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Shelley Morrison, Actress Who Played Feisty Maid On 'Will & Grace,' Passes At 83

Shelley Morrison, Actress Who Played Feisty Maid On ‘Will & Grace,’ Passes At 83

Shelley Morrison. Credit: Instagram/SeanHayes
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LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Shelley Morrison, the actress best known for playing feisty maid Rosario Salazar on “Will & Grace,” has passed away.

Morrison, who was 83, died of heart failure Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Her death was confirmed in a statement released by publicist Lori DeWaal: “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. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”

Speaking about her famed character in a biography released by her agent, Morrison said: “Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters. She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools. It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own,” she added.

Over the course of her more than six-decade-long career, Morrison, who appeared in 68 episodes of “Will & Grace” during its original run between 1999 and 2006, also had roles on US soap “General Hospital” and long-running series including “Murder, She Wrote” and “LA Law.”
She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Walter Dominguez, and their three sons and three daughters.

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