TMZ reports that Doris Roberts is now in heaven arguing with Frank Barone. Doris died yesterday in Los Angeles. She was 90.
Pretty much everybody knows Doris as being the best part of Everybody Loves Raymond, but before she played Marie Barone for all 9 seasons of the show, she was Donna Pescow and Debralee Scott’s mother in Angie. Angie only lasted from 1979 to 1980, and after it ended, she guest starred on a bunch of shows and TV movies before she joined the cast of Remington Steele as Mildred the receptionist in 1983. When that gig ended in 1987, Doris continued to work and work and work and work until she got Everybody Loves Raymond. Doris won 4 Emmys for playing Marie. The Hollywood Reporter says that Doris was supposed to reunite with the entire cast in June. Ray Romano gave this statement to Deadline about the death of his TV mom:
Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. 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 and I will miss her dearly.
Doris continued to work up until her death and IMDB tells me she has a few of movies coming out this year. Doris is survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., and her three grandchirrun.
One thing I learned today is that Doris Roberts was also a disciple of pure glamour. While going through pictures of her in photo agency databases, my retinas were slapped with picture after picture of her with hair teased to another universe, gorgeous spider lashes and an exquisitely-crafted eyebrow game. I never noticed that before.
Rest in peace, Doris Roberts. I hope she crashed through the gates of heaven like this: