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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 November 1925St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 17 April 2016Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameDoris May Green
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green. She was raised in New York, and took her stepfather's surname. Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often too savvy of the ways of the world to be fooled by anyone. Roberts built up some face recognition with regular appearances in the sitcoms "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and "Angie" (ABC, 1979-1980) but truly came into her own as a widely known comedienne in 1995 when she was cast as the meddling, strong-willed family matriarch on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). The show became of the best-loved sitcoms in history, and Roberts earned seven Emmy nominations and four wins for her colorful characterization. Well past the common age of retirement and well past the show's celebrated end, Roberts maintained a reputation as one of the big and small screen's most iconic mothers, and she continued to be a welcome sight as a television guest star and film player.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

William Goyen (10 November 1963 - 30 August 1983) (his death)
Michael Emilio Cannata (1956 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Husky resonant voice.
Frequently plays motherly roles
Short stature

Trivia (59)

Doris's son, Michael Cannata, was her manager.
She resided in a home once rented by James Dean.
She beat out 100 other actresses for her role of Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
When she was a child, Doris's father abandoned her and her mother, which forced her mother Ann to single-handedly raise Doris on her own.
She guest-starred in the situation comedy episode, The King of Queens: Rayny Day (1999), as Marie Barone, her character from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
She played Charles Grodin's mother in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), although she was only 10 years older than he was.
Attended the opening night screening of Verso la luna con Fellini (2006) at the 2006 Beverly Hills Film Festival, where Mikhail Vartanov and Dominique Swain were also present.
Had one son: Michael Cannata (born 1957). Had three grandchildren: Kelsey Cannata, Andrew Cannata and Devon Cannata.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Best known by the public for her roles as Mildred Krebs on Remington Steele (1982) and as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
She appeared in one of the final episodes of Desperate Housewives (2004).
She appeared in every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
She was originally cast as Vivian Harmon on Maude (1972), but the producers thought she was too much like main star Bea Arthur. After shooting the pilot, she was replaced by Rue McClanahan.
Acting mentor and friends with Ray Romano.
Was a celebrity spokesperson for Glade Products.
Had suffered back problems and broke her herniated disc during filming of Remington Steele (1982).
Her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Ray Romano, along with herself are both benefitting the Peter Boyle Research Fund, to honor Boyle, who died of multiple myeloma on December 12, 2006.
Was reunited with Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Patricia Heaton, in three different episodes of The Middle (2009).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 10, 2003.
Was the producers' first choice for the older lead role of Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). At first, she turned down the role due to her busy schedule of the stage, but had no way out with this.
Just before her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Peter Boyle's death, they were both spokespeople for Alka-Seltzer's 75th Anniversary, where Boyle reprised the famous line, "I can't believe I ate that whole thing!".
Began acting as a child.
Her acting mentor was the late Shirley Booth.
Moved to South Bronx, New York, with her mother, in 1935.
She testified before a U.S. Congressional panel how the entertainment industry has made aging a detriment to hiring on September 4, 2002.
She was active in an organization called the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7, 2011.
Her stepfather, whose surname she took as her own, was Chester H. Roberts, whose name is included with Ann and Doris Green in the 1940 census as "lodger". Chester and Ann Roberts operated the Z.L. Rosenfield Agency, a stenographic service catering to playwrights and actors.
Her parents were both from Jewish immigrant families (from Russia). Her father was related to vaudeville performer Henry Lewis.
She served as honorary event vice-chair for one of the organization's three large-scale annual fundraisers, Dream Halloween L.A., since 1991.
Attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York.
Was pranked on an episode of Candid Camera (1998). Also pranked in the same episode was her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Ray Romano.
Between 1983 and 2004, she received 11 Emmy Award nominations. She won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in either a Drama or Comedy series.
She won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for the Off-Broadway play, "Bad Habits".
Was best friends with James Coco for 16 years until his death in 1987. Together, they both appeared five times in production of movies and/or series: A New Leaf (1971), Such Good Friends (1971), The Diary of Anne Frank (1980), St. Elsewhere (1982) and Hot Potato (1984).
Her favorite movie role was Hester Street (1975), a film about turn of the century Russian-Jewish immigrants.
Attended and graduated from New York University where she majored in journalism.
She was an acclaimed Broadway actress.
Attended and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York City (1942).
She was the founder of the Doris Roberts-William Goyen Fellowship in Fiction through the Christopher Isherwood Foundation in 2001. The monetary award is given annually and intended to support writers who have published at least one book of fiction, either a novel or a collection of stories.
A dog lover and an animal activist.
Her husband William Goyen was originally from Texas.
Her hobbies are traveling, philanthropy, collecting wine, dancing, singing and cooking.
Her son Michael Cannata was named after his father, who was her first husband.
Her mother, Ann Metzer, remarried Bob Roberts in 1938.
Her second husband wrote stage plays.
Her favorite movie is Gone with the Wind (1939).
With the encouragement of Lily Tomlin, she moved to Los Angeles, California to become an actress (1973).
She played the wife of Peter Boyle on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). On the sitcom, their characters were supposed to be the same age. In real-life, Roberts was 10 years older than Boyle.
Her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Ray Romano's real-life father had a birthday, three days after hers. He passed away in 2010, and Roberts, six years later in 2016.
Before her death, her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Ray Romano, used to attend her Christmas parties, annually.
Doris Roberts passed away on April 17, 2016, at age 90, the same week wrestler Chyna and singer Prince both died.
Was physically healthy and physically active, until her death at age 90.
Like her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Ray Romano, Roberts was also raised in New York City.
She played Billy Crystal's mother in three television series and movies: Faerie Tale Theatre (1982) episode "The Three Little Pigs", Rabbit Test (1978) and My Giant (1998).
Passed away on April 17, 2016, exactly one year after the death of her Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star Sawyer Sweeten, who died on April 23, 2015.
Following her death, she was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (4)

A senator in Washington the other day said, "We need you. We need that voice." Well, between working on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) and writing a book, I have very little time.
By the time you're 40, the kids are grown, out of the house or on their way out, and you have your whole life again.
Everything in life comes to an end. I've known loss. I've lost my husband, I've lost friends. When my husband died, I was devastated.
Everybody is a teacher if you listen.

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