Doris Roberts, whose name is synonymous with hilarious characters and snappy comebacks, has passed away. Her most famous role is that of the meddling next door mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. According to Yahoo TV, she passed away on Sunday at the age of 90.
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Roberts won four Emmys for playing Marie Barone, the mother of Ray Romano's character in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005.
She had been playing the part since 1995 and continue to play for the nine seasons that the show ran, covering 210 episodes.
“When Peter Boyle and I met for the first time on the show it was as if we had known each other for 45 years,” she said in an interview with Parade magazine. "We got more laughs just giving each other dirty looks than anything else.”
Roberts was still working and was even scheduled to appear at an Everybody Loves Raymond reunion in June in Austin, Texas.
“Truly the end of an era,” Patricia Heaton, worked with Roberts as her daughter-in-law Debra on the show, wrote on Twitter. “My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”
Roberts created the character, who has always been regarded as one of the funniest women on television - however, she never forgot to give her a heart.
“Everything [Marie does, she does] because she want them (the other characters) to make a better life, a better home,” she said. "It all comes from love. That’s why I’m very pleased and excited that I have that much of a contribution for that character that makes everyone laugh, because if you laugh at me, you can laugh at your own parents.”
Wrote Rosenthal on Twitter: “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”
“Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me,” Romano said in a statement. “She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people.”
Some of her other famous roles included Donna Pescow’s mother on the 1979-80 ABC series Angie, Mildred Krebs on Remington Steel, as the receptionist for the detective agency run by Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, in 1983.
Her "big break" came when Lily Tomlin saw her in the play Bad Habits and brought her to The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour in 1975.
Some of her acclaimed movies include: Something Wild (1961), Barefoot in the Park (1967), The Honeymoon Killers (1969), A New Leaf (1971), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Rabbit Test (1978) and The Rose (1979).
Roberts wrote a 2005 best-seller, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs and Lasagna.
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As for her legacy, Roberts will be remembered as a real, nice person. When she was once asked why she didn't feel like celebrity, Roberts replied: “I’m not a bull artist. I tell it like it is. I’m not some celebrity thinking, 'I’m greater than anybody else.’ I’m one of the people. And they know that. It’s wonderful when they say to me, 'Thank you for the humor you’ve brought us all these years.’ I am a lucky son of a gun. I get paid for it.”