Shelley Morrison Dies: 'Will & Grace' Actress Dead at 83

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The 83-year-old star was best known for her role as Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace. 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. "It was with a heavy heart that she gave us that information and that we received it, but it is the way that it goes", said Mutchnick, via The Hollywood Reporter.

"Despite not returning for the later series, Morrison remained fond of her character; according to the Associated Press, she recently commented that Salazar "[reminded] me a lot of my own mother who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools.

Rosario was originally meant to appear in one episode, but her relationship with Karen proved so popular that she became a regular on the series, ultimately appearing on 68 episodes of the original run.

'Such sad news. Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today.

'She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed.

Debra Messing, who plays Grace Adler, led the tributes, posting on Instagram: "Oh, Shelley. what a loss".

She guest-starred on dozens of television series starting in the early 1960s, including "The Fugitive", "L.A. Law" and "Murder, She Wrote".

More recently, Morrison lent her voice to various projects, including episodes of the animated Disney Channel series Handy Manny.

Actor Sean Hayes, who portrays Jack, described the late star as "absolutely hilarious" with "the biggest heart".

Born to Sephardic Jewish parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Spain, Morrison appeared in 68 episodes of the pioneering LGBT comedy between 1999 and 2006. She was cast primarily as Latina characters, but she played a range of ethnicities in theatre, television and film.

She appeared with Dean Martin in 1968's "How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life", with Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" the same year, with Gregory Peck in 1969's "Mackenna's Gold", with Shelley Long in "Troop Beverly Hills" in 1989, and with Salma Hayek in "Fools Rush In" in 1997.

She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Walter Dominguez, and their three sons and three daughters.

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