Patricia Heaton, the wry comedic actress and winner of 7 Emmy’s for her performance as Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Yesterday!
A bunch of well wishers came out to celebrate with her on the Walk of Fame, including nearly the entire cast of Everybody Loves Raymond like Ray Romano plus co-stars from newer shows like Neil Flynn! (<– big fan since Scrubs)
Romano gave a great toast (shall I say ROAST?) of Patricia that got some big laughs from everyone. I’m paraphrasing, but he started with something like this:
Ray: The last time i was here was for Doris (pointing to Doris)…2 wonderful actors, Everybody Loves Raymond characters…getting a star. (chuckles in audience) Before i go on, I just want to ask the committee……..you guys have my number right? (big laugh) I’m kidding, i couldn’t be more happy.
–> Which brings up a good point, how come Raymond doesn’t have a star?? Get on that, fans!! Get Ray a star and you’ll get a free stand-up at the ceremony, I guarantee it.
He went on to say a few more words:
Ray: We saw a hundred actresses for the role. Patty came in, she nailed it. But the reason i liked her was, she was the only one who kissed me on the lips in the audition! And i thought to myself…
Patricia: ….i was desperate for work…
Ray: Hey, you stepped on my line!
Patricia: (laughing) Woops!
Ray: I was going to say, I thought ‘she really needs a job.’ And then she had to pretend to kiss me for 9 years!
HAH! Romano and Heaton has a great funny chemistry, so its no wonder they did so well on screen for 9 years!
And she’s a lot more than just the iconic wife on Everybody Loves Raymond. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame, she’s done so much more:
In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is a bestselling author whose bookMotherhood and Hollywood – How to Get a Job Like Mine was on the New York Times best-sellers list.
In 2001, Heaton co-founded FourBoys Films, whose recent productions include the documentary feature film The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania and the critically acclaimed film Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, in conjunction with Bristol Bay Productions.
Heaton is very active in a number of charity organizations. She has long supported Big Brothers/Big Sister, and was a Big Sister herself in her 20s in NY. She has worked with the TS Alliance for nearly a decade, participating in their annual fundraiser, “Comedy for a Cure” to raise money for research and treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis. She supports the Lighthouse Medical Mission and recently travelled to Sierra Leone with the relief organization. And she has spent time preparing care packages for our troops overseas with Operation Gratitude. She also gives generously to Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that assists in the adoption of children with Down Syndrome and other special needs.
She seems like a charistmatic, well rounded person, actress, artist, and mother. Congratulations Patricia!
Her star is just down the street from the LA City Tours office on Hollywood Boulevard. This is just another day on Hollywood Boulevard, from stars getting their ceremonies on the Walk of Fame, to a footprint at Graumans, to a Red Carpet Premiere of a big Hollywood blockbuster… So, if you’re planning a Los Angeles vacation package, got an LAX layover, or planning one day of sightseeing, come see us at LA City Tours!!