The stars of “Will & Grace” have taken to social media to remember their co-star and friend Shelley Morrison, who died on Sunday at the age of 83.
Megan Mullally — who shared many scenes with Morrison because the late actress played her character Karen Walker’s maid, Rosario Salazar — tweeted her condolences.
“just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed,” Mullally, 61, tweeted on Sunday. “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.”
Debra Messing (Grace Adler) shared a funny scene that featured Morrison along with fond memories.
“Oh, Shelley… what a loss,” Messing, 51, captioned the video on Instagram. “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.”
Morrison appeared on 68 episodes of the NBC show from 1999 to 2006, despite being originally cast for only one episode. Morrison did not return for the series’ revival in 2017 because she had “decided to retire,” co-creator Max Mutchinick told The Hollywood Reporter.
The seasoned actress also had roles on “General Hospital” and the late ’60s sitcom “The Flying Nun,” starring Sally Field.
Sean Hayes — whose “Will & Grace” character Jack McFarland was once married to Rosario, who was from El Salvador, so she could get a green card — said Morrison was “absolutely hilarious and had the biggest heart.”
“She was a part of our Will and Grace family and will be greatly missed,” he added in a tribute on Instagram. “My heart goes out to her entire family.”
And Eric McCormack (Will Truman) tweeted, “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.”
Morrison died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, her publicist confirmed.
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