After nine years as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, which brought her international accolades as the most popular comedic actress in television, Doris Roberts returned to features as the star of two comedies and a huge horror/adventure blockbuster for Twentieth Century-Fox, another for Miramax and then two heavy dramas for Hallmark, as well as a special segment of Law & Order Criminal Intent written especially for her. Then, she reunited with famed playwright Terrence McNally, for whom she starred in the Outer Critics Circle Award winning Bad Habits on Broadway, in a new play, Unusual Acts of Devotion in a special pre-Broadway engagement at the famed La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Roberts, who boasts four Emmys® for Raymond alone and a fifth for a dramatic portrayal as a victim of homelessness on St. Elsewhere, continued her long career of diverse performances, by co-starring as Ashley Tisdale’s grandmother in the highly touted Twentieth Century-Fox epic, Aliens in the Attic. And just as that picture was going into release, she signed for the title role in The Hallmark Channel tearjerker, Mrs. Miracle.
Roberts, whose pre-Raymond series and specials on television, countless features and 30 years on Broadway have made her one of the most beloved performers in entertainment, is no awards newcomer. In addition to the five Emmy’s®, her artistry has been recognized three times as Best Television Actress by the national Viewers for Quality Television. Then, in 2001 alone, she was selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of five actresses of the year, won the 2001 TV Guide Award, the 2000 Beautiful People Award and was named Best Actress in A Comedy in the American Comedy and Los Angeles Weekly Awards for her stage performance in 24 Hours. The versatile actress was immortalized with her own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and, in April, of that year, St. Martin’s Press published her memoirs, Are You Hungry, Dear? which became an immediate best seller.
Roberts is also a formidable fighter for the rights of fellow actors in the continuing battle against ageism. In mid-2002 she made international headlines when she testified before U.S. Senator John Breaux’s Special Committee on Ageism” in Washington, D. C. Even with her incredible schedule, she happily responded to the U.S. Department of State, becoming a Cultural Ambassador and traveling to underdeveloped countries throughout the world to speak about hope, for which she was honored in late 2004 by Secretary of State Colin Powell in ceremonies in Washington, D. C.