Despite remaining on the periphery of character stardom all these years, New York-born character actress Shelley Morrison has had a long and varied career since the early 60s. She started out on TV in such popular shows as The Farmer's Daughter and Laredo, making a career out of…more
In 2004, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She is currently in remission.
She has played a maid 32 times throughout her career.
She turned down many voiceover roles in animated shows for being too violent.
In her spare time, she loves to read and knit.
She does a lot of charity work, and in 2006 opened an animal shelter in Los Angeles made entirely of environmentally-friendly material.
She is a fan of the author Bob Woodward.
She is a Sephardic Jew.
She owns two dogs, Katie and Charlie.
She previously worked with her Will & Grace co-star Debra Messing on the short-lived sci-fi series Prey.
Like her character on the sitcom The Flying Nun, she too had difficulty with the English language in the 1970's.
She attended the wedding of her Will & Grace co-star Megan Mullally in 2003.
She is married to Walter Dominguez.
Just before Will and Grace began, Shelley asked her agent specifically to not give her anymore "maid jobs".
Although a lot of her roles have shown her as Spanish, she is actually of Middle Eastern descent.
In 2003, Shelley was charged with shoplifting in California. She was fined $300 and banned from the store the theft occurred for a year.
She battled cancer in 1988, and continued to fight it when it returned a decade later.
She guest starred on the ground breaking show SOAP in the first season as a maid in the 12th episode.
In 2005, Shelley Morrison was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Will & Grace). Sadly, she lost.
Shelley: (On her 2003 arrest) I don't know why I did it. I remember buying the shoes and I remember walking outside and having three security people starting to yell at me to take off my jacket. They were taking these tacky things out of my jacket. It was stuff I wouldn't have bought and it was on sale and when they tallied it up it came to $98, but for some reason the store's policy was they were going to charge me full price. I've since seen therapists and they explained to me that I left no room for myself and sometimes the mind has a mini earthquake. I did a dumb thing that was so out of character.
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