Doris Roberts, Mother on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90


4:12 PM PDT 4/18/2016 by Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter


The five-time Emmy-winning actress reportedly died Sunday in Los Angeles.


Doris Roberts, who delighted audiences as the meddling mother next door on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died, TMZ reports. She was 90.

Roberts won Emmys for best supporting actress in a comedy for playing Marie Barone, the mother of Ray Romano’s sportswriter character, in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. She had won another Emmy in 1983 for a stint on St. Elsewhere.

In 1995, Roberts landed the part of Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing Ray’s mom and the husband of the cranky Frank (Peter Boyle). She was with the hit CBS sitcom for every one of the show’s nine seasons, covering 210 episodes.

“When Peter Boyle and I met for the first time on the show it was as if we had known each other for 45 years,” she said in a 2014 interview with Parade magazine. “We got more laughs just giving each other dirty looks than anything else.”

She was scheduled to appear at an Everybody Loves Raymond reunion in June in Austin, Texas.

“Truly the end of an era,” Patrica Heaton, who did battle with Roberts as the daughter-in-law Debra on the show, wrote on Twitter. “My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”

Roberts excelled in motherly roles throughout her career. She played Donna Pescow’s mother on the 1979-80 ABC series Angie, created by Garry Marshall, and joined NBC’s Remington Steele as Mildred Krebs, the receptionist for the detective agency run by Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, in 1983. She stayed with the show through 1987.

A native of St. Louis who was raised in the Bronx after her father left the family when she was 10, Roberts made her Broadway debut in 1955 in The Time of Your Life, written by William Saroyan, and also appeared in The Desk Set that year.

She left New York when Lily Tomlin saw her in the Terrence McNally play Bad Habits and brought her to California to do ABC’s The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour in 1975.



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