RIP Doris Roberts

5 time Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts has died at the age of 90. The beloved American actress who also received a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951 was perhaps best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mother, Marie Barone, on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005). She’s also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Grandma’s Boy.” She’s survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris’ second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.

Roberts’ acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One. She appeared in episodes of The Naked City (1958–63), Way Out (1961), Ben Casey (1963), and The Defenders (1962–63). In 1961, she made her film debut in Something Wild (1961). She appeared in such 1960s and 1970s films as A Lovely Way to Die, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Honeymoon Killers, Such Good Friends, Little Murders, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. In 1978, she appeared in a film about John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Ruby and Oswald, in which she played Jack Ruby’s sister. She also appeared very briefly in The Rose, as the mother of the title character (played by Bette Midler).

I first saw her on season 2 of Remington Steele in her recurring role as secretary Mildred Krebs who later became a main character from season 3 onwards. Roberts achieved much of her fame for her role as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She was reportedly one of 100 actresses considered for the role. For her work on the series, she was nominated for seven Emmy Awards (and won four times) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Roberts married Michael Cannata; they divorced in 1962. Their son, Michael Cannata, Jr. (born 1957) is her only child. She had three grandchildren: Kelsey, Andrew, and Devon. Her second husband was writer William Goyen. They were married from 1963 until his death from leukemia.

Gun Powder For Condiments?

Well I am here in my sister & brother in laws apartment. Sitting in one of the bedrooms at the end of the apartment, which is usually my younger nephew’s. My folks are in my older newphew’s room and my nephews and niece sleep in the 6th floor apartment of their paternal grandmom. I woke up early yesterday and post coffee and breakfast I was on the computer till 11 am when I took a shave and a shower and then got ready to go to work.

Work was ok, I was alone at my desk for most of the day from 1:30 pm till almost 8pm. Lunch was terrible at the office cafeteria – at 1:45 pm they had run out of most stuff so I had some rice with the bottom section of sambhar which was so little that I asked for beef curry and some cabbage thoran. The beef was so hard and rubbery – I am sure if I took a piece and threw it against the wall it would bounce back like a ball – and the curry was so spicy that my eyes watered. So spicy, I think she put gun powder instead of spices! It was an awful experience.

I continued with my work until 8:30pm and had a much better dinner which satisfied my hunger and made up for the disaster at lunch. I was one of only 5 people leaving in the 10:30pm cab from the office so I rushed down by 10:32pm and waited for the others and was dropped at home by 11:30pm (only because one of the girls messed up the directions to her place) and watched a couple of episodes of Motive’s season 4 before I slept off.