Doris Roberts Has Died

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:37 AM

According to a statement from the actress'south son, Michael Cannata, Roberts died late latest night, "peacefully in her sleep of natural causes." She was ninety.

Doris Roberts Has Died

"Everybody Loves Raymond" star Doris Roberts has died, a family spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

According to a statement from the actress'south son, Michael Cannata, Roberts died late latest night, "peacefully in her sleep of natural causes."

She was ninety.

Roberts was born in one thousand nine hundred twenty-fifth in St. Louis and always dreamed of being an actress. Eventually, she left NY Univ to pursue a career on Broadway.

After about two decades in the theater, however, she moved to LA to work with Lily Tomlin on her comedy special. Parts in TV shows including "Angie," "St. Elsewhere," "Remington Steele" and "Dream On" followed, as did roles in films, from "Taking of Pelham One Two Three" to "National Lampoon'south Christmas Vacation" to "Grandma's Boy." However, Roberts was most well-known for playing Marie Barone, the mother of Ray Romano'south Ray Barone, in the series "Everybody Loves Raymond."

"I believe over one hundred women read for this part. And, at that time, I was directing a play and I didn't have any time," she told Larry King in two thousand-second. "They said I'd an appointment at CBS at 3:30 on a Monday. I said, 'I can't. I've got twenty-three people and music and all.' They said, 'Yes, we talked to your producer. You're going in 3:30 on Monday afternoon.' And I did. And here I am, six years later."

Roberts was nominated for seven Emmys for the role, and won four times. Prior to that, she'd won an Emmy for playing Cora in "St. Elsewhere," and garnered nominations for her work in "Remington Steele" and "Animal Playhouse," too.

In two thousand-second, Roberts, then in her seventy, testified before Congress about ageism that she perceived in Hollywood. Such prejudice, she argued, was "the latest bastion of bigotry," and should be viewed as number different than racism, sexism or religious discrimination.

"In most cultures you’re taught to embrace getting older, with people respecting you, taking care of you, making you realize you’re loved. The worst portion of getting elderly is [finding] acceptance of it. If you falter a tiny bit, or you’re not as fast, that’s life. Why don’t you wish somebody love that in your movie?" she told Parade magazine. "Getting older is portion of life. We should be taught to embrace it, not be afraid of it."

In more recent years, Roberts continued to work in television, appearing on "Grey'south Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and alongside her "Everybody Loves Raymond" costar Patricia Heaton on her new show, "The Middle." She also co-wrote a book, "Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna," in two thousand-fifth.

Roberts, who was married twice, is survived by her son, daughter-in-law Jane, and three grandchildren, Kelsey, Andrew and Devon.

"Truly the finish of an era," said Heaton in a statement. "My wonderful TV mother-in-law ... was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was comic and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest."

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