Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton of "Everybody Loves Raymond" appeared as Debra Barone in the second season episode "Dire Strayts" (#2.8)

Patricia Helen Heaton
(born March 4, 1958) made an appearance as Debra Barone on the King of Queens episode "Dire Strayts" (Season 2, episode #8). Patricia played the part of Debra, Ray Barone's wife, on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, for which she won two Emmy Awards. In 2007, she made a return to sitcom television opposite Kelsey Grammer of NBC-TV's Cheers and Frasier TV series fame, in the Fox comedy series Back to You, which was canceled in 2008. She currently stars as Frankie Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle.


Patricia was born and raised in Bay Village, Ohio, a west Cleveland suburb. the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a longtime newspaper sportswriter for the The Plain Dealer.[1] She was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.[2][3][4][5][6]

Patricia has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for the Plain Dealerand a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine. Married to David Hunt, the couple has 4 children. Patricia received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012.


While attending the Ohio State University, Patricia became a sister of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a B.A. in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper.


Patricia made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an Off-Broadway acting troupe. In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the Off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theater in New York City.[7] For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.


When Stage Three brought one of their productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC-TV drama Thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989–1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), andDanny Phantom (2004).


  1. Patricia Heaton Biography (1958–)
  2. AFA Journal
  3. A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton, by Justin Quinn, US Conservatives at She (Patricia) was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day. accessed 2010-06-22.
  4. Kid sister stages a comeback, by Charles W. Bell for the (New York) Daily News, "By coincidence, Heaton, a devout Catholic...", 2004-05-01, accessed 2010-09-13.
  5. Patricia Heaton on Spending Mother's Day in 'The Middle', by Joel Keller for Weblogs, Inc. (TV Squad), "And so many of us – Neil Flynn grew up in the suburbs of Chicago – and just talking about how he grew up ... And he's also Irish-Catholic, which is how I grew up.", May 5, 2010, accessed October 10, 2010.
  6. Green, Jesse. Not Everybody Loves Patricia, The New York Times, December 31, 2006. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
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