Roberts, the Emmy Award-winning actress known
best for her performance as Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," died on
April 17th, 2016 at the age of 90.
Doris May Green Nov. 4, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, Roberts took her
stepfather's name, which became her professional name. Roberts took drama
lessons when she was young, working odd jobs to raise money for
earliest roles were small, with many years of paying her dues before achieving
success. She appeared on episodes of TV shows including "Studio One" and "Ben
Casey." She played small roles on Broadway and
in movies such as "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three." After beginning her
professional acting career in the early 1950s, decades would pass before she had
a regular, notable role.
began to make waves on the short-lived sitcom "Angie," which ran from February
1979 to October 1980. She played the main character's mother, and though the
show was an early ratings hit, it suffered in the wake of a time-slot shift and
the marriage of the main character and her boyfriend. After its cancellation,
Roberts played more small roles before moving on to the popular dramedy
"Remington Steele," joining the cast in its second season.
was in 1996 that Roberts took the role that would become her signature – Marie
Barone, who was, like her "Angie" character, the mother of the title character,
on the hit sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond." She appeared in all of the show's
210 episodes over nine seasons, the only star other than lead actor Ray Romano
to do so. Playing the interfering mother-in-law to perfection, Roberts won four
Emmy awards, an American Comedy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and
addition to her acting career, Roberts wrote the autobiography "Are You Hungry,
Dear? Life, Laughs and Lasagna," and in 2002, she testified before Congress
about the prevalence of age discrimination in Hollywood. She supported animal
welfare organizations such as Puppies Behind Bars, and she served as chairwoman
of the Children with AIDS Foundation. She was preceded in death by her second
husband, William Goyen, in 1983. She is survived by her son from her first
marriage, Michael Cannata Jr.