Shelley Morrison, ‘Will and Grace’ star, dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, a veteran character actress best known for playing the maid Rosario on “Will and Grace,” died Sunday at age 83.

She died of heart failure after a brief illness, her publicist told the Associated Press.

Originally cast as the maid of Megan Mullally’s spoiled Karen Walker for a single episode, she parlayed it into a recurring role in 68 episodes of the NBC sitcom between 1999 and 2006. She was part of the cast that was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2004.

She first rose to prominence in the 1960s in series like the Western “Laredo” and “The Flying Nun,” in which she played a malaprop-prone Puerto Rican nun opposite Sally Field’s high-flying novice.

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Definition of Marriage' Episode 15 -- Aired 02/09/2006 -- Pictured: Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Bathroom Humor' Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Von Trapped' Episode 10 -- Aired 01/05/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adle, Taye Diggs as James Hanson, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Alive and Schticking' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Alive and Schticking' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Creator David Kohan, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Creator Max Mutchnick, Alec Baldwin as Malcolm, Director James Burrows (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Christmas Break' Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Shelley Morrison as Rosario Salazar, Hallee Hirsh as Olivia Walker, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
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