Shelley Morrison, best known for her portrayal of Rosario on Will & Grace, has died at age 83.
The news was confirmed by Morrison’s publicist on Sunday, who cited heart failure following a “brief illness” as the cause of death.
While she will forever be remembered for her hilarious sharp-tongued battles with Megan Mullally’s Karen on the hit sitcom, Morrison’s acting credits run deep, beginning with a breakout role appearing with Sally Field on The Flying Nun in the late ’60s.
Morrison was invited to return to the Will & Grace revival but turned down the role, saying she’d retired from acting.
Her former costars offered some remembrances:
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
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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 ?
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