Doris Roberts, the veteran comic actress, died Sunday in Los Angeles at 90 years old. Roberts was best known for her role in playing the Barone matriarch in the long-running CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, the mother of Ray Romano and Brad Garrett’s respective characters. Each mourned their onscreen parent.
“Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped,” Romano said in a statement. “Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor,” Garrett said in a statement. “Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart.”
“We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Doris Roberts. She was a gifted and talented actress who was beloved by audiences that saw her on every screen and stage,” CBS said in a statement. “And to those who worked with her, Doris will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit. We were so privileged to have her call CBS home for so many years. She will be greatly missed. Truly, Everybody Loved Doris.”
Others involved with Raymond, including more of the cast and its creator, remembered Roberts on social media, along with other former castmates and admirers. Read their tributes to Roberts below.