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

Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar right and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in an episode of

Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar right and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker in an episode of"Will & Grace in 2000

Mullally, who played the Morrison's boss Karen Walker, praised the actress on Twitter. She was 83 years old.

Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, Morrison's publicist, Lori DeWaal, told The Associated Press.

Morrison had a 50-year career in entertainment, but was best known for her turn as the scene-stealing maid Rosario in Will & Grace.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shelley was only signed on for one episode, the first-season finale she returned for 67 more episodes and stayed on until the show ended in May 2006. She also had extensive credits as a guest actress, including roles on "The Partridge Family", "Three's A Crowd", "My Favorite Martian", "Laredo", "Gunsmoke" and "General Hospital". "She was loving, strong, supportive, and kind". "She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy".

"Oh, Shelley... what a loss", Will & Grace star Debra Messing said on Instagram.

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Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. Our dear Rosario has passed on.

The sitcom's Eric McCormack described Morrison as "a lovely soul and wonderful actor". "My heart goes out to her entire family". She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace. She appeared in numerous episodes of The Flying Nun as Sister Sixto, as well as The Rookies, Laredo, Courthouse, and more.

Born Rachel Mitrani to Jewish parents from Spain in the Bronx, New York, in 1936, Morrison spoke primarily Spanish as a child.

IMDd said she played numerous ethnic roles, such as a Native American woman in "Mackenna's Gold" in 1969 as well as minor Hispanic roles in movies like "Man and Boy" in 1971 and "Troop Beverly Hills" in 1989.

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