Though Morrison was only intended to appear in one Will & Grace episode, Rosario quickly became a fan-favorite character, and Morrison went on to play Karen Walker’s housekeeper for 68 episodes of the show’s original run. She did not reprise the role for NBC’s revival of the sitcom; rather, Rosario passed away off-screen in a November 2017 installment.
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Morrison was also known for her work on The Flying Nun, where she co-starred as Puerto Rican nun Sister Sixto. But her showbiz career spanned more than 50 years, with television credits that included Gunsmoke, The Partridge Family, L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote, among many others.
More recently, Morrison lent her voice to various projects, including episodes of the animated Disney Channel series Handy Manny.
The actress is survived by her husband, Walter Dominguez. In the wake of her passing, Morrison’s Will & Grace co-stars honored her on social media:
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
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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