“Will and Grace” Actress Shelley Morrison Dies at 83

Actress Shelley Morrison, who famously portrayed Will and Grace’s cranky maid Rosario Salazar, died on Sunday (December 1) at the age of 83. Morrison passed away due to heart failure after a brief illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her publicist confirmed.

The actress was originally meant to only appear in one episode of the iconic LGBTQ-friendly comedy, but the chemistry between her and Megan Mullally, who played Susan, earned her a regular role. She appeared in 68 episodes over eight seasons in the original series.

“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 husband Walter Dominguez told ABC.  “She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”

The actors who portrayed the show’s titular characters, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, mourned the loss of Morrison on Twitter.


According to a statement and biography released, Morrison reminisced on the role of Rosario before her death.

“She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools,” she said of the character. “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.”