Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 16% Grandma's Boy (2006)
  • Birthday: Nov 4, 1925
  • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
  • In 1999, Doris Roberts achieved "overnight" stardom in the role of Marie Barone in the series Everybody Loves Raymond, going from working actress -- which she'd been for more than 40 years -- to being an instantly recognized performer. It was an improbable climb to the top rank of popular culture stardom. Roberts was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1925, to a family that was soon shattered when the father abandoned them. She had a difficult but loving childhood as her mother sought to provide for both of them by herself, and eventually Roberts gravitated toward the idea of an acting career. To do this, she had to work at any jobs that she could find, including clerk typist, to afford the lessons that she needed from teachers that included Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner. She made her first television appearance in the early '50s, in a Studio One production of Jane Eyre, and made the usual rounds between theater and television. Her theatrical debut came on the a stage at New York's City Center in 1955, and she was Shirley Booth's understudy in the theatrical version of the comedy Desk Set. She distinguished herself in the role of Mommy in the original production of Edward Albee's The American Dream, and since the early '60s, had carved a niche for herself in maternal and neighborly roles, on both stage and screen. Following her screen debut in Jack Garfein's New York-filmed drama Something Wild (1961), she tended more toward comedy (albeit often black comedy), with performances in Jack Smight's No Way to Treat a Lady, where she played the skeptical onlooker whose questions and low-key intervention save the life of a would-be victim; Leonard Kastle's The Honeymoon Killers (1970), in which she played the roommate of the nurse-turned-murderer played by Shirley Stoler; and Alan Arkin's Little Murders (1971), where she played Elliott Gould's mother. Female comics seemed to perceive Roberts' gifts as an actress especially well, as she got two of her better roles, in A New Leaf (1971) and Rabbit Test (1978), from Elaine May and Joan Rivers, respectively. Although she began appearing in television in the 1950s, with appearances on Ben Casey, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Baretta, All in the Family, The Streets of San Francisco, Rhoda, Soap, and Barney Miller, Roberts didn't start to make a lasting impression in the medium -- which would become her vehicle for stardom -- until the 1970s. She was supposed to have a role in a proposed new series starring Mary Tyler Moore, but when that series failed to sell, she was cast in the role of Donna Pescow's mother in the series Angie (1979), which got Roberts her first real notice by the public or the press. After that, the television appearances grew more frequent, and finally in 1983, she joined the cast of Remington Steele midway through the series' run, as Mildred Krebs, an IRS investigator-turned-secretary-turned-detective, working alongside Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, and often stealing the show with her low-key comedic work. Roberts' first marriage ended in divorce, and her second, to novelist William Goyen, ended when he died in 1983 -- her son from her first marriage, Michael Cannata, has been her manager since the 1970s. It was a dozen years after Remington Steele, and some notable guest star appearances on shows like St. Elsewhere, that she landed the role of Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond. Since then, she has been a guest on talk shows and an acting celebrity, with a brace of Emmy nominations to her credit.In 2003 Roberts published the book Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs and Lasagna, and the following year she was appointed a cultural ambassador by the U.S. Department of State. But back on the small screen Roberts was more recognizable than ever before, with appearances in Grey's Anatomy, Hot in Cleveland, and Desperate Housewives keeping her as active as ever. Roberts continued to work steadily until her death in 2016, at age 90.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet No Deposit Actor 2015
No Score Yet Actor? A Documentary Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Secret Of Joy Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Little Rascals Save the Day Grandma 2014
No Score Yet Touched Norma Boswell 2014
19% Madea's Witness Protection Barbara $65.7M 2012
No Score Yet Margarine Wars Grandma Betty 2012
No Score Yet Another Harvest Moon Alice 2011
No Score Yet Just Laugh! Actor 2010
No Score Yet Call Me Mrs. Miracle Emily Merkle 2010
No Score Yet Mrs. Miracle Mrs. Emily Merkle 2009
28% Play The Game Rose $0.8M 2009
32% Aliens in the Attic Nana Rose Pearson $25M 2009
36% Keeping Up With The Steins Rose Fiedler $4.3M 2006
No Score Yet Our House Ruth Galloway 2006
16% Grandma's Boy Grandma Lilly $6M 2006
No Score Yet I See You.com Doris Bellinger 2006
No Score Yet Raising Waylon Aunt Marie 2004
No Score Yet A Time to Remember Maggie Calhoun 2003
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Peggy Roberts $22.8M 2003
No Score Yet The Sons of Mistletoe Sheriff Margie 2001
43% All Over the Guy Esther 2001
No Score Yet One True Love Lillian 2000
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Auntie Shrew 1998
19% My Giant Rose 1998
50% The Grass Harp Mrs. Richards 1996
56% The Night We Never Met Neighbor 1993
44% Used People Aunt Lonnie 1992
No Score Yet A Mom for Christmas Philomena 1990
No Score Yet Honeymoon Academy Mrs. Nelson 1990
65% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Frances 1989
No Score Yet Simple Justice Anna DiLorenzo 1989
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet Mrs. Berzak 1987
No Score Yet Ordinary Heroes Actor 1985
No Score Yet California Girls Mama 1984
No Score Yet The Diary Of Anne Frank Actor 1980
76% The Rose Rose's Mother 1979
No Score Yet Jennifer: A Woman's Story Kay 1979
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Marie 1979
No Score Yet Once in Paris His Ex-Wife 1979
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Mrs. Carpenter 1978
No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald Eva 1978
75% Hester Street Kavarsky 1975
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mayor's Wife 1974
92% The Heartbreak Kid Mrs. Cantrow 1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Mrs. Gold 1971
100% A New Leaf Mrs. Traggert 1971
60% Little Murders Mrs. Chamberlain 1971
95% The Honeymoon Killers Bunny 1970
89% No Way to Treat a Lady Sylvia Poppie 1968
43% Something Wild Girl in 5 & 10 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% The Birthday Boys
2013-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Melissa & Joey
2010-2015
Nona Sophia Sofia
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012-2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Doris
  • 2012
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Gladys
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet Love Bites
2011
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Mrs. Rinsky Ms. Rinsky
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Virginia Harrington
  • 2007
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
1996-2005
Marie Marie Barone
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Guest
  • 2004
100% Lizzie McGuire
2001-2004
Grandma Ruth
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Rose
  • 2002
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Marie Barone
  • 1999
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Leah Colfax Helen
  • 1996
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Boys (1993)
1993
Doris
  • 1993
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Aunt Retha
  • 1991
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Grandma Claire
  • 1989
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Mildred
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Cora
  • 1982
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
Mrs. Brauer Harriet Harriet Brauer
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Marge
  • 1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Sylvia Levy
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Helen Farrell
  • 1975
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Mimi

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