Actress Shelley Morrison who played maid on ‘Will & Grace’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, a character actress best known for playing the feisty maid Rosario Salazar on “Will <><><><>& Grace,” has died, publicist Lori DeWaal tells CNN./ppMorrison died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure at the age of 83, DeWaal said./ppMorrison’s character Rosario was the no-nonsense Salvadoran maid to socialite Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally, in the original run of “Will <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Grace” on NBC from 1999 to 2006. Karen was friends with lawyer, Will, and interior designer, Grace, who shared a New York City apartment./pp”Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters,” Morrison said in a biography released by her agent. “She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools.”/pp”It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own,” she said./ppShe was born as Rachel Mitrani on October 26, 1936 in the Bronx to Jewish Spanish parents, according to the biography. Spanish was her first language./ppShe worked for more than six decades, guest starring in more than 150 television series, a href=”” target=”_blank”according to Besides her role on “Will and Grace,” Morrison was probably best known for playing Sister Sixto on “The Flying Nun” alongside Sally Field in the 1960s./ppSome of her roles included a Native American woman in “Mackenna’s Gold” in 1969 as well as minor Hispanic roles in movies like “Man and Boy” in 1971 and “Troop Beverly Hills” in 1989./ppIn 1973 she met Walter Dominguez, a writer, whom she married. Through Dominguez, she became interested in Native American traditions, specifically the Lakota Sioux, the biography said. The couple adopted six children through a traditional Native American ceremony, the biography said. Dominguez, the children and numerous grandchildren survive her./ppShe’d battled health problems over the years and was a breast and lung cancer survivor./ppA statement released by DeWaal said: “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. 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.”/p