Doris Roberts, a character actress who had been successfully performing on stage and screen for years before finding a perfect role of endlessly meddling mother in the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday at the age of 90. Her role in the TV detective series Remington Steele is also one of the most significant.
Roberts died in her sleep in Los Angeles on Sunday. The cause of death hasn’t been unveiled. Phil Rosenthal, the producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond”, paid tribute to the great actress:
— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) April 18, 2016
Roberts got 4 Emmys for her ‘Marie Barone’ in the popular sitcom while had been altogether nominated for 11 Emmys. She picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere” where she played there with her longtime friend James Coco. The story says about a homeless couple who appears on the brink of devastation as Roberts’s character learns her feet must be amputated.
Talking about her popular role in “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Roberts once admitted that to create her character she combined aspects of Romano’s Italian mother and series producer Phil Rosenthal’s German-Jewish mother. “They are different rhythms, different personas. I meld them together,” she said. “This woman could be a harridan. She really is more than meddlesome. Everything she does, she does it because she wants (the other characters) to make a better life, a better home. It all comes from love. That’s why I’m very pleased and excited that I have that much of a contribution for that character that makes everyone laugh, because if you laugh at me, you can laugh at your own parents.”
The most recent appearances of Roberts included Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Witness Protection” (2012), where she played the mother of Eugene Levy’s character, family adventure comedy “Aliens in the Attic” (2009), comedies “Grandma’s Boy,” “I-See-You.Com” and “Keeping Up With the Steins” (all 2006); the romantic comedy “Play the Game”, David Spade vehicle “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” (2003), and romantic comedy “All Over the Guy” (2001).
Doris May Green was born in St. Louis on November 4, 1925. Doris’s father deserted the family when she was a kid and her mother moved to the Bronx to her own parents to raise the daughter. Later Doris took the surname of her stepfather, Chester H. Roberts. He and Doris’ mother Ann managed stenographic service the Z.L. Rosenfield Agency, which catered to playwrights and actors.
Roberts was married twice. She got divorced with her first husband Michael Emilio Cannata in 1962 after 6 years of marriage. In 1963 she got married for the second time to novelist and playwright William Goyen. Their marriage lasted till his death in 1983.
Roberts has son Michael from her first marriage and three grandchildren.