Sadly, Doris Roberts has passed away on Sunday at age 90. Although her career spanned an astonishing six decades, Doris was probably best known for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She won 4 Emmy awards for her portrayal of the quintessential overbearing mother-in-law alongside Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, and the late Peter Boyle.
Doris also had a recurring role on the 1980s show Remington Steele, and appeared in other classic series like St. Elsewhere (for which she won an Emmy in 1983), All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Barney Miller, Fantasy Land, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote. Comedy movie fans will also remember her from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Of course, condolences and commemorations are pouring in from across Hollywood, especially from those who worked with her.
Ray Romano told Deadline:
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.
Brad Garret told Deadline:
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor. Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart.
Patricia Heaton released a lovely statement via Twitter:
Madylin Sweeten, who played one of Ray and Debra’s kids paid tribute to Peter Doyle as well:
Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond:
Pierce Brosnan, star of Remington Steele, had many fond memories of Doris:
….my dear Doris, I am so very saddened to hear the news of your passing, I loved you Doris, we had so many good laughs together, and you always knew where the laughs were, you never forgot the audience…my heartfelt love and condolences go out to your family… You will be missed by many, forever and the day, but your work shall live on. Love life and laughs …God bless.
And many others:
She will definitely be missed. RIP Doris. Thanks for all the laughs.