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Doris Roberts

Lowest Rated:   16% Grandma's Boy (2006)
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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
21% 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
27% Play The Game
  • Rose
$0.8M 2009
31% Aliens in the Attic
  • Nana Rose Pearson
$25M 2009
37% 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
38% Used People
  • Aunt Lonnie
1992
No Score Yet A Mom for Christmas
  • Philomena
1990
No Score Yet Honeymoon Academy
  • Mrs. Nelson
1990
64% 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
86% 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
73% Hester Street
  • Kavarsky
1975
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Mayor's Wife
1974
91% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Mrs. Cantrow
1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Mrs. Gold
1971
100% A New Leaf
  • Mrs. Traggert
1971
63% 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
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Doris
  • 2012
72% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Gladys
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Love Bites
2011
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Mrs. Rinsky Ms. Rinsky
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Virginia Harrington
  • 2007
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Grandma Claire
  • 1989

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