DORIS ROBERTS, who won four Emmy Awards as the meddling mother Marie Barone on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died.
Roberts, who was of Russian-Jewish descent, died overnight Monday in her sleep, her spokesperson told The Associated Press. The cause of death was not immediately known. She was 90.
Roberts “will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth, and even a little bit of grit,” CBS, which broadcast Raymond from 1996 to 2005, said in a statement.
She won the Emmys for best supporting actress and was nominated seven times for her portrayal of Marie, matriarch of a dysfunctional Italian family. Roberts won another Emmy for a guest appearance on St. Elsewhere, playing a homeless woman.
In 2003, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A St. Louis native who grew up in New York, Roberts was raised by her mother, Ann Meltzer, with the help of her family, after Meltzer was deserted by her husband. Roberts took the last name of her stepfather, Chester Roberts.