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Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts is an American actress, perhaps best known for playing Marie Barone on 
Everybody Loves Raymond. She joined us on Juine 17, 2009 to talk about her current play.

TV and film career

Roberts's acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One. She 
also appeared on such programs as The Naked City (1958-63), Way Out (1961), Ben 
Casey (1963), and The Defenders (1962 - 1963). In 1961, she made her film debut 
in Something Wild (1961) starring Carroll Baker. In 1968, she appeared in A Lovely 
Way to Die and No Way to Treat a Lady.

She also appeared in the 1970 cult film The Honeymoon Killers starring Shirley 
Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco. In 1971, Roberts appeared in three films, Otto Preminger's 
Such Good Friends, Alan Arkin's Little Murders, and Elaine May's A New Leaf. She 
acted in a Walter Matthau vehicle again in 1974's urban thriller The Taking of 
Pelham One Two Three. In 1978, she starred in a film about John F. Kennedy's 
assassination, Ruby and Oswald, in which she played Jack Ruby's sister. She also 
appeared very briefly in The Rose, as the mother of the title character (played by 
Bette Midler).

Since then, she has usually been cast as a mother or mother-in-law. An example of 
this was when she played newsstand owner, Theresa Falco, mother of Donna Pescow on 
Angie. After Angie was cancelled, she appeared as Mildred Krebs on Remington Steele, 
which starred Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist. After that show's cancellation, 
she starred in the TV movie remake of If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium 
(1987) and the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) with Chevy Chase and 
Beverly D'Angelo. She also appeared on Alice, playing the mother of the title 
character (played by former Broadway co-star Linda Lavin), the wife of a man who 
secretly went to a sex surrogate on Barney Miller, as well as Danny Tanner's mother 
on Full House. She played mother Flo Flotsky on four episodes of Soap, and she was 
lonely Aunt Edna on the ABC sitcom Step by Step.

Roberts has become especially well known and achieved national fame for her role 
as the nosy, insufferable, manipulative Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. 
She reportedly beat 100 other actresses for the role. For her work on the series, 
she has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards (and won four times) for Outstanding 
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won an Emmy for a guest role on St. 
Elsewhere as a homeless woman, and she was nominated once for her role on Remington 
Steele. She was also nominated for appearances on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers 
and a PBS special called The Sunset Gang. In 2003, she made a guest appearance as 
Gordo's grandmother in the Disney series, Lizzie McGuire. The same year, Roberts 
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2006, Roberts starred in the Adam Sandler-produced comedy Grandma's Boy alongside 
such other veteran actresses as Shirley Jones and Shirley Knight. In 2007, she made 
a guest appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2008, Roberts will appear in the romantic comedy Play the Game alongside Andy 
Griffith, who plays a lonely, widowed grandfather re-entering the dating world 
after a 60 year hiatus.

She will be in the upcoming movie Aliens in the Attic, which is being filmed 
in Auckland, New Zealand.

Stage career

Roberts' stage career began in the 1950s on Broadway. Roberts has appeared in 
numerous Broadway shows including the original productions of The Desk Set with 
Shirley Booth, Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers with James Coco and 
Linda Lavin as well as Terrence McNally's Bad Habits. She is in town appearing 
in "Unusual Acts of Devotion" at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Personal life

Roberts' first husband was Michael Cannata; they divorced in 1962. Their son, 
Michael Cannata, Jr. is Roberts' manager, and is the father of her three 
grandchildren: Kelsey, Andrew, and Devon. Her second husband was writer William 
Goyen. She was married to Goyen from 1963 until his death from leukemia on 
August 30, 1983 in Los Angeles.

On September 4, 2002, she testified before a U.S. Congressional panel that age 
discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood, advocating that such discrimination be 
treated on par with biases against race and gender.

An avid cook, she wrote a book in 2005 titled Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, 
and Lasagna, written with Danelle Morton and published by St. Martin's Press. She 
says of her book, "It's about sharing things I’ve learned that have changed my 
life". In May 2005, she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the 
University of South Carolina.

An animal lover and advocate, she has worked with the group Puppies Behind Bars 
which works with inmates in training guide dogs and assistance dogs for the 
physically disabled and elderly, as well as dogs trained in explosives detection 
to be used by the ATF and other law enforcement agencies. She also is active with 
the Children with AIDS Foundation, of which she has served as the chairwoman.

She currently lives in Los Angeles in a house once owned by screen legend James Dean.

Emmy Awards

* 1983 — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series — St. Elsewhere
* 2001 — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Everybody Loves Raymond
* 2002 — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Everybody Loves Raymond
* 2003 — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Everybody Loves Raymond
* 2005 — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Everybody Loves Raymond

*(information from Wikipedia)

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