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Veteran 'Will and Grace' actress Shelley Morrison dies at 83

Before 'Will and Grace,' Morrison was best known for playing Sister Sixto on 'The Flying Nun' alongside Sally Field from 1967 to 1970.
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Actress Shelley Morrison arrives to the NBC's television series "Will & Grace,"100th episode celebration Friday Nov. 8, 2002, at the Falcon restaurant in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on "Will and Grace," has died.

Publicist Lori DeWaal says Morrison died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 83.

Morrison played Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of "Will and Grace" from 1999 to 2006, becoming part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series.

Before "Will and Grace," Morrison was best known for playing Sister Sixto on "The Flying Nun" alongside Sally Field from 1967 to 1970.

She guest-starred on dozens of television series starting in the early 1960s, and appeared in films alongside Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Salma Hayek.