|Born||March 4, 1958|
Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Ohio State University (BA)|
|Political party||Republican (before 2021)|
Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her work on sitcoms, having played Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) as well as Frances "Frankie" Heck on The Middle (2009–2018).
Heaton is a three-time Emmy Award winner – twice winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Everybody Loves Raymond, and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Program as host of Patricia Heaton Parties (2015–2016).
Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer. When she was 12, her mother died of an aneurysm. The fourth of five children, Heaton was raised as a devout Catholic.
Heaton has three sisters, Sharon (now a Dominican nun, and presently assistant registrar at Aquinas College in Nashville), Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who passed away in September 2022 at the age of 66 and was the "Minister of Culture" columnist for The Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.
While attending Ohio State University, she became a sister of Delta Gamma sorority. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper. Heaton made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which fellow students and she created Stage Three, an off-Broadway acting troupe.
When Stage Three brought one of its productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama Thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989 to 1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), and Danny Phantom (2004).
Heaton was featured in three short-lived sitcoms—Room for Two, Someone Like Me and Women of the House—before landing the role of Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She was nominated in each of the series' last seven seasons for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning in 2000 and 2001. With her win in 2000, she became the first of the cast members on the show to win an Emmy. She has also collected two Viewers for Quality Television Awards and a Screen Actors Guild trophy for her work on the series.
Heaton appeared on the season seven of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where she helped build a home for a firefighter and his family.
Heaton's television movies include Shattered Dreams (1990), Miracle in the Woods (1997), A Town Without Christmas (2001), the remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (2004) with Jeff Daniels, and The Engagement Ring (2005). Heaton also played former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Barbara Bodine, in the 2006 ABC docudrama The Path to 9/11, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class, based on the real story of a mother, Ellen Cohen, raising a son, Brad Cohen, who has Tourette syndrome, in 2008.
Heaton was the producer for the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which was directed by her husband, David Hunt. She was also one of the producers of the William Wilberforce drama Amazing Grace (2006).
In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.
From September 2009 to May 2018, she starred in the ABC comedy The Middle as Frankie Heck.
In October 2015, Heaton began hosting Patricia Heaton Parties, a cooking show on Food Network. The program showcases party-friendly foods and home-entertaining tips. The series won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2016 for Outstanding Culinary Program.
In 2003, Heaton appeared in a series of television and radio commercials as spokesperson for the various incarnations of the grocery chain Albertsons, such as Acme, Jewel and Shaw's. Heaton also was featured on the cover of the company's 2003 and 2004 annual reports. In 2007, Albertsons created the Crazy About Food slogan/campaign and Heaton's association with the company ended. She has also appeared in advertisements for Pantene hair-care products.
Heaton wrote a book called Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Transformation with a release date of July 21, 2020.
Heaton has been married to English actor and director David Hunt since 1990. They have four sons and as of 2002, they divide their time between Los Angeles and Cambridge. Her memoir, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, was published by Villard Books in 2002.
After her divorce from her first husband, Constantine Yankoglu, she went through a self-described "Protestant wilderness". As of June 2017, Heaton's first marriage had been annulled by the Catholic Church and she had returned to being a practicing Catholic.
Heaton's political views have been described as conservative, and until 2021, she was a registered Republican. In 2016, she voiced her disapproval of her party's then-presidential nominee Donald Trump. She later stated that she had "given up politics" following the election, but continued to express her admiration for Mitt Romney. On January 6, 2021, the same day as the 2021 United States Capitol attack, Heaton announced that she would leave the Republican Party and become an independent voter.
Abortion and birth control
Heaton is a consistent life ethicist and is vocally supportive of groups and causes opposing abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Heaton's advocacy became particularly visible during the debate regarding the Terri Schiavo case. In addition, Heaton is honorary chair of Feminists for Life, an organization which opposes abortion and embryonic stem cell research and supports other anti-abortion causes on the basis of feminism.
On February 29, 2012, Heaton criticized Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, who advocated in favor of a contraceptive mandate for health insurance plans; Heaton said on Twitter, "I don't care if anyone uses birth control - just don't charge me for it", and wrote a series of tweets mocking Fluke's activism, as well as retweeting similar remarks from her followers. After incurring criticism, Heaton apologized and deleted most of the posts.
Despite later publicly walking back on these views, in 2003 Heaton used her influence as a major donor to St. James School to block a planned diversity and inclusion assembly. The assembly had been planned after a student with two gay adoptive parents had faced bullying for her parents’ sexual orientation. Heaton threatened to pull funding from the school if the assembly went forward.
In October 2006, Heaton appeared in a commercial opposing a Missouri state constitutional amendment concerning embryonic stem cell research, which subsequently passed. The advertisement was a response to the election of Democratic Senate hopeful Claire McCaskill and aired at the same time as Michael J. Fox's advertisement supporting the amendment. Appearing with Heaton were actor Jim Caviezel, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, Seattle Mariner Mike Sweeney, and St. Louis Rams/Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Following a public outcry, Heaton later said she regretted doing the ad and sent an apology to Fox, saying she was unaware of his ad. Fox accepted her apology and later stated, "If we can have a healthy dialogue about issues that people see differently, that's marvelous."
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Ellen|
|1994||The New Age||Anna|
|1996||Space Jam||Wife watching the Basketball Game in New York||Participation|
|2014||Moms' Night Out||Sondra|
|2017||The Star||Edith||Voice role|
|2018||Smallfoot||Mama bear||Voice role|
|2022||The Unbreakable Boy|||
|TBA||Mending the Line||In production|
|1989||Alien Nation||Amanda Russell||Episode: "The Red Room"|
|1989–1991||Thirtysomething||Dr. Silverman||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|1990||Shattered Dreams||Older Dotti||Movie|
|Matlock||Ellie Stanford||Episode: "The Brothers"|
|1991||DEA||Paula Werner||Episode: "The Fat Lady Sings Alone"|
|1992–1993||Room for Two||Jill Kurland||Lead role (26 episodes)|
|1994||Someone Like Me||Jean Stepjak||Lead role (5 episodes)|
|1995||Women of the House||Natalie Hollingsworth||Main role (11 episodes)|
|1996||Party of Five||Robin Merrin||2 episodes|
|1996–2005||Everybody Loves Raymond||Debra Barone||Main role (209 episodes)|
|1997||Miracle in the Woods||Wanda Briggs||Movie|
|1999||The King of Queens||Debra Barone||Episode: "Dire Strayts"|
|2001||A Town Without Christmas||M.J. Jensen||Movie|
|2004||The Goodbye Girl||Paula McFadden||Movie|
|Danny Phantom||Lunch Lady Ghost (voice)||Episode: "Mystery Meat"|
|2005||The Engagement Ring||Sara Rosa Anselmi||Movie|
|2006||Untitled Patricia Heaton Project||Janet Daily||Pilot|
|The Path to 9/11||Ambassador Bodine||Miniseries|
|2007–2008||Back to You||Kelly Carr||Lead role (17 episodes)|
|2008||Front of the Class||Ellen Cohen||Movie|
|2009–2018||The Middle||Frankie Heck||Lead role (215 episodes)|
|2011||Easy to Assemble||Mrs. Hullestaad||3 episodes|
|2015–2016||Patricia Heaton Parties||Herself||Host (16 episodes)|
|2019–2020||Carol's Second Act||Carol Kenney||Lead role (18 episodes)|
|TBA||Untitled Patricia/Kaplan Project ||TBA||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
The following are accolades and honors received by actress Patricia Heaton:
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1197. March 9, 2012. p. 26.
- Dawidziak, Mark (May 2, 2016). "Patricia Heaton wins daytime Emmy award". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
- O'Brien, Elizabeth (November 28, 2000). "Patricia Heaton's Laid-Back Lifestyle". People. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- Quinn, Justin. "A Profile of Conservative Hollywood Actress Patricia Heaton". About.com. Retrieved June 22, 2010.
She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Mass with her parents every day.
- Green, Jesse (December 31, 2006). "Not Everybody Loves Patricia". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
- Theiss, Evelyn (July 5, 2010). "Patricia Heaton heads home for an evening of fun at BAYarts". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
- Evans, Suzy (May 18, 2019). "Richard Schiff, Calista Flockhart, Christine Lahti, David Morse Pay Tribute to Acting Teacher William Esper". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
- "Seinfeld: The Actresses Who Almost Played Elaine Benes". ScreenRant. January 1, 2022. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
- "On The Scene, Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Heaton Open Off Broadway". Broadway.com. January 11, 2007. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008.
- "Funniest Women on TV". Funniest Women on TV. July 3, 2011. TV Guide Network. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
- Bryant, Jacob (September 10, 2015). "'The Middle's' Patricia Heaton to Host Food Network Show". Variety.
- "The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame Committee Announces New Walk of Fame Honorees for 2012". Hollywood Walk of Fame. June 21, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011.
- Otterson, Joe (May 9, 2019). "CBS Orders Three Dramas Including 'FBI' Spinoff, Four Comedies Including Patricia Heaton, Chuck Lorre Multi-Cams". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
- "Pantene Commercial with Patricia Heaton (2003)". YouTube. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
- "'Make friends with failure': Patricia Heaton on her encouraging new book 'Your Second Act'". USA Today.
- Grobar, Matt (October 16, 2021). "'Mending The Line': Wes Studi, Patricia Heaton, Perry Mattfeld & More Board Drama Examining Lasting Effects Of War". www.deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
- Hill, Erin (October 23, 2013). "Patricia Heaton's Real-Life Middle Moment With Her Son". Parade. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- Hallman, Deborah (October 16, 2002). "Keeping it real in Hollywood". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- Heaton, Patricia (September 17, 2002). Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine. Villard Books. ISBN 9780375508714.
- Graves, Jim (June 3, 2017). "Vin Scully and Patricia Heaton reflect on centrality of Christ in their lives". Catholic World Report. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
- @PatriciaHeaton (July 30, 2017). "Spent Mass internally grumbling about lame sermon; received Eucharist, knelt down, burst into tears. #NoOneExpectstheHolySpirit" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Zapo, George (April 6, 2015). "Four Celebrities Talk Openly About Having Plastic Surgery". Inquisitr. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
- Warren, Lee (May 21, 2011). "Patricia Heaton Says Her Politics Have Cost Her Potential Roles". The Christian Post. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- Bond, Paul (October 27, 2008). "Hollywood insiders rip MSNBC, defend Palin". Reuters. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
- Heaton, Patricia [@PatriciaHeaton] (February 29, 2016). "If he's the nominee then it won't be my party...#Pinestraw2016 t.co/umuMTOJhW8" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 25, 2020. Retrieved July 19, 2021 – via Twitter.
- Heaton, Patricia [@PatriciaHeaton] (May 2, 2017). "I've given up politics but - all the reasons I love @MittRomney (evangelicals wouldn't vote for him but voted for Trump?): t.co/rVkHyRUlis" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 11, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2021 – via Twitter.
- Heaton, Patricia [@PatriciaHeaton] (January 6, 2021). "I'm registering as an independent" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 4, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021 – via Twitter.
- Squires, Chase (March 25, 2005). "Issues, not images, drive Schiavo TV coverage". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
- "Patricia Heaton Apologizes for Attacking Sandra Fluke on Twitter". The Daily Beast. March 7, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- "Nicole Kidman and 84 Others Stand United Against Terrorism". Hollywood Grind. August 18, 2006. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014.
- Serrano, Alfonso (October 25, 2006). "Stem Cell Opponents To Air Celebrity Ad". CBS News. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- N'Duka, Amanda (November 20, 2020). "Jacob Laval, Meghann Fahy, Peter Facinelli, Patricia Heaton & More Join Zachary Levi In 'The Unbreakable Boy'". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
- "Critics Choice Television Awards (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Christopher Awards (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Daytime Emmy Awards (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Derby, Gold (March 7, 2016). "2004 GOLDDERBY TV AWARDS". GoldDerby. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Derby, Gold (March 7, 2016). "2005 GOLDDERBY TV AWARDS". GoldDerby. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "4th Annual TV Awards (1999-2000) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "5th Annual TV Awards (2000-01) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "6th Annual TV Awards (2001-02) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "7th Annual TV Awards (2002-03) - Online Film & Television Association". Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Patricia Heaton". Television Academy. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "TV Guide Awards (2001)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Viewers for Quality Television Awards (1997)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Viewers for Quality Television Awards (1998)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Viewers for Quality Television Awards (1999)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Viewers for Quality Television Awards (2000)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- "Patricia Heaton". Hollywood Walk of Fame. October 25, 2019. Retrieved December 18, 2021.