For her role in Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton received both the 2000 and the 2001 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series,” and was nominated for a 1999, 2002 and 2003 Emmy Award in the same category. She won the 1998-99 Viewers for Quality Television “Best Actress in a Quality Comedy” Award. She was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Female Television Performer” in 2003. She was nominated for the 2002 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Series,” and won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.”
While studying in New York with drama teacher William Esper, Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical Don’t Get God Started. She and fellow students then formed Stage Three, an acting company that produced plays Off-Broadway. They took one production, The Johnstown Vindicator, to Los Angeles, where Heaton’s performance caught the eyes of casting directors.
Consequently, Heaton portrayed the producer/daughter in the television series, Room for Two. Her additional television credits include Women of the House, Someone Like Me and Thirtysomething. Among her television film credits are Miracle in the Woods and A Town Without Christmas. Her feature film credits include Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Beethoven, New Age, Space Jam and The Goodbye Girl.
Her book, Motherhood and Hollywood: How To Get A Job Like Mine, was released in September 2002.
Heaton was born in Cleveland, and lives with her husband and four sons in Los Angeles.