Patricia is a Republican.
Patricia has been nominated for 13 SAG awards. She was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She won in 2003. She was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. All these nominations were for Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2005 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Miniseries or Movie for The Goodbye Girl.
Patty has often joked about how even though she now knows that Ray Romano is a comedic genius and very sexually attractive, it didn't "jump out at her" when the show Everybody Loves Raymond first began.
Patricia has talked about how before she got cast in Everybody Loves Raymond, she was clipping coupons on her porch to save a few cents on some ballpark franks. When she was told that there was a new television show looking for a "Patty Heaton type," she went into the audition all flustered, because she was having babysitter issues at home. Apparently, though, this demeanor was a reflection of what the casting directors wanted in the Debra Barone character, so it helped Heaton land the job.
Patty has often told interviewers the story of how she was called for jury duty shortly after "Everybody Loves Raymond" wrapped up its final season, and she was put on a case about a bad construction job, so she spent weeks looking at photos of leaking drywall. The funny thing is that one of Patty's fellow jurors leaned over and whispered to her, "Were you on Seinfeld?"
Of Patty's four sons (Sam, John, Joe, and Dan), two of them were born during the time that "Everybody Loves Raymond" was on the air. The first time was in Season 1, when she was expecting Joe, and while it generally wasn't written in, Patty did get to show off her big bump in the Season 1 finale, when there was a flashback of Debra's pregnancy with her and Ray's daughter Ally. The second time came with Dan in Season 3, and it wasn't written in at all. Everyone worked around Patty's pregnancies by putting laundry baskets in her hand, sitting her down at the table for entire scenes, standing behind the couch, and even behind the refrigerator door.
She has appeared in Pantene hair care commercials.
She was featured in three unsuccessful sitcoms - Room for Two (1992) with Linda Lavin, Someone Like Me (1994), and Women of the House (1995) with Delta Burke - before landing the plum role of beleaguered wife, mother, and in-law Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.
Patricia caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama thirtysomething, in which she played an oncologist, leading to three appearances on the series.
Patricia made her only Broadway appearance in the chorus of the flop Don't Get God Started.
She is an avid golfer.
She attended the Greater LA USA Golf Tournament to benefit the Bob Hope USO at LAX.
She produced the documentary, The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania.
She won an Emmy in 2000 for Lead actress in a comedy series for her work on Everybody Loves Raymond. Season 4's Bad Moon Rising was the episode submitted for consideration, and the episode revolved around Heaton's character Debra's current struggles with PMS.
Her favorite movies are On the Waterfront, Apocalypse Now, and Ordinary People.
Her favorite actors are Dustin Hoffman and Gary Oldman.
Patricia's favorite car is an Mercedes 450 SL.
Patricia is the honorary chairperson of Feminists for Life.
She enjoys reading.
Patricia's favorite comedian is Steve Martin.
Her favorite color is red.
Her favorite food is french fries, steak, and Krispy Kreme donuts.
Her book, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published in September 2002.
Patricia graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in drama in 1980.
She has been an active supporter for the nonprofit world hunger organization Heifer International.
Patricia voiced the lunch lady in the episode "Mystery Meat" of "Danny Phantom".
Patricia has been married to David Hunt since 1990.
Patricia is 5' 2" (1.57 m).
Patricia was producer for the 2006 film "Amazing Grace".
Patricia produced the 2005 film "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania".
Patricia played Ellen in the 1992 movie "Memoirs of an Invisible Man".
Patricia is a very outspoken Republican and is a supporter of both President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.
Her eldest sister is a nun.
Her mother passed away when she was a young child.
Patricia is the second youngest of 5 children.
She was nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series 6 years in a row.
She has four sons Sam, John, Joseph, and Daniel.
She is a sister of the Delta Gamma sorority.
Patricia's nickname is Patty.
Patricia's husband, David has appeared in several episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond.
Patricia and her husband have a production company named FourBoys Films.
She has received two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.
She is Irish-American.
While at Bay High School she sang in the choir.
Graduate of Bay High School class of 1976.
Daughter of Chuck Heaton, sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
She went to St. Raphael's Catholic grade School, Bay Village, Ohio.
Patricia Heaton: I was playing paintball with the kids at my son's birthday party, and I snuck up behind him, and I was like, "Oh, he's only ten, and its his birthday....but screw it! I want that red flag!"
Patricia Heaton: (after the death of Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Peter Boyle) My kids are big fans of the movie Young Frankenstein, and one day, I took them to the set of Raymond with me. I pointed to Peter Boyle and said, "That's Frankenstein!" And Peter would just chase them around the set, growling. He was so wonderful. There is talk of a reunion sometimes, but it just wouldn't be the same without Peter.
Patricia Heaton: (about her four children, all of them boys) You know, I was meant to have boys, because I love doing the paintball, the sports, and all that. I enjoy that. I like the physical stuff.
Patricia Heaton: A woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy also deserves to experience unplanned joy.
Patricia Heaton: Because my mother died when I was young, I don't take anything for granted at all.
Patricia Heaton: Boys wear their hearts on their sleeves. Even when they're trying to pull one over on you they're so transparent. Like men.
Patricia Heaton: I don't bleed or scar, and painkillers don't make me nauseated. I could operate heavy machinery on Percoset.
Patricia Heaton: People of all kinds have come up to me and told me that they identify so much with Ray and Debra, or with Debra and Marie's relationship, and I think it's probably because we started out with such rich characters.
Patricia Heaton: (about "Everybody Loves Raymond") If you're married, and especially if you have kids......no, listen, just if you're in a family, then you "get" this. And I have to confess, Robert has always been my favorite character on the show, because he's so sweet, ans so well-intentioned, and so put-upon, and he's so......he never gets the upper hand, ever, ever, ever.
Patricia Heaton: The reason that women can go to work, and pick up the dry cleaning, and plan the vacations, and help with the school projects, is because we are very good at compartmentalizing, because we have to. It's the way it is. We have to do every friggin' thing.
Patricia Heaton: True love, and what it is, and how do you know what it is? Is it just chemistry, or is it years and years of commitment and being together and hanging in there building a history? And how do you find both?
Patricia Heaton: If Romeo and Juliet hadn't killed themselves, they'd be bickering just like Ray and Debra.
Patricia Heaton: Plastic surgery is like a big elephant sitting in the Hollywood living room.
Patricia Heaton: The role of Debra is different from your typical housewife in that she lies, she's a bad cook, she has PMS, she's unreasonable like any woman. But I would like to do at least one episode where Debra and Raymond really get along.
Patricia Heaton: (about Everybody Loves Raymond) I felt like I was on another planet for 9 years, where everyone worshiped me, and I was a goddess!
Patricia Heaton: My favorite body part? My feet.They're not pretty but they get me where I want to go.
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