Soon after news of the death of Will & Grace star Shelley Morrison was made, there was an outpour of condolences and tributes from her co-stars from the NBC sitcom, members of the TV community in Hollywood as well as fans.
One fan wrote “RIP to a lady who put in 52 years ! of TV work and always did the job and then some” while another said, “Shelley Morrison was the unsung hero of Will & Grace.” However, it was the reactions of the Will & Grace family that were emotional.
When Megan Mullally, who played Karen Walker to Morrison’s Rosario, heard of the news she tweeted: “Just got a bulletin on my phone that Shelley Morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband wer & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed.”
“Oh, Shelley… what a loss,” tweeted her co-star Debra Messing. “Our dear Rosario has passed on. Shelley had a career that spanned decades, but she will always be our dear Rosie. All my love to Wer and the entire family.”
Erick McCormack and Sean Hayes also sent out their tributes via social media and show composer Scott Icenogle wrote, “So sad to hear of this news. Shelley Morrison was a beloved member of the “Will & Grace” family. She will be sorely missed.”
Others who posted tributes included George Takei, Elizabeth Perkins and Adina Porter. Read them below.
just got a bulletin on my phone that shelley morrison has passed. my heart is heavy. putting shelley, her beloved husband wer & their children in the light. thank you for your friendship & partnership, shell. you accomplished wonderful things in this world. you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/WeLGrWlRye
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 Wer and Shelley’s whole family. #Rosariohttps://t.co/C1vkDTU6Qk
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Show: The Secret History of Hollywood
Where You Can Stream It: The podcasting app of your choice.
The Pitch: The Secret History of Hollywood is the most compelling, immersive, and emotional podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each season consists of deep dives into a major Hollywood figure, tracing its subject’s rise to prominence and giving incredible insight into their home lives, painting a portrait so captivating and well-rounded that biographies or books on the subjects could only dream to achieve.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Listening: I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot since I first stumbled across it several years ago, but I think it’s especially appropriate to recommend it right now because some of its episodes are incredibly lengthy – many clock in around an hour and a half, but some of them stretch to four, six, or even nine hours long. Yes, really. Some of you may scoff, but isn’t being in quarantine the perfect time to give a long-form podcast a chance?
Adam Roche, the voice behind the show, had no background in sound editing or sound production when he got started, but he could have fooled me: the series reminds me of an old-time radio show, complete with sound effects and Roche doing voices as he plays the people in a given scene. I realize that may sound cheesy, and it absolutely would be in less-capable hands. But trust me: Roche’s mellifluous voice and incredibly researched accounts are perfect for this type of storytelling.
The show has brought me to tears multiple times over the years, and I think a huge part of the reason for that is because of the long episode lengths. Like a great TV series you never want to end, you get to spend hours and hours with the subjects of these episodes and build emotional connections to them, so when they they experience hardships, a project goes wrong, or they lose a loved one, the results can be unexpectedly powerful.
The show has earned the attention of Hollywood vets like Peter Ramsey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mark Gatiss Sherlock, Game of Thrones, the latter of whom lends his own terrific voice to introductions of the most recent season, which covers the prolific producer Val Lewton Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost Ship. I knew nothing about Lewton or his work before I listened to the eleven episode season, but by the end, I feel like not only do I know all about him, but I feel I’ve experienced his highs and lows right alongside him. It’s truly spellbinding stuff, and it comes with my absolute highest recommendation.