Nalungkot ang maraming die-hard fans ng award-winning American sitcom na Will & Grace dahil sa pagpanaw ng isa sa original cast members nito na si Shelley Morrison.
Sumakabilang-buhay si Shelley sa edad na 83 on December 1 sa Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to heart failure after suffering from a short illness.
Naging favorite character si Shelley sa Will & Grace dahil sa kanyang role as Rosario Salazar, isang Hispanic maid from El Salvador na nagtatrabaho para sa neurotic nitong amo na si Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally.
Sinulat ang character na Rosario for just one episode, iyon ay ang ipakasal si Rosario sa gay friend ni Karen na si Jack McFarland (played by Sean Hayes) para ma-legalize ang status nito sa America.
Pero dahil nagustuhan ng maraming audience ang character ni Rosario na isang feisty maid na walang takot na sinasagut-sagot at inookray ang kanyang amo, kaya naging regular cast member si Shelley. Lumabas siya in 68 episodes ng Will & Grace mula 1999 to 2006.
Noong magkaroon ng reboot ang show in 2017 after ten years, muling inimbitahan si Shelley to revive her character as Rosario, pero tinurn down nito ang offer dahil retired na raw siya sa pag-arte at mahina na raw ang paningin niya dahil sa kanyang sakit na macular degeneration.
Nagbigay ng kanilang tribute kay Shelley ang co-stars niya sa Will & Grace.
Tweet ni Eric McCormack, who plays Will on the show: “Shelley was a beautiful soul & a wonderful actor. Her work as Rosario, season after season, was as nuanced and real as it was hysterical. She will be missed by everyone at #WillandGrace, she’s a huge part of it. Sending so much love to Walter and Shelley’s whole family. #Rosario”
Post ni Debra Messing, who plays Grace Adler, on Instagram: "Oh, Shelley... what a loss. Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. She was a kind soul with a huge heart and always had a smile on her face. All my love to Walter and the entire family."
Post naman ni Sean Hayes, who plays Jack McFarlang on the show: "Our beloved Shelley Morrison passed away today. She was absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart. She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to her entire family. ❤"
Pinakaapektado sa lahat ay si Megan Mullally dahil seven seasons niyang laging kaeksena si Shelley at nakabuo raw sila ng chemistry na ikinatuwa ng maraming televiewers.
"Just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband walter & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed," post ni Megan on social media.
Born in the South Bronx, New York on October 26, 1936, Shelley Morrison was born with the name Rachel Mitrani. She was the only daughter of Sephardic Jewish parents. She was initially raised in the Bronx, New York, and her first language was Spanish. Morrison moved to California with her parents in 1946.
Bago nakilala si Shelley sa Will & Grace, nagsimula siya sa TV series na The Flying Nun playing Sister Sixto. Co-star niya sa show si Sally Field at tumagal ito mula 1967 hanggang 1970.
Her other film and TV credit includes Divorce American Style, How Save A Marriage and Ruin Your Life, My Favorite Martian, The Fugitive, The Interns, The Patridge Family, Marcus Welby M.D., Soap, Troop Beverly Hills, Murder She Wrote, Colombo, L.A. Law, Fools Rush In, My Name Is Earl, and Home Improvement.
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