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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Remembering Doris Roberts 1925 - 2016

Actress Doris Roberts, who died Sunday at age 90, was best known for her role as Marie Barone on the 1996-2005 CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, for which she won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also received an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as a homeless woman in a 1982 episode of NBC's St. Elsewhere.

After seeing Roberts on Broadway in the 1974 Terrence McNally play, Bad Habits, comedian Lily Tomlin brought the actress to Los Angeles to perform on her 1975 ABC special. Roberts soon found other television work, including roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976), Soap (1978), Angie (1979-80), Maggie (a 1981-82 ABC sitcom), Remington Steele (1983-87) and The Boys (a 1993 CBS sitcom). In 1972, she was also cast as Vivian on CBS's Maude, but when the producers thought she was too similar to Bea Arthur, she was fired and replaced by Rue McClanahan.

Roberts also appeared in such feature films as The Honeymoon Killers (1969), Little Murders (1971), A New Leaf (1971), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Hester Street (1975), Rabbit Test (1978), The Rose (1979), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), Used People (1992) and All Over the Guy (2001). And her other Broadway credits include The Desk Set (1955), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969), The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild (1972) and Cheaters (1978).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Doris Roberts' life and career.

"Side Show", an episode of the CBS dramatic anthology series, Way Out, that aired on June 30, 1961 (she enters at 8:27)

"Phyllis Whips Inflation", an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that aired on January 18, 1975 (she enters at 14:04)

"Meet the Levys", an episode of Rhoda that aired on November 15, 1976 (she enters at 12:28)

Angie (1979-80)

Remington Steele (1983-87)

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

An Archive of American Television interview on April 26, 2005


joel65913 said...

While I was never a regular Everybody Loves Raymond watcher she was wonderful in so many other things, a terrific dry humor sensibility. A long and distinguished career. This year has just been unbelievably brutal in terms of the loss of talented performers.

Rex said...

A great tribute. She gave a snarky sparkle to all her roles. Thanks!

Marc Harshbarger said...

Joel, I agree with you about this year having so many sad deaths - and it's only April!

Rex, I'm so glad you liked my tribute!