Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Honorary Committee member Shelley Morrison

I met Shelley Morrison in an adobe - no, really I did. Our first bit of conversation was about nopal recipes. Honest.

Most of you may know Shelley because her decades of prolific work on stage and screen. Or you may know her work as the voice of Mrs. Portillo, Manny's kindly neighbor. For others, the role she is best known for is Rosario, the feisty maid on "Will and Grace". To quote Shelley - Rosario was an "older Hispanic woman who is bright and smart and can hold her own".

History and heritage matter to her. She is of Hispanic descent, born and raised in the Bronx, her first language was Spanish and her parents were Spanish Jews. She embraces the spiritual tradition of the Lakota Sioux. Shelley and her husband Walter Dominguez have three sons and three daughters that were adopted through a traditional Native American ceremony.

Shelley is an advocate for the charities she cares about. A.N.G.E.L.S. Day and L.A. Shanti are but two examples. She has survived two bouts with cancer and she has raised money for the American Cancer Society.

Latino Heritage thanks Shelley for being a member of our Honorary Committee and look forward to talking with her about nopal recipes, among many, many other topics.

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