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Doris Roberts: An Inspiration

Doris Roberts:  An Inspiration

We lost a star and heaven gained a brilliant soul.  

"5-time Emmy® Award winner and 11-time Emmy® nominee Doris Roberts is seen on television and in film every day, all around the world.  Voted #3 ‘Favorite Mom of All Time’ in an audience survey by ABC News and People Magazine, her character ‘Marie Barone’ is a cherished icon in over 160 countries – a role that earned 4 of her 5 television Emmys®. 

'I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was in kindergarten,' says Doris.  'I was cast in a school play where I had only one line: ‘I am Patrick Potato and this is my cousin, Mrs. Tomato.’  When I heard the audience burst with laughter, I knew I wanted to be an actor!  That’s the bug that bit me and it’s been biting me ever since."

Doris Roberts exemplified impressive range as an actress.  Her character, Mildred Krebs, in Remington Steele is most memorable and a personal favorite.  A mix of good acting, nostalgic references to old movies, and a sometimes over the top spirit make it better than so many other programs.  The cast includes Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read, Janet Demay, Beverly Garland, Maryedith Burrell, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Stephanie’s father), Cassandra Harris (Pierce’s first wife), James Tolkan, and many other great actors.  The show’s music and theme by Henry Mancini.  The city of Los Angeles acts as a great setting-- Century Plaza Towers providing home base for much of the mystery solving and action. 

Doris’ charitable work on behalf of the elderly and animals, drive to continually work and learn the craft of acting, and her perseverance after the passing of her husband make her an inspiration.  In addition, her roles on Angie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Everybody Love’s Raymond, and more will live on as a terrific legacy of love, laughter, and strength.  She was a classic.

Stephanie Zimbalist noted, "My heart goes out to Doris's son Michael, wife Jane and grandchildren, and the legions of her fans and supporters.  What a dame she was.  When you needed Doris, she was right there.  Flights of angels, dear Doris."

Pierce Brosnan also paid tribute to Doris, " dear Doris, I am so very saddened to hear the news of your passing, I loved you Doris, we had so many good laughs together, and you always knew where the laughs were, you never forgot the heartfelt love and condolences go out to your family... You will be missed by many, forever and the day, but your work shall live on. Love life and laughs ...God bless.  ...dear Doris, we had fun did we were a joy to work with, you made me laugh and you made my work better for the laughter... Love life work and's to higher ground ...RIP".

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