Our hearts are broken that Doris Roberts passed away on April 17 at age 90. The prolific actress was famous for her role as Ray’s mother Marie Barone in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, but there’s so much more to know about this amazing woman! Learn 5 cool things about her, right here.
We’re so sad to have to say goodbye to Doris Roberts on April 17, but at least the prolific actress left a legacy behind for all of us to enjoy. We loved watching her play Ray’s mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, but there’s so much more you may not have known about her! Here are five interesting facts to honor her life.
1. She’s been an actress for over 60 years. “Ms. Roberts’ acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One,” said her obituary, shared with HollywoodLife.com by her rep. “She appeared in episodes of The Naked City, Ben Casey, and The Defenders. In 1961, she made her film debut in Something Wild.” Maybe that’s why she’s a household name!
2. She testified before Congress to bring attention to ageism in Hollywood. In 2014, Doris explained her stance to Parade. “In most cultures you’re taught to embrace getting older, with people respecting you, taking care of you, making you understand you’re loved. The worst part of getting old is (finding) acceptance of it. If you stumble a little bit, or you’re not as fast, that’s life. Why don’t you want somebody like that in your movie? Getting older is part of life. We should be taught to embrace it, not be afraid of it.”
3. She’s the proud owner of 5 Primetime Emmy Awards. Four of them were of course for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy in Everybody Loves Raymond, and the last was for a drama called St. Elsewhere in 1982. She was nominated another 6 times for various projects.
4. She loved animals. She worked with the charity Puppies Behind Bars, which helped inmates in prison train guide dogs for the disabled. On top of animals, she was also a chairwoman for the Children with AIDS foundation. What a sweetie!
5. You can still see her in movies. Doris has four projects slated to come out after her passing. The Red Maple Leaf, Old Soldiers, The Escort and Adam Astra Casting are all coming out in 2016. We can’t believe she was sharing her talent with the world into her 90s, but we’re so glad she left something behind for us.
HollywoodLifers – what was your favorite movie or show that Doris was in? Share your thoughts with us!