Monday, April 18, 2016

Rest in Peace, Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts, best known for her role as Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond has passed away at age 90.

Ms. Roberts got her start on television in the 1950's, starring mainly in anthology series. She became highly demanded in the 1970's as she found herself in such shows as All in the Family, Alice and her breakout role in Angie as the title character's mother. Unfortunately, Angie flamed out pre-maturely, leaving Doris to again seek out work where she could find it. Luckily, she was still a popular choice as a guest star in Hollywood. Her highest profile role during this time was in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as the mother of Beverly D'Angelo's character.

It would be Everybody Loves Raymond that would bring her the most fame. Allegedly beating out 100 actresses for the role of the snooping, judgmental Marie Barone, she became a legendary television mom who may have been a bit too nosy but who loved her family dearly. The cast instantly gelled and it was obvious that they genuinely liked each other. Doris once stated that she would play Marie forever if she could.

Ms. Roberts kept busy right up until the end. Her work will live on forever.