Doris Roberts, best known for playing Marie Barone on CBS’ long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, died Sunday, April 17, at age 90.
TMZ was first to report the news, and her rep confirmed the news to Us, saying that Roberts died in peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.
The actress earned four Emmys for the role of the caring matriarch to sons Ray (Ray Romano) and Robert (Brad Garrett). She played the part throughout the series’ nine seasons, starting with the September 1996 pilot. Peter Boyle — who played her husband, the cantankerous Frank Barone — died in December 2006.
Raymond costar Patricia Heaton tweeted her condolences on Monday, calling Roberts’ death “truly the end of an era.” Series creator Phil Rosenthal and actress Monica Horan (Amy) also expressed their grief in messages below.
To my beloved Marie – RIP. pic.twitter.com/TtZCySQnLK
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 18, 2016
We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend. pic.twitter.com/539JOa8EWo
— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) April 18, 2016
RIP @doris_roberts . You were amazing & gave us so much through your talent, thank you for making us laugh pic.twitter.com/3s5OdYXzhb
— EverybodyLovesRayBr (@brazilraymond) April 18, 2016
Roberts won an additional Emmy for her 1982 guest appearance on St. Elsewhere and is also known for roles on such TV series as Remington Steele, Cagney & Lacey, The Middle and Melissa & Joey. She appeared in films including The Heartbreak Kid, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and Grandma’s Boy.
The St. Louis–born actress, who got her start on Broadway in the 1950s, starred in a Doritos ad that aired during the 2016 Super Bowl.
She is survived by son Michael Cannata Jr., his wife, Jane, and three grandchildren, Kelsey, Andrew and Devon.
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