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When is The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania coming out in cinemas/DVD?

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Where can I watch the Hootie and the Blowfish video clip of "The Goodbye Girl" that features Patricia Heaton?

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Where can I watch the trailer for "The Goodbye Girl"?

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Where can I watch the trailer for "The Engagement Ring"?

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Why are there no pictures of Patricia Heaton's children on this site?

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Is it true that Patricia Heaton wasn't the original casting choice for Debra Barone?

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What # on the NY Times Best Seller List did Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine reach?

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EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What episodes were voted by fans as the top 5 fan favorite episodes?

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Did the names of the twins change?

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What is the name of the dish Debra cooks in the episode "Debra Makes Something Good"?

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Who designed the wedding/bridesmaid dresses that was worn by Monica Horan/Patricia Heaton in the episodes "The Wedding" and "Robert's Wedding"?

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Where were the Italy episodes filmed?

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What songs were played at the end of the "Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh" retrospective?

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What is the name of the song Debra and Frank's lodge friends sing in the episode "Debra at the Lodge"?

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What does Cousin Gerard play on the accordion in the episode "The 10th Anniversary"?

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Why does Robert touch his chin with his food every time he eats?

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Where do the Barones live?

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Why did Ray and Debra choose to live across the street from Ray's parents?

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What did Debra do for a living before she had the kids?

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What newspaper does Ray write a column for?

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What episode is the 'Fruit of the month' from?  answer »
Have family members of the cast and crew appeared on the show?  answer »
What are the characters full names?  answer »
What is Debra's family background?  answer »
What happened to Nemo's Pizzeria?  answer »
What does Marie keep locked up in the top draw of her kitchen?  answer »
How can you tell the twins apart?   answer »
How many opening title sequences have there been for Everybody Loves Raymond?  answer »
What's the name of Ray's preferred brand of ginger ale?  answer »
Is it true Ray Romano never liked the title of the series "Everybody Loves Raymond"?  answer »
What timeslots has "Everybody Loves Raymond" appeared in?  answer »
Was Everybody Loves Raymond filmed in front of a live audience?  answer »

What seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond are available on DVD?

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Where can I send Patricia Heaton fan mail?

Patricia Heaton is repped by Creative Artists Agency. You can send fan mail to the following address:

Patricia Heaton
c/o Creative Artists Agency
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Can you forward my fan email/request for an autograph onto Patricia?

In short: no.

Patricia Heaton Online is solely independent from and not affiliated in anyway with Patricia Heaton or her agency/management. In case you missed that, THIS SITE IS IN NO WAY OFFICIAL. Requests for autographed photos, her personal contact details will go unanswered as will enquires as to did her plastic surgery and what shade her hair color is!

Where can I buy a copy of ...?

The Engagement Ring has not yet been released onto DVD.

The following movies/telefilms are available for purchase at Amazon.com: The Goodbye Girl, Miracle in the Woods, Shattered Dreams, Space Jam, The New Age, Beethoven, Memoirs of an Invisible Man.

Other Patricia Heaton related items available for purchase: Thou Shalt Laugh, Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood documentary, Motherhood & Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, Party of Five: Season Two.

The 2001 CBS telemovie Patricia Heaton starred in, A Town Without Christmas, is not available for sale within the United States. It is usually rerun on cable networks each year during December.

When is The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania coming out in cinemas/DVD?

Since June 6 2006, "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania has been made available for rental through Netflix in the United States.

Since  December 19, 2006, the documentary has been available to own on DVD.

Where can I watch the Hootie and the Blowfish video clip of "The Goodbye Girl" that features Patricia Heaton?

Watch "The Goodbye Girl" music video:

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Where can I watch the trailer for "The Goodbye Girl"?

Watch "The Goodbye Girl" trailer:

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 Where can I watch the trailer for "The Engagement Ring"?

Visit the TNT website to watch the trailer for "The Engagement Ring"

Why are there no pictures of Patricia Heaton's children on this site?

For privacy reasons, pictures of Patricia Heaton's children - whether they are authorized or unauthorized pictures - are not posted on this website.

Is it true that Patricia Heaton wasn't the original casting choice for Debra Barone?

"Romano and Rosenthal wanted Maggie Wheeler (Chandler's whiny ex-girlfriend on Friends) to play Ray's wife, Debra. CBS "thought it was too ethnic for me and her to be together," says Romano, whose actual wife looks more like Wheeler than Heaton (Wheeler did wind up on the show, as Ray's best friend's spouse).

The network proposed Jane Sibbett (Ross' WASPy ex-wife on Friends). "We thought that was just too un-ethnic," says Romano. A week before the pilot taping, everybody agreed to cast the dark-haired-but-not-too-ethnic Heaton as Debra." - Entertainment Weekly - November 28, 1997
 

What # on the NY Times Best Seller List did Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine reach?

During 2 weeks of October 2002, Motherhood and Hollywood appeared twice on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best-Seller List, coming in at #15 and the following week at #28. 

What episodes were voted by fans as the top 5 fan favorite episodes?

The top 5 favorite episodes as voted by fans throughout the month of February 2005 for CBS's "Viewers Choice" episodes were:

5. Robert's Date
4. Baggage
3. The Wallpaper
2. Marie's Sculpture
1. Bad Moon Rising

Webmaster's note: I can't believe "How They Met" didn't make the Top 5!

Did the names of the twins change?

In the pilot episode, the twins were referred to as Matthew and Gregory; however from the second episode onwards it was changed to Michael and Jeffrey. Also note that in this first episode that the twins are not played by Sullivan or Sawyer Sweeten, but instead by a set of triplets.

What is the name of the dish Debra cooks in the episode "Debra Makes Something Good"?

It's an Italian dish called braciole. Note however Debra added currents instead of raisins.

Who designed the wedding/bridesmaid dresses that was worn by Monica Horan/Patricia Heaton in the episodes "The Wedding" and "Robert's Wedding"?

No information has been released regarding who designed the bridesmaid and wedding gowns that were worn by the Patricia Heaton and Monica Horan in the wedding episodes "The Wedding" and "Robert's Wedding". Click here and here for pictures of the wedding/bridesmaid dress.

There are also a few smaller pictures of the dresses in the "Everybody Loves Raymond: Our Family Album" companion book, on pages 118 and 119.

Where were the Italy episodes filmed?

The Season 5 premiere, Italy I and II, were shot in location in Anguillara, a small fisherman's village on Lake Bracciano, about 45 minutes drive NW from Rome.

What songs were played at the end of the "Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh" retrospective?

The two songs that were played towards the end of the "The Last Laugh" retrospective are "Knock Yourself Out" by Jon Brion (from the I Heart Huckabees soundtrack) and "Something to Talk About" performed by Badly Drawn Boy (from the "About a Boy" soundtrack).

What is the name of the song Debra and Frank's lodge friends sing in the episode "Debra at the Lodge"?

The song that Debra first sings at the lodge is called "Bei Mir Bist Du
Schön". In the episode they sing the lyrics:

Bei mir bist du schoen,
please let me explain
Bei mir bist du schoen
means you're grand

Bei mir bist du schoen,
again I'll explain
It means you're the fairest in the land

I could say bella, bella..

What does Cousin Gerard play on the accordion in the episode "The 10th Anniversary"?

In "10th Anniversary", Gerard played two songs - "Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple) and "Close To You" (The Carpenters)

Why does Robert touch his chin with his food every time he eats?

It's one of the many idiosyncrasies that Robert has. Watch the episode "Crazy Chin" for more details. Other quirky behavior that Robert does includes:
~ Taking off his shoes every time he counts to 12 (The Pilot)
~ Separating his "good n plenty's" into good (pink), plenty's (white) and cuties (irregulars)
~ His dollar bill can't face each other because he feels like they are kissing
~ Separate draw for his left and right socks
~ Cleaning his car keys

"In its early days, "Everybody Loves Raymond" also played up the fact that Ray Barone's brother, Robert, compulsively touched his glass or spoon to his chin before drinking or eating. His apparent OCD has since been toned down, according to Brad Garrett, who plays Robert, because star Ray Romano worried that his TV brother would come off as too "goofy." - Salt Lake Tribune  - July 26, 2002

Where do the Barones live?

Ray and Debra Barone
320 Fowler
Lynbrook
Long Island, NY

Frank and Marie Barone
319 Fowler
Lynbrook
Long Island, NY  

Although their homes are set in Lynbrook, the houses seen as those belonging to Ray and his parents in establishing shots are actually located in the town of Merrick.

Why did Ray and Debra choose to live across the street from Ray's parents?

In the flashback episode, "Why Are We Here?, when Ray and Debra found out that Debra was pregnant with twins, they decided that they needed to move out of their little apartment in Queens. Frank suggested they move into the house that was directly across the street from them. When Ray and Debra checked it out, the key selling point for Debra was the fact that her in-laws were right across the street. Ray however knew better.

What did Debra do for a living before she had the kids?

Debra was in PR and worked for the NY Rangers (Fascinatin' Debra/How They Met)
She also briefly held a job at the Charlotte Sterling Agency as a copywriter, but that only lasted one day (Working Girl)

What newspaper does Ray write a column for?

Ray is a sports columnist for New York Newsday.

What episode is the 'Fruit of the month' from?

Marie received the first batch of fruit (pears) in "The Pilot" after Ray and Debra subscribed it as a birthday gift for her. In "The Gift" Marie was still receiving the monthly instalments.

Have family members of the cast and crew appeared on the show?

Family members of the cast and crew often played minor roles on the show.

Ray Romano
His family can be seen in numerous episodes in the background:
Alexandra Romano as Molly (Cookies, Sleepover at Peggy's, Liars) and the Flower girl (The Wedding Part II)
Matthew Romano as the Lion (Fairies), and an extra on It's Supposed to be Fun
Gregory Romano as The Prince (Fairies) and an extra on It's Supposed to be Fun
Anna Romano (extra on The Angry Family, High School)

Also his brothers and Dad have been on the show:
Albert Romano Lewis (The Wedding Part II, Who am I?, The Bachelor Party, Debra at the Lodge)
Robert Romano (Super Bowl)
Richard Romano as the security guard (The Check-book, Just a Formality) and an extra on The Bachelor Party

Patricia Heaton
Her husband David Hunt played the recurring role of Bill Parker (The Sitter, Hackidu, A Vote for Debra)

Phil Rosenthal
His wife Monica Horan played the role of Amy, Robert's wife.
His father Max Rosenthal played Max in "The Skit" and appeared also in "Who am I?", "The Bachelor Party" and "Debra at the Lodge".

Sweeten children
Ally, Michael and Jeffrey Barone are played by the real life siblings of Madylin, Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten.
 

What are the characters full names?

Raymond Albert Barone
Debra Whalen Barone
Alexandra "Ally" Barone
Michael Barone
Jeffrey Barone
Robert Charles Barone
Frank Barone
Marie Barone

What is Debra's family background?

Debra grew up in Connecticut. (Snow Day)
Her parents Warren and Lois divorced
Her sister Jennifer is a nun living in Africa (The Sister)

What happened to Nemo's Pizzeria?

Nemo's the local pizzeria that the Barone's often visit - and was taken over by Marco Fogagnolo when he moved to America with his daughter Stefania (Stefania Arrives)/ It's now named Marco's All American Pizzeria. The whereabouts of Nemo remain a mystery.

What does Marie keep locked up in the top draw of her kitchen?

There are various items that Marie keeps locked up in this draw including:
Sucrets (Brother)
The letter that Debra wrote to Marie (The Letter)
Ray and Robert's childhood journals (Ray's Journal)

How can you tell the twins apart? 

Debra says that you can see the difference between the two boys around their eyes (Left Back).
Robert says there is freckle pattern (Young Girl).
Ray thinks there is an easier way - just ask them to put their hand up (Young Girl).

How many opening title sequences have there been for Everybody Loves Raymond?

6 opening credits.

Season 1 - The Pilot - Ray is putting together a cubby house for the kids. He says that he has a wife named Debra, 5 year old Ally and twin boys. "My parents live across the street. That's right, and my brother lives with them. I love my family and would do anything for them." Then he gets trapped the playhouse that he made. ("Debra! Someone call my father I am hyper-ventilating.") N.B. We do not see any other cast members in this opening sequence.

Season 1 - The Pilot onwards -  Ray is raking the leaves and the cast show up moving across a conveyor belt. "Hi, I'm Ray and I live here in Long Island with my wife Debra. She's great with the kids, the house, everything. Oh, I don't know how she does it." Debra is shown going by holding a laundry basket in one arm and talking on the phone on the other. The kids are then shown playing with their toys. "We've got a daughter Ally and twin 2 year old boys. It's not really about the kids." Marie and Frank go by. "My parents live across the street." Marie is holding a plate of food, Frank is shaving. "That's right! and my brother lives with them (Dog barking in the background). "Now not every family would go by on a conveyor belt for you, but mine would because --" Roberts goes by and finishes off his sentence "Everybody Loves Raymond" Ray: "Yeah. . . Yeah . . . Yeah!"

Season 2 Similar theme to the one described above - Ray is sitting in the lawn chair, and the cast is flying by with strings on them. Debra goes by and blows Ray a kiss. Then the kids go by, followed by Frank and Marie. Ray "Not every family would defy gravity for you but mine would because-- "Roberts walks by and mutters "Everybody loves Raymond". Ray: "Hey you didn't fly."

Season 3 - 5 - In a homage to action films like "Die Hard", we see Raymond peering through his lounge window. He sees his folks exiting their home and walking over to his house. He turns in slow motion to Debra, alerting her about his parents' impending presence. In a series of fluid cuts, Raymond and Debra roll and jump around the room, turning off lights, television sets, and sound systems, in an effort to make the house appear empty.

Tension mounts as they race to finish preparations for their ruse as Raymond's folks get closer to the front door. Raymond manages to turn off the last light, making an impressive leap and roll, and landing against the front door in the process. Suddenly, his mother's hand appears through the mail slot, patting an exhausted Raymond on the head.

Season 6 The sixth season opening title credits started with the announcement "It's another season of Everyone Loves Raymond!" in a booming voice with the family playing football, resulting in Marie losing a tooth and smiling with the "hole" in her teeth.

Season 7, 8, 9 Opening credits features clips from past seasons to the song Jungle Love (performed by the Steve Miller Band) - a song which originally featured in the episode Season 6 episode Snow Day and the  Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years special.

What's the name of Ray's preferred brand of ginger ale?

Canadian Dry Ginger Ale.

Is it true Ray Romano never liked the title of the series "Everybody Loves Raymond"?

With it's solid ratings, bushelful of Emmy nominations and critical praise, it's clear that everybody loves "Raymond" even if the star of the series has never cared much for the title. To this day, Ray Romano, for whom the sitcom was built and on whose real life is based, says he would feel uncomfortable warming garments that sport the show's logo. "I can't do that," he says. "I've come to terms with the face that I'm not going to change it, but a little of me regrets that I didn't put up more of a fuss in the beginning." Romano knew some people would turn the title into a taunt, but that didn't bother him as much as the idea that it might keep potential viewers from watching.

"I have this theory that people who don't know the show -- and maybe in year five, those people are find are find -- they still hear the title, people who don't know me or anything, and it just sounds like it's not an adult sitcom. I thought we had to fight that in the beginning and for the first couple of years". - The Hollywood Reporter Everybody Loves Raymond 100th episode Special Issue - October 9 2000

What timeslots has "Everybody Loves Raymond" appeared in?

When Everybody Loves Raymond first premiered (Sep 13, 1996), it aired on Friday nights at 8:30pm. It was thrown onto Monday nights once or twice - first in the 8:30pm timeslot. Ratings improved, and it has since moved to its current timeslot of 9:00pm.

Was Everybody Loves Raymond filmed in front of a live audience?

Everybody Loves Raymond was filmed in front of a live audience in a Warner Brothers studio lot located in Burbank, California.

What seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond are available on DVD?

DVD Release dates

The Complete 1st Season - September 14, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season - December 14, 2004
The Complete 3rd Season - May 3, 2005
The Complete 4th Season - September 13, 2005
The Complete 5th Season - December 6, 2005
The Complete 6th Season - May 9, 2006
The Complete 7th Season - September 19, 2006
The Complete 8th Season - May 8, 2007