in a statement. 

Shelley Morrison, Megan Mullally

Morrison did not return for the 2017 revival, with Rosario dying off-screen during the first season of the revival. 

Aside from Will & Grace, the actress had a TV resume that included the likes of Gunsmoke, The Partridge Family, as well as Murder, She Wrote. 

But those roles barely scratch the surface. Morrison had a career in the spotlight that spanned over 50 years. 

In more recent years, Morrison lent her voice to several projects, including the Disney Channel original series, Handy Manny. 


News of her passing paved the way for her Will & Grace co-stars to take to social media to pay their respects. 

"Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor," said Eric McCormack. 

"Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical.


"She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family."

Debra Messing also honored Morrison on Instagram.

“Oh, Shelley… what a loss," she wrote.

"Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. All my love to Walter and the entire family. #shelleymorrison."


Mullally tweeted that her “heart is heavy” following news of Morrison’s death.

“Just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed,” she wrote.

“Putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed."

“Such sad news," said Sean Hayes via his Instagram.

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"Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart," he continued.

"She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her entire family."

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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