Shelley Morrison — known for playing Salvadoran maid Rosario Salazar on “Will & Grace” — has passed away at the age of 83.
On Sunday, Morrison’s publicist Lori DeWaal told The Associated Press the actress died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness.
Shelley’s husband, Walter Dominguez, released a statement that day honoring his wife of 64 years.
“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,” he said.
Dominguez continued, “She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy. The other great joy of her life was her 64-year marriage to her husband, filmmaker Walter Dominguez, and their many family members, including children and grandchildren who were adopted through traditional Native American ceremony.”
Morrison’s NBC co-stars — including Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes — also paid their respects on social media.
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 😢
just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. 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. pic.twitter.com/WeLGrWlRye— Megan Mullally (@MeganMullally) December 2, 2019
Though Morrison’s “Will & Grace” character was initially set to appear in a single episode, she ended up appearing in 68 due to her chemistry with Mullally. However, she did not participate in the 2017 revival.
Shelley is also known for her role opposite Sally Field in “The Flying Nun,” where she portrayed Sister Sixto from 1967 to 1970.