Monica Horan is a veteran American actress, who is best known for her beloved TV character Amy MacDougall-Barone on the hit TV comedy sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.
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Early life and family
Monica Louise Horan was born on January 29, 1963 in Darby, Pennsylvania, USA, to parents Robert J. Horan and Selma Spencer, who worked as bailiffs and Register of Wills clerks, respectively. She is a middle child who grew up in a Catholic family with older brother Stephen and younger sister Jennifer.
Because she was raised Catholic, Monica was sent to a girls’ school for most of her primary and secondary school. She graduated from Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School for Girls in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1980. She was then admitted to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts.
After college, Monica chose to move to New York permanently to pursue her acting dreams on Broadway. Her father was ambivalent about it at first, but eventually supported her decision, albeit reluctantly. She was able to land a part and perform in smaller audience plays known as off-off Broadway theater.
She did this for quite some time when she worked as a sales agent for a telephone company called Telecharge to pay the bills. A string of TV appearances followed from 1990 to 1996 in various shows, such as “LA Law” with Harry Hamlin, “In Living Color” created by Keenan Ivory Wayans, “Coach” and “In the House” with LL Cool J and Debby Allen .
Monica made it big when she landed a role in the TV sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 1997. Her debut was in Episode 14 of Season 1 as Amy McDougall, the girlfriend and later wife of Raymond’s older brother, Robert Barone, played by Brad Garett. In the beginning, she was only a recurring role for the first seven seasons, but was promoted as a main cast in seasons 8 and 9.
Monica worked a total of 66 episodes on the show. “Everybody Loves Raymond” remained on the air from 1996 to 2005 with 210 episodes over nine seasons. It was ranked by TV Guide’s as the 60e best series of all time, as the Writers Guild of America placed the show at the 63rd for the best-written television series of all time. After her stint on the TV sitcom, she went on to make more TV appearances and one of the most notable was her role as Kieran Cannistra in one of the longest daytime drama series, ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’. It was a recurring role for only six episodes, but took place over the four-year span of 2016-2019. She was nominated for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series at Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2017, she had a TV reunion with another “Everybody Loves Raymond” cast member, Patricia Heaton.
She appeared in an episode of Heaton’s new sitcom called “The Middle”, airing on ABC. She was last seen in 2019 when she decided to be a guest in another comedy drama series called “Better Things” airing on FX TV channel.
Monica was married to Philip Rosenthal on April 22, 1990 and had two children named Ben and Lily. They met in college when they were both studying at Hofran University. He was clearly attracted to her early on, but since he was four years older than her, Philip decided to let her graduate first. However, it took a few more years after her graduation before he asked for a date. It’s no surprise to their friends that they clicked because they share similar interests. When they decided to get married, Philip’s grandmother objected to the union.
Philip Rosenthal and wife Monica Horan from “Everybody Loves Raymond”
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The grandmother did not even want to meet Monica because of her religious beliefs. His family is Jewish and descendants of Holocaust survivors. It would be unthinkable for Philip’s family if his wife did not share the same beliefs. The Catholic raised Monica then decided to convert to Judaism. The transition was not difficult as at the age of 13 she discovered that her biological grandfather was Jewish on her mother’s side.
From then on she had a very good relationship with his family. In fact, she called her husband’s parents her friends. In 2020, the couple will celebrate their 30e anniversary as husband and wife. They currently live with both of their children in Burbank, Los Angeles County in Southern California.
Who is Philip Rosenthal?
Philip is an American television actor, writer, director and producer. He was born on January 27, 1960 in Queens, New York, but grew up in New City, Rockland County, New York. He graduated from Clarkstown North High School and graduated from Hofstra University in 1981.
He started out as an actor after college, but immediately shifted his focus to the production side of filming. He wrote and developed new concepts for TV with programs such as ‘Coach’, ‘Baby Talk’, ‘Somebody Feed Phil’, ‘Exporting Raymond’ and many more. Philip was also responsible for former President Bill Clinton’s Dinner video in 2000.
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— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) March 31, 2020
He received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing and won a Peabody award for an American 9/11 telethon called “Tribute to Heroes,” which he co-wrote and aired live on all four major television networks. His most notable achievement and highest earner was the TV sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” in which he was the creator, writer, and executive producer for all nine seasons. The show won 15 awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and received a total of 98 nominations from Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Satellite Awards, American Film Institute, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Monica and her boyfriend Kevin Kane started the Flourish Foundation, where they want to support arts education in schools.
She later co-founded the Rosenthal Family Foundation with her husband, in which they help by providing funds to support arts education with various organizations such as UCLA Foundation, The Students First Foundation, Homeboy Industries and their alma mater Hofstra University. This is their way of giving back to the community by assisting the less privileged in pursuing their aspirations in the arts. The Rosenthal Family Foundation also contributes to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and provides funding to Temple Israel of Hollywood and Chabad of Greater Los Feliz synagogues.
Monica is an active supporter of the Democratic Party. She and her husband donated $1 million to Barack and Michelle’s nonprofit, the Obama Foundation. They co-hosted a Democratic fundraiser in 2014 with Michelle Obama at their home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park.
Tickets for various events ranged from $1,000 to 32,400.
From her recent Instagram post, she looked exactly like the first time she appeared in “Everybody Loves Raymond;” it seemed like she never gets older. She is 1.68 m tall and weighs about 58 kg. She has blond hair and blue eyes.
Sources estimate her net worth at around $10 million in early 2020, and when combined with his husband’s $200 million, they can both continue to support their charities without sacrificing the family’s financial stability.