Doris Roberts dies, 90

LOS ANGELES – Doris Roberts, five-time Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Raymond’s mother on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died. Robert’s acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One. A veteran actress, Roberts appeared in numerous television shows and films spanning a 60-year career. She had recurring roles on Remington Steele, and guest stars on “Love Boat” “Murder She Wrote” “Fantasy Island” and the “Mary Tyler Moore” show. She began her career as a stage actress appearing in The Desk Set with Shirley Booth and Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers with James Coco and Linda Lavin. In 2002, she testified before a U.S. Congressional panel that age discrimination was prevalent in Hollywood.   In 2005, Roberts received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina. A committed animal rights advocate, Roberts worked with the group Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that works with inmates in training guide dogs and assistance for the physically disabled. Her co-star on Raymond, Patricia Heaton, tweeted, “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.” Doris Roberts was 90.

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