Doris Roberts, known for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died at the age of 90.
Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata, confirmed to USA Today that his mother “died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.”
Roberts played the mother-in-law of Patricia Heaton’s character in the long-running television series, which earned her four Emmy awards and a Screen Actors Guild award.
“Truly the end of an era,” Heaton shared in a statement. “My wonderful TV mother-in-law and (Everybody Loves Raymond) nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.
Co-star Ray Romano also shared his admiration for the late actress. “Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me,” he said in a statement. “She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”
In her early years, Roberts became a star on Broadway before moving into the world of film and television. She earned critical acclaim for her work on the series St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele and Angie before she began her life-changing role on Everybody Loves Raymond.
Roberts also had a life-long passion for cooking, which led her to release her 2005 cookbook Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs and Lasagna.