"The really important things in life are your family and
friends. And what will people say about you at your funeraló
that you won an Emmy once, or that you were a good person,
kind and generous? Well, as for me, I hope it's the latter.
And the fact that I recently commissioned an Emmy-shaped
coffin just eliminates the need for anyone to bring it up."
Everybody knows that Patricia Heaton plays the hilarious,
wise, and tempestuous married-with-kids everywoman on
Everybody Loves Raymond. What they might not know is that
in real life she is married, has four boys under eight
years old, and is just as funny offscreen as on.
Motherhood and Hollywood is Patricia Heaton's humorous and
poignant collection of essays on life, love, marriage,
child-rearing, show business, having parents, being a
parent, spousal rage, surviving fame, success, and the
shame of underarm flab. She is warm, witty, and
Heaton grew up in suburban Cleveland, one of five children
of devout Roman Catholic parents. Her father was a noted
sportswriter for The Plain Dealer; her mother died suddenly
and unexpectedly when Heaton was twelve. Love, fast food,
and an unflagging sense of humor held the clan together and
propelled Patricia on a showbiz career that began with
hilariously nightmarish struggles in New York, eventually
leading to a triumphant move to Los Angeles.
In Motherhood and Hollywood, Patricia Heaton pours out her
heart and minces no words. She's taking all prisoners for
cookies and a glass of Jack Daniel's and diet ginger ale.