Morrison died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from coronary heart failure at the age of 83, DeWaal said.
Morrison’s character Rosario was the no-nonsense Salvadoran maid to socialite Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally, throughout the genuine run of “Will & Grace” on NBC from 1999 to 2006. Karen was friends with a lawyer, Will, and inside designer, Grace, who shared a New York City condominium.
“Rosario is one of my all-time favorite characters,” Morrison said in a biography launched by her agent. “She reminds me a lot of my own mother, who loved animals and children, but she would not suffer fools.”
“It is very significant to me that we were able to show an older, Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own,” she said.
She was born as Rachel Mitrani on October 26, 1936, throughout the Bronx to Jewish Spanish mom and father, consistent with the biography. Spanish was her first language.
Some of her roles included a Native American woman in “Mackenna’s Gold” in 1969 along with minor Hispanic roles in movement photos like “Man and Boy” in 1971 and “Troop Beverly Hills” in 1989.
In 1973 she met Walter Dominguez, a creator, whom she married. Through Dominguez, she turned fascinated by Native American traditions, significantly the Lakota Sioux, the biography said. The couple adopted six children by means of a standard Native American ceremony, the biography said. Dominguez, the kids, and fairly a couple of grandchildren survive her.
She’d battled well-being points over time and was a breast and lung most cancers survivor.
A press launch launched by DeWaal said: “Shelley’s greatest pride as an actress was in playing the indomitable Rosario, in a comedy series that furthered the cause of social equity and fairness for LGBTQ people. She also took pride in portraying a strong, loving yet feisty Latina character. She believed that the best way to change hearts and minds was through comedy.”