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Also Known As: Doris May Green Died:
Born: November 4, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor

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Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often too savvy of the ways of the world to be fooled by anyone. Roberts built up some face recognition with regular appearances in the sitcoms "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and "Angie" (ABC, 1979-1980) but truly came into her own as a widely known comedienne in 1995 when she was cast as the meddling, strong-willed family matriarch on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). The show became of the best-loved sitcoms in history, and Roberts earned seven Emmy nominations and four wins for her colorful characterization. Well past the common age of retirement and well past the show's celebrated end, Roberts maintained a reputation as one of the big and small screen's most iconic mothers, and she continued to be a welcome sight as a television guest star and film player.

Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A versatile player with an inescapably "mom-like" presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often too savvy of the ways of the world to be fooled by anyone. Roberts built up some face recognition with regular appearances in the sitcoms "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and "Angie" (ABC, 1979-1980) but truly came into her own as a widely known comedienne in 1995 when she was cast as the meddling, strong-willed family matriarch on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). The show became of the best-loved sitcoms in history, and Roberts earned seven Emmy nominations and four wins for her colorful characterization. Well past the common age of retirement and well past the show's celebrated end, Roberts maintained a reputation as one of the big and small screen's most iconic mothers, and she continued to be a welcome sight as a television guest star and film player.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Margarine Wars (2011)
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 Mrs. Miracle (2009)
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 Play the Game (2009)
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 Grandma's Boy (2006)
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 Our House (2005)
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1952:
Made TV acting debut in "Jane Eyre" on CBS' "Studio One"
1955:
Made her stage acting debut in "The Time of Your Life"
1961:
Made feature film debut in "Something Wild"
1968:
Acted in "No Way to Treat a Lady"
1969:
Co-starred in Neil Simon's Broadway production of "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" with James Coco and Linda Lavin
1971:
Appeared in Elaine May's comedy "A New Leaf"
1972:
Re-teamed with May for a supporting role in "The Heartbreak Kid"; scripted by Neil Simon
1974:
Acted opposite Walter Matthau in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"
1975:
Garnered attention for her stage performance in Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits"
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Made a popular series of commercials for Glade air freshener
1976:
Portrayed Dorelda Doremus on the syndicated spoof of soap operas "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1977:
Played Martin Balsam's wife in the award-winning TV-movie "The Storyteller" (NBC)
1979:
Cast as the title character's meddling mother on the ABC sitcom "Angie"
1979:
Had small role as Bette Midler's mother in "The Rose"
1980:
Teamed with James Coco as Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan in the NBC remake of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1981:
Co-starred on the ABC sitcom "Maggie"
1982:
Had a memorable guest appearance as a bag lady appearing opposite James Coco on NBC's "St. Elsewhere"
1983:
Cast as the efficient secretary Mildred Krebs on "Remington Steele" (NBC); garnered an Emmy nomination in 1985
1989:
Picked up an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers"
1991:
Earned fourth career Emmy nomination for a supporting role in the PBS production of "The Sunset Gang" (aired on "American Playhouse")
1992:
Acted in the feature "Used People
1993:
Recurring role as mother to Denny Dillon's Toby on the HBO series "Dream On"
1993:
Featured on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Boys"
1995:
Appeared in the film "The Grass Harp"
1996:
Played Marie Romano, the title character's mother, on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS); received Emmy (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004) and SAG (2004, 2005) nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2001:
Cast as a tart-tongued receptionist at an AIDS testing center in "All Over the Guy"
2003:
Appeared in the comedy feature "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" opposite David Spade
2006:
Played the ex-wife of Garry Marshall in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"; directed by Marshall's son Scott
2009:
Starred in the title role in the Hallmark Channel movie "Mrs. Miracle"
2010:
Cast in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron┬┐s hit off-Broadway comedy "Love, Loss and What I Wore"
2010:
Reunited with "Raymond" co-star Patricia Heaton with a recurring guest starring role on Heaton's ABC sitcom "The Middle"
2010:
Reprised titular role in Hallmark Channel sequel "Call Me Mrs. Miracle"
2012:
Appeared in the comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Some sources list 1925 as Ms. Roberts' birth year. When she won her second Emmy in 2001, though, she claimed that it was her 71st birthday, which would mean she was born in 1930.

"I've never been an ingenue. I have this deep voice and fat, chubby hands. I'm a character actress." --Doris Roberts quoted in People, June 5, 2000.

Roberts penned a book of life lessons, Are You Hungry, Dear?, which sold to St. Martin's Press in June 2002

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husband:
Michael Cannata. Attorney. Divorced in 1962.
husband:
William Goyen. Novelist. Married from 1962 until his death from leukemia in 1982.
companion:
Jack Betts. Actor.

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mother:
Ann Meltzer. Divorced from Roberts' father.
step-father:
Bob Roberts.
son:
Michael Cannata. Manager. Born c. 1957.

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