Edit
Doris Roberts Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (2) | Trade Mark (3) | Trivia (55) | Personal Quotes (4)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 November 1925St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameDoris May Green
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Doris 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 E. Cannata (1956 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Husky resonant voice.
Frequently plays motherly roles
Short stature

Trivia (55)

Born in St. Louis to a father whose name she has never revealed and her mother, Ann Meltzer.
She lives 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).
Doris's son, Michael Cannata, is her manager. He has three children.
When she was little, 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 The King of Queens (1998) episode, The King of Queens: Rayny Day (1999), as "Marie Barone", her character from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Played Charles Grodin's mother in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), although she is only 5 years older than he is.
Attended the opening night screening of Towards the Moon with Fellini (2006) at the 2006 Beverly Hills Film Festival, where Mikhail Vartanov and Dominique Swain were also present.
Has a son, Michael Cannata (born 1957).
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in 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 was originally cast as Vivian in Maude, but the producers thought she was too much like the main star Bea Arthur. After shooting the pilot, she was replaced with Rue McClanahan.
Acting mentor and friend of Ray Romano.
Appeared in every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Was a spokesperson for Glade Products.
Had suffered back problems and broke her herniated disc during filming of Remington Steele (1982).
Her ex-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 in 2006.
Was reunited with ex-Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) co-star, Patricia Heaton, in 3 different episodes of The Middle (2009).
Longtime friend of Bea Arthur.
Was the producers' first choice for the older lead role of Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). At first, she turned it down, due to her busy schedule of the stage, but had no way out with it.
Just before her ex-Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)'s co-star's, 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.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd for Television.
Grandmother of Kelsey, Andrew, and Devon.
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. [4 September 2002].
Is active in an organization called the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
Was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. [7 May 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.
Of Russian descent by her mother.
She serves 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 nominations. She won 5 Emmies for Outstanding Supporting Actress in either a Drama or Comedy series.
Won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for the Off-Broadway play, 'Bad Habits.'.
Majored in journalism at New York University.
Was best friends, for 16 years, with James Coco until his death in 1987. Together, they both appeared 5 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.
A dog lover.
She was an acclaimed Broadway actress.
Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York City, New York, at age 16.
Is 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.
An animal activist.
Her husband William Goyen was originally from Texas.
Her hobbies are traveling, philanthropy, collecting wine, dancing, singing and cooking.
Her sculpture was featured on a beloved episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) where her character makes a sculpture that she believed looks like a bird or a sailboat, but it really looks like female genitalia. She tried to donate it to some nuns, but they didn't want it.
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.
While working on 'It's a Wonderful Life,' her son, Michael Cannata was involved in a skiing accident.
Her favorite movie is Gone with the Wind (1939).
With the encouragement of Lily Tomlin, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1973, to become an actress.

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.
Everybody's a teacher if you listen.
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.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page