Celebrities React To Doris Roberts' Death & Share Their Favorite Memories
Beloved TV mom Doris Roberts, of Everybody Loves Raymond fame has died, according to TMZ. Roberts passed away in Los Angeles, California on Sunday at the age of 90 years old. The five time Emmy award winner managed to touch so many lives over the years that the outpouring of love on social media this week was hardly unexpected. Across Twitter on Monday, celebrities reacted to Doris Roberts’ death, sharing their favorite memories for the world to remember.
Roberts’ nine-year run on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond as Raymond Barone’s mother, Marie, won her four Emmy awards. Her character was relatable to many, as she played the loving mother-in-law and nemesis whose advice, quick wit for any situation, and tendency to walk into a room at the wrong moment reminded everyone of someone they knew personally — but her character was also always ready with cookies or a lasagna in hand. Everything Marie Barone (and by extension Roberts herself) did, she did out of love.
Roberts was born in St. Louis and was raised by her mother in the Bronx. She briefly studied journalism at NYU, but found her passion for acting soon after, moving to work with the Neighborhood Playhouse and later joining up with the Actors Studio. Comedy suited her well, and she made audiences laugh from her Broadway debut to our living rooms at home. Roberts and her characters were beloved on TV and in real life.
To my beloved Marie - RIP. pic.twitter.com/TtZCySQnLK— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 18, 2016
Following news of her death on Monday, Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Patricia Heaton took to Twitter to express remorse, writing,
Ray Romano also released a statement about his on-screen mother to Deadline, which read,
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal shared his condolences for the TV show's beloved mom on Monday as well:
Madylin Sweeten, who played Ally Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, posted this photo:
❤️keep them safe for me up there pic.twitter.com/TkM9K7Xa1P— Madylin Sweeten (@REALAllyBarone) April 19, 2016
Brad Garrett, who played the less-favored son Robert on the show, released a statement remembering Roberts to TheWrap. It said:
More celebrities took to Twitter as the day wore on, sharing their fondest memories of Roberts.
#RIP to one of my ultimate favorites, Doris Roberts. We spoke at length about ageism in Hollywod & I'm proud to say I think she overcame it.— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) April 18, 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
RIP DORIS ROBERTS. ANOTHER LEGEND IS GONE!— Joey Lawrence (@joeylawrence) April 19, 2016
She made me laugh and I am forever in her debt. https://t.co/bHLJiM34Rv— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) April 19, 2016
Fans will surely miss Roberts’ no-nonsense and blunt characters on-screen. As she had a long and respected career, it’ll be easy to remember her and laugh with her. She will be tremendously missed.