Maegan Kasteler | Dec 12, 2018

3 Interesting Facts about Patricia Heaton

We are excited to announce that joining us on the RootsTech stage on February 28, 2019, is actress Patricia Heaton.

Patricia is best known for her roles as Debra Barone on the hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and, more recently, as Frankie Heck in The Middle. She was born and raised a Catholic in Ohio and is married with 4 sons. After graduating from college, she moved to New York where her first Broadway appearance was in the chorus of Don’t Get God Started. She and her friends then started an acting troupe, and while touring in LA, she was seen by a casting director and offered a role in the ABC drama Thirtysomething.

Jen Allen, RootsTech event director, said, "We are so excited to have Patricia at RootsTech. Family has always been important to Patricia. Her background and her story are the perfect fit for the RootsTech stage."

Here are three interesting facts you might not know about Patricia:

She is a published author

In 2002, Patricia wrote a book titled Motherhood and Hollywood, a collection of essays on life, love, marriage, child-rearing, show business, and beyond. The book quickly hit the New York Times Bestseller List.

Heaton also has a published cookbook, Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends. This is a collection of 100 recipes designed for "a busy happy life"—recipes that are budget-friendly, simple, and unforgettable. Patricia has also hosted an Emmy-winning show on Food Network called Patricia Heaton Parties, where she created sophisticated versions of traditional American fare, perfect for entertaining family and friends.

She has won several awards for her acting

Patricia is no stranger to the spotlight, and in 2012 she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star was number 2,472 in the television category on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Patricia was also nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award from the Primetime Emmy Awards 7 years in a row, 2 of which she won. She has also won 2 Screen Actors Guild awards and an award from the Viewers for Quality Television.

She frequently participates in charity work

Patricia is the Celebrity Ambassador for the international organization World Vision. According to their website, World Vision is "a global Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice."

In 2015, Patricia and one of her 4 sons traveled to Zambia with World Vision. She has also traveled to Uganda and Sierra Leone to participate in charity work.

Patricia has long supported Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was, in her twenties, a Big Sister. She has also worked with the TS Alliance helping to raise money to research Tuberous Sclerosis. Patricia  has also worked with the Lighthouse Medical Missions, Operation Gratitude, and Reece's Rainbow.

Join us, and Patricia Heaton, at RootsTech 2019 and register today.

Maegan Kasteler

Recent Posts

RootsTech London Day in Review: A Talent for Genealogy

Donny Osmond closes out RootsTech London 2019 with inspiring stories of family history.
Elizabeth Miller | Oct 26, 2019

RootsTech London Day in Review: Sharing Our Stories and Overcoming the Odds

Kadeena Cox and Steve Rockwood share stories of courage, determination, and overcoming adversity at the RootsTech London 2019 General Session.
Elizabeth Miller | Oct 25, 2019