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Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
Date of Birth Doris May Green
November 4, 1925
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Date of Death April 17, 2016 (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Character Marie Barone
First Appearance Season 1 Episode 1
"Pilot"
Number of episodes all 210 episodes

Doris Roberts (November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016), née Green, was an American character actress of film, stage, and television. She has received five Emmy Awards during her acting career, which began in 1952. She was perhaps best known for her role as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005.

Early lifeEdit

Doris May Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1925. Her mother, Ann Meltzer, who was of Russian Jewish descent,[1] raised Roberts in the New York City borough of The Bronx with the assistance of her own parents, after her husband, whose name may have been Larry Green, deserted the family.[2]

Doris' stepfather, whose surname she took as her own, was Chester H. Roberts, whose name is included with Ann and Doris Green in the 1940 census as "lodger". Chester and Ann Roberts operated the Z.L. Rosenfield Agency, a stenographic service catering to playwrights and actors.[3]

Everybody Loves RaymondEdit

Roberts achieved her widest fame for her role as the loving but sometimes meddling mom/mother-in-law Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She was reportedly one of 100 actresses considered for the role.[4] For her work on the series, she was nominated for seven Emmy Awards (and won four times) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Remington SteeleEdit

She previously won an Emmy for a guest appearance on St. Elsewhere, playing a homeless woman, and she was also nominated once for her role on Remington Steele. She was nominated for appearances on Perfect Strangers and a PBS special called The Sunset Gang. In 2003, she made a guest appearance as Gordo's grandmother in Lizzie McGuire. The same year, Roberts received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2006, she starred in Our House where she portrayed a wealthy woman who took homeless people in her house, and in the Adam Sandler-produced comedy Grandma's Boy. In 2007, she made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2008, Roberts appeared in the romantic comedy Play the Game alongsides Andy Griffith, who plays a lonely, widowed grandfather re-entering the dating world after a 60-year hiatus. She appeared in the 2009 film Aliens in the Attic, which was filmed in Auckland, New Zealand. On September 23, 2010, she played a schoolteacher in the second season premiere episode of The Middle. This appearance reunited her with Patricia Heaton, her co-star from Everybody Loves Raymond. Roberts returned in two other episodes that season, "The Math Class" and the season finale, "Back to Summer."

Personal lifeEdit

Roberts' first husband was Michael Cannata; they divorced in 1962. Their son, Michael Cannata, Jr. (born 1957) is her only child. He serves as her manager. She has three grandchildren: Kelsey, Andrew, and Devon. Her second husband was writer William Goyen. She was married to Goyen from 1963 until his death from leukemia on August 30, 1983.[5] She died on April 17, 2016.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Doris Roberts profile at Film Reference.com
  2. Doris Roberts in the News, Members.aol.com, 2008-11-06, accessed 2010-07-06.
  3. {York Times article, "Mrs. Chester Roberts", Select.nytimes.com, 1974-06-19, accessdate 2010-07-06.
  4. Larry King Live transcript, interview with Everybody Loves Raymond Cast, CNN, March 8, 2002
  5. Doris Roberts Biodata at Biography.com.

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