After Success On "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle," Does Patricia Heaton Plan On Retiring?

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Whenever Patricia Heaton visits our show, she's full of surprises! (Flashback to the time that she surprised Rach with an ALPACA named Twist.)

Let's take a moment to remember how adorable Twist is!

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Well, during her most recent visit, Patricia surprised us with a fun fact!

The comedic actress says she’s never turned down an acting role -- because she insists she’s only really gotten two major job offers during her 30 years in Hollywood.

Shocker, right?!

"I know two casting directors in town," she says with a laugh. "I’ve been in town for 30 years [and] I know two people."

The two jobs she’s referring to -- as you can probably guess -- include her role as Debra Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and Frankie Heck on "The Middle," which is currently in its farewell season.

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And it’s no wonder that she’s only had two big offers. Both of her shows were long-running successes, providing her with steady, consistent work!

"My producer informed me there [are] only 15 shows [in the history of TV comedy] that have gone 200 or more [episodes]," the actress explains. "And I’ve been in two of them!"

What a feat! And if you think she plans on hanging her hat anytime soon, think again.

"I'm not [going to] retire! I’m going to croak right at this table," she jokes, referring to Rach’s kitchen table!

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In fact, the busy mom of four has various side projects going on, too!

Not only does she have a cookbook on the horizon, but she also recently designed a bracelet as part of her amazing work with World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization.

"There [are] 20 artisan women in India who make [the bracelet] who are now employed because of it," Patricia explains.

Amazing! And you can be a part of the incredible initiative, too.

If you contribute $100 to World Vision -- to the "Where It’s Most Needed" category -- you’ll receive a bracelet as a sign of appreciation!

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