Doris Roberts, 90, “celebrated for her portrayal of a loving but meddling mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, died Sunday,” reports USA Today, adding, “Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata, confirmed the news in a statement issued Monday that says his mother ‘died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.’
The story adds that Roberts “won four Emmys for her portrayal of Marie Barone on the top-rated, long-running CBS comedy series (1996-2005). She won an Emmy earlier in her career for supporting actress for her role on NBC’s medical drama ‘St. Elsewhere.’” She was nominated for 11 Emmys.
Writes our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline, Phil Rosenthal, who created “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “loosely based the character of Raymond’s mom in the CBS sitcom on his own mother. He saw about 100 women — ‘every character actress of that certain age’ — for the role. ‘Doris hit it out of the park; there wasn’t really a close second,” Rosenthal said.
Notes USA Today, “Besides ‘Raymond,’ Roberts had memorable roles in other TV series, including ‘Remington Steele’ and ‘Angie.’ Early in her career, she appeared on such classic shows as ‘The Naked City’ and ‘Ben Casey’ and more recently she was featured in ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘The Middle.’”
To read more about Roberts, please click on the links above, which will take you to the original stories at USA Today and at Deadline.com.
Here’s a short interview that we found on YouTube that Roberts did with Carson Daly in 2014: