Shelley Morrison, whose 64-calendar year performing occupation included taking part in the unforgettable maid Rosario on the NBC sequence “Will & Grace” from 1999 to 2006, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. She was eighty three.
Her husband, Walter Dominguez, mentioned the result in was heart failure.
“Shelley’s biggest pleasure as an actress was in taking part in the indomitable Rosario in a comedy series that furthered the induce of social equity and fairness for L.G.B.T.Q. people today,” Mr. Dominguez mentioned in a statement. “She also took pride in portraying a sturdy, loving but feisty Latina character.”
He included, “She believed that the finest way to modify hearts and minds was by comedy.”
The daughter of Spanish immigrants, Ms. Morrison was born n the Bronx on Oct. 26, 1936. A road signal carries her title at 159th Street and Grand Concourse Boulevard as element of the Bronx Walk of Fame. She was elevated in the Bronx but afterwards moved to Los Angeles, where she attended Los Angeles Town College or university and commenced her stage vocation, turning out to be one particular of the city’s 1st woman phase producers.
She would afterwards transfer into movie and tv, including playing Sister Sixto on “The Flying Nun” in the late nineteen sixties. She also appeared in dozens of other television reveals, together with “Murder She Wrote,” “L.A. Law,” “Home Improvement” and “Columbo.”
But she was ideal recognized for her function on the extended-running NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” on which she performed a maid to the sharp-tongued Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally. As just one of the several characters prepared to stand up to her socialite boss, Rosario turned a supporter preferred.
“She reminds me a lot of my possess mom, who loved animals and young children, but she would not suffer fools,” Ms. Morrison mentioned of her character in a biography unveiled by her publicist.
“Will & Grace” ended its initial run in 2006. It returned to the NBC plan in 2017, but without the need of Ms. Morrison.
Ms. Morrison and her spouse satisfied in 1973 and with each other adopted a few sons and a few daughters as a result of a Indigenous American ceremony. Finish info on survivors was not immediately offered.
Ms. Morrison lived in the similar apartment constructing in Los Angeles for sixty nine a long time, promising her moms and dads, who experienced also moved there, that she would always choose treatment of it.
Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.