Actress Doris Roberts, best known for playing the title character's mother in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away last night at the age of 90. The actress' son, Michael Canata, confirmed to Deadline that she died in her sleep last night from natural causes. Here's what the actress' Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Ray Romano had to say in a statement about her passing.
"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 Roberts was born November 4, 1925 to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green in St. Louis, Missouri, whose legendary career spanned over seven decades. She started acting in the early 1950s, appearing in guest starring roles in Starlight Theatre, Studio One and 'Way Out. She appeared in several films throughout the 1960s and 1970s such as Something Wild, The Honeymoon Killers and The Heartbreak Kid, before landing bigger roles in TV shows such as Theresa Falco in Angie and Mildred Krebs in Remington Steele, the latter of which landed her first Emmy Award nomination.
She continued to work steadily throughout the 1980s and 1990s until she landed the iconic role of Marie Barone in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The series ran nine seasons from 1996 to 2005, where she won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and seven nominations. She was also nominated three times for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards. Even while working on Everybody Loves Raymond, she continued to guest star on other shows and appear in movies such as My Giant, All Over the Guy and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
After Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 2005, she went on to star in movies such as Grandma's Boy, Keeping Up with the Steins, Play the Game, Aliens in the Attic, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and many more. She also guest starred on shows such as The Middle, Hot in Cleveland and Melissa & Joey in more recent years. She currently has movies such as JOB's Daughter, Old Soldiers and The Red Maple Leaf in various stages of production.
She also appeared in a number of Broadway plays such as The Desk Set, Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Terrence McNally's Bad Habits and, most recently, McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion at the LaJolla Playhouse in June 2009. She also appeared in this year's Dorito's Super Bowl ad. The actress is survived by her son Michael Canata. Take a look at some of the tributes to the actress that have been posted on social media throughout the day.