Everybody Loves Raymond Star Doris Roberts Dead at 90

Roberts won 5 Emmys in wide-ranging career
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2016 6:40 PM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2016 7:15 PM CDT
Everybody Loves Raymond Star Doris Roberts Dead at 90
Doris Roberts arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Doris Roberts, who played the much-loved mother on Everybody Loves Raymond and enjoyed a diverse career for more than 60 years, died Sunday in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. She was 90 years old. The winner of five Emmys (four on Raymond and one on St. Elsewhere), Roberts acted in an eye-popping range of plays, TV shows, and films, and wrote a best-selling 2005 memoir that mixed anecdotes and recipes, per the Hollywood Reporter. "Truly the end of an era," tweeted Patrica Heaton, who acted alongside Roberts on Raymond. "[Roberts] was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest." The St. Louis native made her mark on Broadway in the 1950s and went on to act in several films, including Something Wild (1961), Barefoot in the Park (1967), and The Heartbreak Kid (1972).

She made her move from New York to Hollywood for The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour in 1975 and enjoyed guest parts on classic 1970s shows like Mary Tyler Moore and All in the Family, reports Variety. She also had a story arc on Soap in 1978 and played the role detective-agency receptionist on Remington Steele from 1983 to 1987. She landed the role of Marie Barone on Raymond in 1995 and stayed for all 210 episodes of the show's nine hit seasons. "I'm not a bull artist," she said in explaining her success. "I tell it like it is. I'm not some celebrity thinking, 'I'm greater than anybody else.' I'm one of the people. And they know that. ... I am a lucky son of a gun. I get paid for it." Married twice, she is survived by her son and manager Michael Cannata Jr. (More actress stories.)

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