Shelley Morrison passed away on Sunday morning at age 83. Morrison played Rosario on Will & Grace. Rosario was Karen Walker’s (Megan Mullally) maid on the first run of Will & Grace.
Rosario (also called Rosie) had a contentious yet loving relationship with Karen. Morrison appeared in 68 episodes of the comedy but was in the reviva. Morrison declined to return after retiring from acting.
“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,” her publicist, Lori DeWaal, told EW. “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.”
She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for heart failure after a brief illness where she passed away.
Her fellow cast mates and others have taken to social media to remember her. Debra Messing, Sean, Hayes, and Eric McCormack shared too.
What do you remember most about Morrison and her character, Rosario? Let us know in the comments below.
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 https://t.co/C1vkDTU6Qk
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) December 2, 2019
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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 😢
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