Shelley Morrison Known for Playing Rosario Salazar on 'Will & Grace' Dies at 83

Actress Shelley Morrison, much known for playing the character Rosario on "Will & Grace," died on Sunday, at the age of 83.

According to her publicist, the actress, whose career spanned fifty years, died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a heart failure that resulted from a brief illness. 

Shelley Morrison arrives at The Norby Walters 25th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Shelley Morrison arrives at The Norby Walters 25th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Playing as an El Salvadorian maid in NBC's "Will & Grace" made Shelley famous among the show's viewers that her stay on the show, initially billed to last one episode, lasted 68 episodes.

The fans loved the way she interacted with her boss, Karen Walker, who was played by Megan Mullally. Shelley loved her character in the series, and described it as one of her all-time favorite characters, as it reminded her of her mother. 

Shelley Morrison began her career in the early 1960s, bagging her first major role in "The Flying Nun," where she played the character, Sister Sixto. She also appeared in some episodes of "The Partridge Family," "The Rookies," "Once an Eagle," "Soap," "Sisters," "L.A. Law," etc.

Actress Shelley Morrison attends the screening of "Weaving The Past: Journey Of Discovery" at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on May 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Shelley Morrison attends the screening of "Weaving The Past: Journey Of Discovery" at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on May 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

She also starred in movies such as "How to Save a Marriage," "Ruin Your Life," "McKenna's Gold," "Funny Girl," "Troop Beverly Hills," and "Fools Rush In." 

The actress was born Rachel Mitrani in Bronx, New York, in 1936. Her parents were Jewish and immigrated from Spain is survived by her husband, Walter Dominguez, with whom she shared a 46-year marriage.

Shelley Morrison during Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon Perform One Night Only: A Concert For Autism Speaks at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States | Photo: Getty Images

Shelley Morrison during Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon Perform One Night Only: A Concert For Autism Speaks at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States | Photo: Getty Images

Since the news of her death made the news, Shelley's co-stars from "Will & Grace" have been paying tribute to her. Megan Mullally said Shelley would never be forgotten, while Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, who played Will Trueman and Grace Adler respectively, also paid their last respects on Twitter.

In her tweet, Megan said her heart was heavy from Shelley's death, and thanked her for her friendship and partnership, saying she had accomplished wonderful things in this world. 

Eric, in his tweet, described Shelley Morrison as a beautiful soul and a wonderful actor, adding that everyone at Will & Grace would miss her. 

Debra Messing said in her tweet that though Shelley had a career that spanned decades, she would always be "our dear Rosie." 

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