Doris Roberts dead at 90

Everybody Loves Raymond star Doris Roberts has died.
The 90-year-old actress, who also featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, passed away on Sunday (17Apr16).
Doris won five Emmy awards.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Roberts majored in journalism at New York University and studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York. She spent 20 years on Broadway before making her mark on the big and small screens in the 1960s.
Her credits also included beloved TV series Angie, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Remington Steele, and SOAP, but she will be forever remembered as Ray Romano’s meddling mum in Everybody Loves Raymond.
She portrayed Marie Barone on the TV comedy from 1996 to 2005. She also portrayed the magical Mrs. Miracle in two holiday TV movies.
Her film credits included Grandma’s Boy, Keeping Up With the Steins, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
Doris currently has two movies in post-production – The Red Maple Leaf and Old Soldiers.
She was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Ray paid tribute to his onscreen mum in a statement which reads: “Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people.”
Brad Garrett, who played Doris’ other son, also said in a statement, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor. Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart.”
Patricia Heaton, who portrayed Ray’s wife, took to Twitter to share her condolences and wrote, “To my beloved Marie – RIP. Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR (Everybody Loves Raymond) nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I loved so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy than her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.”
The show’s creator Phil Rosenthal also tweeted, “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.” And executives at America’s Hallmark – the channel behind her Mrs. Miracle movies, added, “#DorisRoberts will always be Mrs. Miracle.”
Other early tributes came from actor/singer Robert Davi, Denis Leary and Marlee Matlin.

by WENN

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