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Scoop: Fond farewell to everybody’s favorite mom Doris Roberts

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Actress Doris Roberts, pictured in 2003 in Los Angeles, was best known for playing the meddling mom on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” (AP/Nick Ut)

Doris Roberts, the heart and soul of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” once said the key to her success on the sitcom was that her character’s crazy actions came from love for her family.

The actress died at 90 in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, her representative told the Hollywood Reporter Monday.

Roberts said she based Marie, the mom of sportswriter Ray Romano’s character, on a combination of Romano’s mother, an Italian, and series producer Phil Rosenthal’s mom, a German-Jew.

Everything Marie does, she does because she wants her family to make a better life, she once said: “It all comes from love. That’s why I’m very pleased and excited that I have that much of a contribution for that character that makes everyone laugh, because if you laugh at me, you can laugh at your own parents.”

She won best supporting actress Emmys for the role in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. She also won in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere.”

Roberts landed the part of Marie Barone, the wife of cranky Frank, played by Peter Boyle, in 1995, and appeared in the show’s nine seasons.

“When Peter Boyle and I met for the first time on the show it was as if we had known each other for 45 years,” she said in a 2014 interview. “We got more laughs just giving each other dirty looks than anything else.”

“Truly the end of an era,” tweeted her costar Patrica Heaton: “My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much.”

Rosenthal tweeted: “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”


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–Wire reports

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