Doris Roberts, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on the longrunning sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died April 17 in Los Angeles. She was 90.
A family spokeswoman, Janet Daily, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause.
Ms. Roberts won four Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Marie Barone on CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” receiving a total of seven nominations as best supporting actress for the sitcom.
The sitcom, which aired from 1996 to 2005, also starred Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Patricia Heaton. Peter Boyle, who played Ms. Roberts’s crotchety husband Frank Barone, died in 2006.
Boyle’s character is a Korean War veteran who is not shy about regaling others with his sexist, obnoxious commentary. He belittles his sons as “ladies” — 0ne of whom was played by Romano — and is dismissive of his wife, Marie.
When she tells Frank that she is not a trophy wife, he replies: “You’re a trophy wife? What contest in hell did I win?”
Ms. Roberts also was known for the recurring role of feisty receptionist Mildred Krebs in the 1980s TV detective series “Remington Steele.” She had supporting parts in movies including “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1974), as the wife of the beleaguered mayor amid a subway hostage standoff in “The Rose” (1979) and “Madea’s Witness Protection” (2012).
Doris May Green was born in St. Louis on Nov. 4, 1925, and grew up in Manhattan. Her mother ran a public stenography company that typed scripts for Broadway plays, and young Doris got to see dozens of productions for free. Starstruck, she decided to become an actress and adopted her stepfather’s surname as her stage name.
She had small roles on Broadway starting in the 1950s, amassing credits that eventually included Neil Simon’s “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” (1969) and Terrence McNally’s one-act double-header “Bad Habits” (1974). In early TV appearances, she was seen in episodes of “Studio One,” “Naked City” and “The Defenders.”
She almost had a TV breakthrough in the late 1970s, when she was asked to audition for the sitcom “Maude,” starring theater veteran Bea Arthur.
“We instantly went into this New York routine about a dressmaker we shared,” Ms. Roberts told the Denver Post, “and had a great time. While Bea was driving me back to my motel, she told me that I had the job. I was thrilled. Then the producer came over and said, ‘We’ve made a terrible mistake. You’re too much like a little Bea Arthur.’ So Rue McClanahan got the part.”
Ms. Roberts received her first Emmy Award in 1983, for her supporting role as a homeless woman on the series “St. Elsewhere.”
An enthusiastic cook, Ms. Roberts co-wrote “Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna,” a memoir with recipes, in 2005.
Her first marriage, to Michael E. Cannata, ended in divorce. Her second husband, William Goyen, whom she married in 1963, died in 1983. Survivors include a son from her first marriage and three grandchildren.
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