Doris Roberts: Life After ‘Raymond’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (October 15, 2006) — Nearly a year and a half removed from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” actress Doris Roberts hasn’t yet had a chance to miss television.

The feisty 75-year-old has done three movies since the award-winning comedy ended in May 2005, and taken a vacation in Alaska with her son.

On Oct. 20, the five-time Emmy Award-winner will help Syracuse Stage conduct its annual fundraiser, appearing in an adaptation of Clare Booth Luce’s classic satire, “The Women.”

The performance is an “Old Time Radio Theater” production in which Roberts and cast of community personalities will read their lines.

A Broadway hit written in 1936, “The Women” is a catty comedy about women, rivalries and infidelity. It was made into a 1939 movie. Roberts will reprise the role of Sylvia Fowler.

“I love stage most of all. They can’t cut you out. They can’t just show the back of your head. It’s you and the audience. It’s alive and exciting,” she said.

Roberts made her television debut in 1952 in the Westinghouse Summer Theater production of “Jane Eyre.” Since the early 1960s, she has been a mainstay on television, appearing in guest and starring roles in some of Hollywood’s most recognizable shows, including All in the Family and The Love Boat.

She also has appeared in more than three dozen movies.

But her most famous role came in “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Marie Barone, who she played for nine years.

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