Actress Doris Roberts Dies At Age 90

NBC News reports:

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90. Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Monday.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles.

“Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me,” the actress’ publicist, Janet K Daily, said in a statement to NBC News. “She never stopped. 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.”

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

Three years ago Roberts performed for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Broadway Backwards.