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Published:December 1st, 2009 14:35 EST

Judyth Piazza chats with Shelley Morrison From the Hit NBC Series "Will and Grace"

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

After more than fifty years in show business, actress Shelley Morrison, who plays the wisecracking Rosario on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace," has more than her share of stories.  This veteran of the big and small screen has also augmented her professional life with ties to her family and community that have made her a compelling person as well as a skilled performer.

Born in the South Bronx, Morrison " a Sephardic Jew of Spanish descent " moved with her family to Los Angeles as a child, and still lives in the apartment building that her father owned and managed six decades ago.  The young Morrison worked consistently in film and television in the 1960s, playing the memorable Sister Sixto on the series "The Flying Nun" and appearing alongside the late Gregory Peck in the western "MacKenna`s Gold." 

After putting her career on the back burner to marry Walter Dominguez (the two celebrate their 35th anniversary this year), Morrison made a comeback after the age of 50 " highly unlikely for a future grandmother who likes to knit in her spare time.  A series of guest-starring roles on a number of series in the 80s and 90s eventually lead to her landing the role of Rosario, which has earned her Emmy and SAG Awards (for Outstanding Ensemble) and numerous other nominations, including three ALMA Nominations for Best Supporting Actress.  Morrison`s latest roles include the voices of Mrs. Portello on Disney Channel`s new animated series "Handy Manny," and Lola Fruitola in Threshold Entertainment`s digitally animated film Food Fight! ? which is set for release late this spring. She is also co-producing, with husband Walter Dominguez, a documentary entitled Weaving the Past ? about Dominguez`s grandfather`s participation in the early Mexican Revolution. It is about my husband`s Mexican heritage and the importance of honoring ones culture and ancestry," says Morrison.

Morrison now practices the spiritual tradition of the Lakota Sioux, is a tireless worker for charity (she is currently involved with Farm Sanctuary, which combats the abuses of industrialized farming and encourages awareness and understanding about farm animals, the Humane Society, and Best Friends, a sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.) Morrison has received a commendation from the city for her effort to preserve her neighborhood during the 1992 riots that destroyed a shopping mall just behind her home, is a member of the
Honorary Committee of the Genesis Awards,
and joined other "celebrity knitters" including Elizabeth Taylor and "Will and Grace" co-star Debra Messing, to knit blankets for a sale benefiting the New York Police and Fire Widows` and Children`s Benefit Fund. Recently, she led the inspirational and uplifting

"Sea of Pink" survivors` ceremony to kick off the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Los Angeles.  She has survived four cancer surgeries, on both breasts, her lung and ovaries; and retains a spirit of peace and optimism that is as infectious as her winning smile.