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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
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By Amber Ryland


The Middle star Patricia Heaton recently told Dish Nation she’s dying for a role on AMC’s The Walking Dead and fancies herself taking on a character like Danai Gurira’s Michonne.

“I would really like to be on Walking Dead in some capacity, it’s my favorite,” Heaton told Dish Nation at the International Myeloma Foundation’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 8.

“I’d like to be the white Michonne. I would really like to swing that machete around,” she said, adding that Michonne is her black doppelgänger. “Absolutely. She wears a wig too, by the way!”

Heaton told Dish a perk of starring on The Middle is that she saved time every day in hair and makeup because they put her character Frankie Heck in a wig.

“Frankie’s clothes are all from JC Penny and that wig just doesn’t quit so, I like to come out to these things occasionally just to kind of do a different vibe than Frankie had, as much as I love her,” she dished.

Heaton was just one of the former stars of Everybody Loves Raymond who came out to support late star Peter Boyle, including his TV wife, Doris Roberts, who shared a special story about Boyle with Dish.

“He told me he was ill and he said, ‘Should I tell them?’ and I said no, because you will be treated like a dying man and that’s not who you are, and he lived three more years after that,” she reminisced. Boyle died in 2006 at the age of 71 after losing his battle with multiple myeloma and heart disease.

Having been in the entertainment industry for more than 60 years, Roberts, 89, told Dish her final bucket list wish: An Academy Award.

“I’ve got five Emmys and 13 nominations. The American Comedy Award, the AFI Award, the SAG Award,” she humbly noted.

“We can go on for a long time, so the only way to go is up and that’s the Oscar.”

And having been done taping Everybody Loves Raymond for nine years now, Roberts admits she kept a special memory from the set.

“Do you know what I have at home in my living room? I did a sculpture on the show, do you remember that at all? Well it was a vagina,” she dished. “I took that home from the show.”

So it sits in her living room and she says, “I look at it.”

Heaton gushed about Boyle, and singled out former co-star Brad Garrett as one of the funniest people they’ve ever worked with.

“Peter Boyle was such a dear person and a sweetheart…he was just an icon and it was an honor to be able to work with him,” Heaton said.

“And to be here eight years in a row… His wife has been putting this together and they have made great leaps in finding a cure for this myeloma cancer and so I think Peter is up there smiling down on everything that’s being done in his name.”

Heaton gave a shout-out to Garrett saying, “This isn’t to say anybody I don’t mention isn’t funny, but its hard to top Brad Garrett,” she said.

“Brad Garrett is non-stop and most of it is non-printable but its hilarious.”

Ray Romano hosted the event which also supported the Black Swan Research Initiative and Danny DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman, Howard Hessman, Alex Meneses and Laraine Newman also attended.

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