Doris Roberts Dead at 90

 

 

“Everybody Loves Raymond” star died in Los Angeles overnight on Sunday in her sleep.

She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of them for ‘Raymond.’ She’s also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Grandma’s Boy.”

She’s lived with her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris’ second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.

Her on-screen son Ray Romano paid tribute saying she “had an energy and a spirit that amazed me”.

“She never stopped,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”

Patricia Heaton, who played Marie’s daughter-in-law Debra, said it was “truly the end of an era”.

“My wonderful TV mother-in-law and (Everbody Loves Raymond) nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much,” she said.

“She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. It was truly a privilege.”

Brad Garrett, Roberts’ other on-screen son, added he was “deeply saddened” and paid tribute to “an amazing lady and brilliant actor”.

“Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humour, talent and heart.”

Roberts’ TV career spanned the history of the medium. Her first credit on IMDB was on “Starlight Theater” in 1951, and there are no fewer than four projects she appeared in just recently that are slated for release this year. During her career she appeared on such shows as “Remington Steele,” “Soap,” “Dream On” and “St. Elsewhere,” the show that won her her first and only non-“Raymond” Emmy.

In 2003, Roberts appeared on TODAY and told Al Roker that her “Raymond” character, Marie Barone, was immediately identifiable for audiences. “They can laugh at me, and if you can laugh at me and the things that I do on that show, you can laugh at your own parents,” she said.

In addition to her TV career, Roberts had an equally long-lasting love affair with the stage, appearing on Broadway in 1955 in “The Time of Your Life” and other productions through the 1970s. As she told Roker, she almost didn’t audition for “Raymond” because at the time she was directing a play.