Everybody loved Doris. Ray Romano and more of Doris Roberts’ former costars remembered her on Monday, April 18, after learning of her death at the age of 90. The Everybody Loves Raymond actress’ rep confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday that Roberts died in her sleep on Sunday, April 17.
The Emmy-winning actress’ career spanned more than six decades, beginning with her role in 1952 on TV series Studio One. Roberts, who is best known for portraying helicopter mom Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond, scored four Emmy awards for her work on the CBS series.
“Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped,” Romano, who played her son on the long-running sitcom that went off the air in 2005, told Us Weekly in a statement on Monday. “Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”
Patricia Heaton, who played Romano’s wife on the show, also mourned Roberts via Twitter: “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 than her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.”
Brad Garrett, who played Robert on of Everybody Loves Raymond, told Deadline in a statement: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor. Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart.”
Everybody Loves Raymond producer Phil Rosenthal and alum Madylin Sweeten (who played Roberts’ granddaughter Ally Barone) also expressed their loss on Twitter.
Rosenthal’s wife, Monica Horan, who played Garrett’s wife on the hit show, took to Facebook to share her beloved memories of the actress.
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and learn from you,” she wrote in a lengthy post. “You always had my back (‘he’s in your light’!!!), you always encouraged me in my work, and you continue to inspire me with your lifelong dedication to being a working actor.”
See below for more reactions to Roberts’ passing.
— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) April 18, 2016
❤️keep them safe for me up there pic.twitter.com/TkM9K7Xa1P
— Madylin Sweeten (@REALAllyBarone) April 19, 2016
— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) April 19, 2016
RIP #DorisRoberts. An amazing talent and and amazing person
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 19, 2016
We say goodbye to the incredible doris_roberts today. Her passion for acting was so inspiring. I loved watching her work. You will be missed
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) April 19, 2016
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) April 19, 2016
— Dan Bucatinsky (@danbucatinsky) April 19, 2016
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