‘Will & Grace’ Actress Shelley Morrison Dies at 83


Sad news coming out of Hollywood. Actress Shelley Morrison, best known for her role of Rosario Salazar on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace,  passed away Sunday (Dec. 1) from heart failure at the age of 83.

Shelley’s husband of 40 years, Walter Dominguez, released a statement to E! News confirming the news. “[Shelley] passed in Los Angeles this morning at 5:42 am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from heart failure, after a brief illness. Shelley had recently celebrated her 83rd birthday.”

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The statement continued, “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 L.G.B.T.Q. 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.”

The actress played the role of Rosario, Karen Walker’s maid from El Salvador on Will & Grace, from 1999 until 2006, in the series’ original run.

Shelly’s co-stars Megan Mullally (Karen), Eric McComack (Will), Debra Messing (Grace) and Sean Hayes (Jack) all spoke out praising the actress on on social media.

“My heart is heavy. 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,” Megan tweeted.

Eric added, “Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. 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. #Rosario.”

Sean posted his message on Instagram with a photo of Shelley in character. “Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her entire family. ❤️”

Debra shared her feelings for Shelley in an Instagram post along with a video clip of the actress. “Oh, Shelley… what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. She was a kind soul with a huge heart and always had a smile on her face. All my love to Walter and the entire family. #shelleymorrison 😢.”

The 83-year-old also appeared in “The Flying Nun,” as Sister Sixto, in the late 1960s and television shows, including “Murder She Wrote,” “L.A. Law,” “Home Improvement” and “Columbo.”

R.I.P. Shelley.