Doris Roberts Biography (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 andAnn (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). Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, voice performer, director
Birth Details
November 4, 1930?
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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, beginning2004
  • Miniseries
  • Tessie McBride, Blind Faith (also known as The Toms River Case), NBC, 1990
  • (And in archive footage) Herself, The Fifty (documentary), 1998
  • 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
  • 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," AmericanPlayhouse, 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (alsoknown 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 theJury, 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," DreamOn, HBO, 1993, also broadcast on Fox
  • Angie Pedalbee, "Pop Secret," Dream On, HBO, 1993, also broadcaston 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 in2005
  • 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 andSidewalks 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.
  • 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 knownas 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 knownas Christmas Vacation and National Lampoon's "Winter Holiday"), Warner Bros., 1989
  • Mrs. Nelson, Honeymoon Academy (also known as For Better or forWorse), 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 CherryLane 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.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Audiobooks
  • Doris Roberts and Danelle Morton, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs,Lasagna, Audio Renaissance, 2003
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Danelle Morton) Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, Lasagna,St. Martin's Press, 2003
  • Contributor to periodicals, including Woman's World.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Newsmakers, Issue 4, Gale, 2003
    Periodicals
    • 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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