Shelley Morrison

Actor, Director, Producer
A prolific veteran actress with a long and varied career, Bronx-born Shelley Morrison has been featured extensively in television and on stage, with several films to her credit as well. Best remembered as Sister Sixto ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1936 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Will & Grace 1999 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Blackjack 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Sanchez (Actor)

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Home Improvement 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

Aunt Carmen (Actor)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Live Shot 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cries From the Heart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo: It's All in the Game 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bago 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Home 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Kids Don't Tell 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Conspiracy of Terror 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Partridge Family (ABC) 1970 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Breezy 1973 (Movie)

Nancy Henderson (Actor)

Devil Times Five 1973 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Man and Boy 1972 (Movie)

Rosita (Actor)

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Three's a Crowd 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

Squaw (Actor)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life 1967 (Movie)

Marcie Borie (Actor)

The Farmer's Daughter 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Lies and Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prolific veteran actress with a long and varied career, Bronx-born Shelley Morrison has been featured extensively in television and on stage, with several films to her credit as well. Best remembered as Sister Sixto, the spirited Puerto Rican nun valiantly struggling with the often illogical English language on ABC's "The Flying Nun" (1967-1970), Morrison gained popularity again over 30 years later, playing dry humored El Salvadoran maid Rosario on "Will & Grace" (NBC) beginning in 1999.

Relationships

Walter Dominguez

Husband

Maurice Mitrani

Father
Sephardic Jew died in 1967

Hortense Mitrani

Mother
Sephardic Jew died in 1981

Milestones

1999

Played a recurring guest role on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" as Rosario, an El Salvadoran maid who marries flamboyant Jack (Sean Hayes) for a green card; made a series regular as of the 2000-2001 season

1997

Played Salma Hayek's Aunt Carmen in the comedy feature "Fools Rush In"

1995

Had a three-episode recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Courthouse"

1994

Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "Cries From the Heart"

1991

Featured in the fact-based NBC murder miniseries "Love, Lies and Murder"

1990

Had a recurring guest role on the NBC sitcom "The Fanelli Boys"

1989

Returned to the big screen in the comedy "Troop Beverly Hills"

1985

Had a featured supporting role in the child molestation-themed TV-movie "Kids Don't Tell" (CBS)

1976

Featured in the seven-part miniseries "Once an Eagle" (NBC)

1975

Featured in the ABC TV-movie "The Night They Panicked America", a dramatization of the panic caused by Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcast

1974

Acted in the horror thriller "Devil Times Five"; last feature film role for 15 years

1973

Had a featured supporting role in the romantic drama "Breezy", directed by Clint Eastwood

1970

Acted in the Western feature "Man and Boy"

1968

Had a supporing role as a Pima squaw in the adventure feature "Mackenna's Gold" starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif

1968

Co-starred in "Three Guns for Texas", a theatrical release comprised of episodes of "Laredo"

1967

Featured in the comedy "Divorce American Style"

1966

Guest starred on an episode of "Gunsmoke" (CBS)

1966

Had early feature credit in the campy horror film "Castle of Evil", playing Lupe, the appropriately wicked housekeeper of the titular home

1963

Played Molly, a friend of Inger Stevens' Katy, on the ABC sitcom "The Farmer's Daughter"

Worked extensively in theater, acting in and directing over 60 plays

Portrayed Sister Sixto, a nun in Puerto Rico struggling to communicate with Sally Field's English-speaking Sister Bertrille, in the popular sitcom "The Flying Nun" (ABC)

Relocated to Los Angeles

Raised in a tenement in New York City

Had a recurring role on the Western TV series "Laredo" (NBC), portraying Linda Littletrees, a member of a rebel native army who falls in love with a Texas Ranger

Had a recurring role on NBC's "Sisters" as a Guatemalan maid facing deportation

Was L.A.'s youngest theatrical producer in the early 1960s, with credits including "Hamlet" and "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Bonus Trivia

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A breast and lung cancer survivor, Shelley Morrison has lobbied for cancer detection screenings for low-income Americans, and is a noted community activist in Los Angeles.

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In 2003, Morrison pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of petty theft. She was arrested April 23, 2003 for allegedly shoplifting $446.44 worth of jewelry from a Los Angeles Robinsons-May department store. Los Angeles Superior Court judge ANTONIO BARRETO JR. immediately sentenced Morrison to one year probation, ordered her to pay a $300 fine and said she must stay away from the store where the theft was committed

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