The incomparable Doris Roberts has passed away at age 90. The actress died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Sunday. She is survived by her son, Michael Cannata, daughter-in-law, Jane and three grandchildren.
Roberts was best known for her role as Ray Romano’s mother in Everybody Loves Raymond, and her resume was astounding. She won four Emmys for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond, and won her fifth for a guest star appearance on St. Elsewhere.
Doris also appeared on TV series such as: Remington Steele, Cagney & Lacey, The Middle, Melissa & Joey, Grey’s Anatomy, All in the Family, Rhoda, Barney Miller and Alice. Her primetime soap roles credits included: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Soap, and Desperate Housewives and countless motion pictures and broadway stage credits.
Two actors very familiar to daytime audiences were two of Doris’ closest friends: Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera) of Days of our Lives and Jack Betts (Ex-Ivan Kiping), formerly of One Life to Live. Both men’s facebook pages on Monday night were filled with condolences from fans and followers on the loss of their beloved friend.
Patricia Heaton posted the most touching tribute to her former co-star: “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy that her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.”
Doris was the longtime chair of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
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