Reflecting her pro life advocacy, she was once quoted as saying that a woman who is experiencing unplanned pregnancy also deserves to experience unplanned joy. A consistent life ethicist and supporter of all pro life causes on the basis of feminism, Patricia Heaton is honorary chair of Feminists for Life and is an actress who is best remembered for playing the role of Debra Barone, the beleaguered wife of Ray Barone in the CBS TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Born as Patricia Helen Heaton on 4 March 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio, Patricia attended the Ohio State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in drama. She later relocated to New York City to further hone her acting skills under renowned drama teacher William Esper.
After making her 1987 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Don’t Get God Started,” Patricia Heaton and her fellow students put together an acting company called Stage Three which produced off-Broadway plays. When the acting troupe took its production, “The Johnstown Vindicator” to Los Angeles, Patricia’s performance caught the attention of an ABC casting director. Shortly after that, she was cast in the TV drama “Thirtysomething” and made six appearances as an oncologist on the series which ran from 1989 to 1991.
During the decade of the 90s, she would go on and make guest appearances in TV shows and sitcoms before clinching her famous role opposite Ray Romano in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which ran from 1996 to 2005. During the last seven seasons of the series, Patricia received an Emmy nomination, winning the award twice. For her performance in the series, she also received a Screen Actors Guild trophy and two Viewers for Quality Television awards. In 2007, Patricia co-starred in a new sitcom called “Back to You” opposite Kelsey Grammer. After the show’s cancellation in 1998, she starred in ABC’s comedy series “The Middle.”
Patricia Heaton also appeared in made for TV films, docu drama and documentaries such as “Shattered Dreams,” “A Town Without Christmas,” “Miracle in the Woods,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Engagement Ring,” “The Path to 9/11,” “Beethoven,” “The New Age,” “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” “Space Jam” and “The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania.” Returning to stage in 2007, she performed in an off-Broadway play called “The Scene” at the Second Stage Theater in New York City for which she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress during the 22nd Lucille Lortelle Awards.
A Republican who supports gay rights and birth control, Patricia Heaton is deeply involved in charities such as World Vision and Heifer International which work towards ending poverty and hunger. She has been known to give gifts of goats and llamas and encourage her family and friends to do the same. She is also actively supports organizations which focus on autism, orphans and the environment.