“Forgotten Hollywood”- Everybody Loved Doris Roberts…

Posted on April 19, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Doris Roberts, who played the sly, tart-tongued, meddling mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. She won four Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Marie Barone, and received a total of seven nods as Best Supporting Actress for the show. The sitcom, which aired from 1996 to 2005, also starred Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, and Patricia Heaton. Peter Boyle, who played husband Frank, died in 2006.

doris roberts

          DORIS ROBERTS

   She was born in 1925, and grew up in New York. Roberts’ acting career began in 1952 with a role on the television anthology Studio One. She appeared in episodes of The Naked City, Ben Casey, and The Defenders. In an interview with the Archive of American Television, Rue McClanahan confirmed that in 1972, she was approached by Norman Lear to be a late replacement for Roberts, who was originally intended for the role of Vivian in Maude. Doris was also memorable for her recurring role in the detective series Remington Steele. She additionally guest-starred in All in the FamilyBarney Miller, Full House, Soap, Alice, and Mary Hartman Mary Hartman. Her initial Emmy was for a stint on St. Elsewhere.

   On stage, she had roles in Desk Set with Shirley Booth, and Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. In cinema, she was cast in No Way to Treat a Lady, The Rose, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. More recently, Roberts appeared in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

doris   An avid cook, the actress co-wrote Are You Hungry Dear… Life Laughs and Lasagna, published by St. Martin’s Press. Roberts worked to positively impact the lives of children by supporting education organizations, and those that assist children with AIDS. An animal rights advocate, she supported Puppies Behind Bars that works with inmates, guide dogs for the physically disabled and elderly, as well as dogs for the ATF and law enforcement agencies to detect explosives. In 2005, Doris received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2011.

   Battling ageism, Doris testified before Congress. Last month, she appeared at a SAG-AFTRA event that focused on the scarcity of female directors in entertainment. The outspoken critic of age discrimination asked the panel why there were so few roles for elder actors.

   The spunky Doris Roberts was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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