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- October 11, 1999
- Vol. 52
- No. 14
Madylin Sweeten Loves Raymond but Enjoys Acting with Her Twin Brothers on the Hit Sitcom Even More
Onscreen and off, Sweeten is used to getting her way. As Ray Romano's daughter Ally on Raymond, she makes her 3'3" presence felt. "She's a lot like my own daughter Alexandra," says Romano. "She's a take-charge, make-up-the-rules kind of personality."
Sweeten has been that way since age 3, when her parents—documentary filmmaker Tim and his wife, Elizabeth, who manages Madylin's career—began entering her in beauty pageants near their Mullin, Texas, home. (They now live in L.A.) "She would win and win," says Elizabeth. "She would talk up the judges, while the other kids were pretty shy." Soon, Sweeten chatted herself into the 1996 TV movie A Promise to Carolyn, and Raymond followed later that year.
The Raymond set is more like All in the Family for Sweeten: Her twin brothers Sullivan and Sawyer, 4, play her two onscreen siblings. "I like playing make-believe," says Sweeten. "And my brothers do it with me, so it's fun. It's almost better than chocolate ice cream."
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