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Roberts, Doris 1930(?)–

ROBERTS, Doris 1930(?)–


Full name, Doris May Roberts; born November 4, 1930 (some sources cite or 1925 or 1929), in St. Louis, MO; raised in New York City; daughter of Larry and Ann (maiden name, Meltzer) Roberts; married Michael E. Cannata (a lawyer; divorced, 1962); married William Goyen (a writer, editor, composer, and educator), November 10, 1963 (died, August 30, 1982 [some sources cite 1983]); children: (first marriage) Michael Robert (a personal manager). Education: Attended New York University, 1950–51; trained for the stage at Neighborhood Playhouse with Stanford Meisner and at Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. Avocational Interests: Travel, painting, restoring old furniture, needlepoint.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Actress, voice performer, and director. Appeared in commercials.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Outer Critics Circle Award, 1974, for Bad Habits; Emmy Award, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1983, for "Cora and Arnie," St. Elsewhere; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1985, for Remington Steele; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1989, for "Maid to Order," Perfect Strangers; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or special, 1991, for "The Sunset Gang," American Playhouse; Q awards, best supporting actress in a quality comedy series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1998, 1999, and 2000, American Comedy Award, funniest supporting female performer in a television series, 1999, Emmy Award nominations, 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2005, and Emmy awards, 2001, 2002, and 2003, all outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005, and Screen Actors Guild Award, 2003, all outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, all with others, American Comedy Award nomination, funniest supporting female performer in a television series, 2000, TV Guide Award, supporting actress of the year in a comedy series, 2001, Television Award nomination, actress of the year in a series, American Film Institute, 2002, Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a comedy or musical television series, International Press Academy, 2003, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series, 2004 and 2005, all for Everybody Loves Raymond; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2003; Family Television Award, 2004; Los Angeles Weekly Award.


Television Appearances; Series:

Dorelda Doremus, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated, 1976–77.

Theresa Falco, Angie, ABC, 1979–80.

Loretta Davenport, Maggie, ABC, 1981–82.

Mildred Krebs, Remington Steele, NBC, 1983–87.

Doris Greenblatt, The Boys, CBS, 1993.

Marie Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 1996–2005.

Voice of Jaundice Mutton, Zeroman (animated), TeleToon, beginning 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Tessie McBride, Blind Faith (also known as The Toms River Case), NBC, 1990.

(And in archive footage) Herself, The Fifty (documentary), 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ma Bailey, It Happened One Christmas, ABC, 1977.

Marion Davidson (some sources cite Marion Davidoff), The Storyteller, NBC, 1977.

Eva, Ruby and Oswald (also known as Four Days in Dallas), CBS, 1978.

Kay, Jennifer: A Woman's Story, NBC, 1979.

Mrs. Van Daan, The Diary of Anne Frank, NBC, 1980.

Myrna, Another Woman's Child, CBS, 1983.

Mrs. Bowzer, California Girls, ABC, 1985.

Sadie Finney, A Letter to Three Wives, NBC, 1985.

Edith Bernside, Ordinary Heroes, ABC, 1986.

Dottie Wilson, If It's Tuesday It Still Must Be Belgium, NBC, 1987.

Mildred Krebs, Remington Steele: The Steele That Wouldn't Die, NBC, 1987.

Philomena, A Mom for Christmas, NBC, 1990.

Maddy, A Time to Heal (also known as Jenny's Story and Out of the Darkness), NBC, 1994.

Sister Philomena, A Thousand Men and a Baby (also known as Narrow Escape), 1997.

Lillian, One True Love, CBS, 2000.

Marge, Sons of Mistletoe (also known as Un noel pas comme les autres), CBS, 2001.

Maggie Calhoun, A Time to Remember, Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Aunt Marie, Raising Waylon, CBS, 2004.

Our House, The Hallmark Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Waitress, The Trouble with People, NBC, 1972.

The Lily Tomlin Special, ABC, 1975.

Doris, Alvin Goes Back to School, NBC, 1986.

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986.

Mimi Finkelstein, "Yiddish," a segment of "The Sunset Gang," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991.

Marie, Sea World and Busch Gardens Adventures: Alien Vacation!, CBS, 1997.

Funny Flubs and Screw–Ups III, CBS, 1999.

TV Moms at Home, Home and Garden Television, 1999.

Judge, Miss USA 2001, CBS, 2001.

Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years, CBS, 2002.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

Herself, TV Guide Close Up: From Comedy Club to Primetime (documentary), TV Guide Channel, 2004.

Host, Sitcom Super Moms, Nickelodeon, 2004.

(Uncredited) Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On, PBS, 2004.

Appeared in other specials.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, HBO Plus, 1999.

Presenter, 14th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2000.

Presenter, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 2001.

Presenter, The Ninth Annual Movieguide Awards, PAX TV, 2001.

Presenter, The 2001 Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2001.

The 2001 TV Guide Awards, Fox, 2001.

The 54th Annual Emmy Awards Show, 2002.

The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2002.

16th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2002.

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003.

The Mark Twain Prize: Lily Tomlin, 2003.

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as First Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003.

The Sixth Annual Family Television Awards, 2004.

Herself, The 59th Annual Tony Awards, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Jane Eyre," Studio One, CBS, 1952.

Edna Potter, "Side Show," Way Out, CBS, 1961.

Minnah, "Rider Number Six," Look Up and Live, CBS, 1961.

Marjorie Hill, "Madman: Parts 1 & 2," The Defenders, CBS, 1962.

"One of the Most Important Men in the Whole World," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Claire Forrest, "Father Was an Intern," Ben Casey, ABC, 1963.

"Color Schemes Like Never Before," Naked City, ABC, 1963.

Helen Wyroski, "Next Stop, Valhalla," The Doctors and the Nurses (also known as The Nurses), CBS, 1964.

Minna Fraylock, "Claire Chevel Died in Boston," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

Ann Hawley, "The Patient Nurse," The Doctors and the Nurses (also known as The Nurses), CBS, 1965.

Shimmy, "Shadow Game," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1969.

Gladys Callahan, "Two against Death," Medical Center, CBS, 1975.

Helen Farrell, "Phyllis Whips Inflation," The Mary Tyler Moore Show (also known as Mary Tyler Moore), CBS, 1975.

Mrs. Asher, "Sharper Than a Serpent's Truth," Baretta, ABC, 1975.

Marge, "Edith's Night Out," All in the Family, CBS, 1976.

Mrs. Strauss, "The Thrill Killers: Parts 1 & 2," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1976.

Sylvia Levy, "Meet the Levys," Rhoda, CBS, 1976.

"The Nurse's Pipes," Viva Valdez, ABC, 1976.

"Such Sweet Sorrow," Family, ABC, 1976.

Louise Kaufman, "Sex Surrogate," Barney Miller, ABC, 1977.

Harriet Brower, "The Sighting," Barney Miller, ABC, 1978.

Flo Flotski, Soap, ABC, multiple episodes in 1978.

Harriet Brower, "Wojo's Girl: Part 1," Barney Miller, ABC, 1979.

Marjorie Gibbs, "Goose for the Gander," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

Crystal, The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour, CBS, 1979.

Harriet Brower, "Agent Orange," Barney Miller, ABC, 1980.

Rose, "Sergeant Bull," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980.

Mona Spivak, "Alice's Big Four–Oh!," Alice, CBS, 1981.

Fantasy Island, ABC, 1981.

Cora, "Cora and Arnie," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1982.

Mona Spivak, "Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving," Alice, CBS, 1982.

Helen Freitas, "Jane Doe "37," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1983.

"The Night Stalker," The New Odd Couple, ABC, 1983.

"Our Son, the Lawyer," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.

"The Perils of Pauline," The New Odd Couple, ABC, 1983.

Mrs. Bush, "Call Me a Doctor," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984.

Mom, "The Three Little Pigs," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater"), Showtime, 1985.

Judge Westphall, "Deportation: Part 2," Mr. Belvedere, ABC, 1986.

Great Aunt Eliza, "The Fig Tree," WonderWorks, PBS, 1987.

Michele Loring, "The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning," You Are the Jury, NBC, 1987.

Ida Kankel, "School Daze," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1988.

Claire Tanner, "Granny Tanny," Full House, ABC, 1989.

Mrs. Bailey, "Maid to Order," Perfect Strangers, ABC, 1989.

Helen Owens, "Shear Madness," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990.

Aunt Retha, "The Last Temptation of Laverne," Empty Nest, NBC, 1991.

Delores, "My Dinner with Jack and Delores," Sunday Dinner, CBS, 1991.

"Throw Momma from the House," The Family Man, CBS, 1991.

Angie Pedalbee, "The Book, the Thief, Her Boss, and His Lover," Dream On, HBO, 1993, also broadcast on Fox.

Angie Pedalbee, "Pop Secret," Dream On, HBO, 1993, also broadcast on Fox.

Angie Pedalbee, "Reach Out and Touch Yourself," Dream On, HBO, 1993, also broadcast on Fox.

Aunt Edna, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Step by Step, ABC, 1994.

Mrs. Leah Colfax, "The Murder Channel," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Angie Pedalbee, "Flight of the Pedalbee," Dream On, HBO, 1995, also broadcast on Fox.

Angie Pedalbee, "Significant Author," Dream On, HBO, 1995, also broadcast on Fox.

Angie Pedalbee, "Toby's Choice," Dream On, HBO, 1995, also broadcast on Fox.

Betsy Meadows, "Who Killed Cock–a–Doodle Dooley?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.

Elaine Portugal, "The Big Bingo Bamboozle," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1995.

Hazel, "Touching Up Your Roots," High Society, CBS, 1996.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 1998, 2003.

Marie Barone, "Rayny Day," The King of Queens, CBS, 1999.

Guest, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1999.

Guest, Mad TV, Fox, 1999, 2001.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Patricia Heaton, Lifetime, 2000.

Guest, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2000.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Rose, "The Bells of St. Peters," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Doris Roberts, Lifetime, 2002.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Guest, Rove Live, 10 Network (Australia), 2002.

Herself, "Blondes Have More Fun Week," The Hollywood Squares, 2003.

Herself, "Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment," E!'s 101, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Herself, "Peter Boyle," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Peter Boyle), Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Grandma Ruth, "Grand Ole' Grandma," Lizzie McGuire (live action and animated), The Disney Channel, 2003.

Guest, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2003.

Guest, The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003.

Guest, Good Day Live, Fox, 2003, 2004.

Herself, "Doris Roberts," ALF's Hit Talk Show, TV Land, 2004.

Guest, The Hollywood Squares, 2004.

Guest, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004, multiple episodes in 2005.

Herself, "Ray Romano," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Ray Romano), Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Herself, "Wacky Neighbors," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Guest, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005.

Guest, The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2005.

Guest, Sidewalks Entertainment (also known as Sidewalks and Sidewalks Entertainment Hour), syndicated, 2005.

Guest, Tavis Smiley, PBS, 2005.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Blansky's Beauties, ABC; and Joe and Sons, CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Aunt Enid, Bell, Book and Candle, NBC, 1976.

Paula Handy, The Oath: Thirty–Three Hours in the Life of God, ABC, 1976.

Irma DeGroot, In Trouble, ABC, 1981.

Ethel Connelly, Me and Mrs. C., NBC, 1984.

Cecile Rickwald, The Gregory Harrison Show, CBS, 1989.

Bea, The Ladies on Sweet Street, ABC, 1990.

Mrs. Shenker, The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1993.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Angie and Joyce Go to Jail," Angie, ABC, 1980.

Film Appearances:

Girl in 5 and 10, Something Wild, United Artists, 1961.

(Uncredited) Desk clerk, Dear Heart (also known as Out of Towners), Warner Bros., 1964.

Feeney, A Lovely Way to Die (also known as A Lovely Way to Go), Universal, 1968.

(Uncredited) Hotel maid, Barefoot in the Park, Paramount, 1968.

Sylvia Poppie, No Way to Treat a Lady, Paramount, 1968.

Bunny, The Honeymoon Killers (also known as The Lonely Hearts Killers), Cinerama, 1970.

Mrs. Chamberlain, Little Murders, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1971.

Mrs. Gold, Such Good Friends, Paramount, 1971.

Mrs. Traggert, A New Leaf, Paramount, 1971.

Mrs. Cantrow, The Heartbreak Kid, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1972.

The mayor's wife, The Taking of Pelham 1–2–3 (also known as Pelham 1–2–3 and El tomar de Pelham uno dos tres), United Artists, 1974.

Mrs. Kavarsky, Hester Street, First Run Features, 1975.

Mrs. Lambert, Blood Bath, 1976.

Lars Brady's ex–wife, Once in Paris, Leigh McLaughlin, 1978.

Mrs. Carpenter, Rabbit Test, Avco–Embassy, 1978.

Mrs. Foster, The Rose, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Rene (some sources cite Marie), Good Luck Miss Wykoff (also known as Secret Yearnings, The Shaming, and The Sin), 1979.

Mrs. Barzak, Number One with a Bullet, Cannon, 1986.

Anna DiLorenzo, Simple Justice, Panorama Entertainment, 1989.

Frances Smith, National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" (also known as Christmas Vacation and National Lampoon's "Winter Holiday"), Warner Bros., 1989.

Mrs. Nelson, Honeymoon Academy (also known as For Better or for Worse), Triumph Releasing, 1990.

Aunt Lonnie, Used People, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1992.

Neighbor, The Night We Never Met, Miramax, 1993.

Taffy, 1994.

Mrs. Richards, The Grass Harp, Fine Line Features, 1995.

Frieda, A Fish in the Bathtub, Curb Entertainment, 1998.

Rose Kaminski, My Giant, Columbia, 1998.

Voice of Auntie Shrew, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (animated), 1998.

Esther, All over the Guy, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Sylvia, Full Circle, Sinovoi Entertainment, 2001.

Peggy Roberts, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (also known as Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star), Paramount, 2003.

Rose Fiedler, Lucky 13, Road Picture/Winsome Productions, 2005.

Grandma Lilly, Grandma's Boy (also known as Nana's Boy), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Prostitute, The Time of Your Life, City Center, New York City, 1955.

Miss Rumple, The Desk Set, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1955–56.

Nurse, The Death of Bessie Smith, York Playhouse, New York City, 1961.

Mommy, The American Dream, York Playhouse, 1961, revived at Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Color of Darkness, Writers Stage Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Cracks, Writers Stage Theatre, 1963.

Rae Wilson, Marathon '33, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1963–64.

Miss Punk, The Office, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Standby for Flora Sharkey, Hilda, and Marcella Vankuchen, Under the Weather, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Understudy for Madame Girard and Eloisa, Malcolm, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Edna, The Natural Look, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Jeanette Fisher, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1969–71.

May, Felix, Actors Studio, New York City, 1972.

Miss Manley and standby for Mildred Wild, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Dolly Scupp, "Ravenswood," and Becky Hedges, "Dunelawn," in Bad Habits (double–bill), Astor Place Theatre, then Booth Theatre, both New York City, 1974.

Dede, Ladies at the Alamo, Actors Studio, 1975.

Grace, Cheaters, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Emma, It's Only a Play, Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1992.

Appeared in other productions, including productions in Ann Arbor, MI, 1953; and Chatham, MA, 1955.

Major Tours:

Claudia, The Opening, U.S. cities, 1972.

Morning's at Seven, U.S. cities, 1976.

Stage Work:

Assistant stage manager, The Desk Set, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1955–56.

Director of a play at the Skylight Theater, Los Angeles.



Doris Roberts and Danelle Morton, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, Lasagna, Audio Renaissance, 2003.



(With Danelle Morton) Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, Lasagna, St. Martin's Press, 2003.

Contributor to periodicals, including Woman's World.



Newsmakers, Issue 4, Gale, 2003.


Parade, November 23, 2003, p. 24.

People Weekly, June 5, 2000, p. 69.

TV Guide, June 30, 2001, pp. 26–29; November 22, 2003, p. 22.

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