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Biography #2 (for Raising Waylon)

With an illustrious career in theater, films and television, Doris Roberts was selected in 2001 by the American Film Institute as one of five Actors of the Year-Female. She went on in 2003 to receive her third Emmy Award for her role on the popular CBS series EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, which joined an earlier Emmy for St. Elsewhere. Roberts has also been a three-time winner of the Viewers for Quality Television award and won the 2001 TV Guide Award, the 2000 Beautiful People Award and the 1999 American Comedy Award for Funnniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series. On March l0, 2003, the versatile actor was immortalized with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in April 2003, St. Martin's Press published her memoir, Are You Hungry, Dear?

Roberts knew she would become a professional actor at the age of six, when she portrayed a potato in a school play. Her mother took her to Broadway matinees, where she stood in back of the theater, carefully studying the performers and dreaming of being one of them. That dream came true in l955 when Roberts debuted on Broadway in The Time of Your Life. She joined the famed Actors Studio, where her colleagues would also become illustrious performers, among them Marilyn Monroe, Kim Stanley and Maureen Stapleton.

Roberts subsequently appeared both on and off Broadway in numerous successful productions, including It's Only a Play, Desk Set, The American Dream, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Office, Marathon 33, The Color of Darkness, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Natural Look, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Cheaters and Bad Habits," for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Lily Tomlin coaxed Roberts away from Broadway to join her comedy series, The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour, initiating a thriving career in television. Roberts has since been a series regular on Angie, The Boys, Ladies on Sweet Street, Remington Steele, Maggie, The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour and, for the past seven seasons, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. She has also appeared in the television movies A Thousand Men and a Baby, A Time To Heal, Blind Faith, Sunset Gang, A Mom For Christmas, The Fig Tree, The Diary of Anne Frank, It Happened One Christmas, Ruby and Oswald, The Story Teller, A Letter to Three Wives, Jennifer, A Woman's Story, Ordinary Hero, One True Love and Sons of Mistletoe."

On the big screen, Roberts has drawn even more accolades for such films as A Fish in the Bathtub, My Giant, Walking to Waldheim, The Grass Harp, Used People, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Night We Never Met, Something Wild, Barefoot In the Park, No Way to Treat a Lady, A Lovely Way to Die, Honeymoon Killers, A New Leaf, Such Good Friends, Little Murders, Heartbreak Kid, Hester Street, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, The Rose, Good Luck Miss Wyckoff, Rabbit Test, Simple Justice, Number One With A Bullet, Momma Mia and the upcoming All Over the Guy.

Roberts devotes what free time she has to community service as a founder and active supporter of Children Affected By AIDS and Puppies Behind Bars, which creates a new sense of humanity for prison inmates by providing them with pets. She is also a formidable fighter for the rights of actors against ageism. In mid-2002, Roberts made international headlines when she testified before U.S. Senator John Breaux's Special Committee on Ageism in Washington, D.C. The spirited actor was widely quoted when she observed that most of the Senators she was addressing were in their mid-60s or older and pointed out, "Gentlemen, If you were in my business, you would be out of a job, adding, I'm 7l, and I'm still kicking."

Bio courtesy CBS for "Raising Waylon" (08-Nov-2005)

Biography #3

Award-winning actress Doris Roberts has distinguished herself with her versatility on Broadway and in numerous film and television roles. She starred on Broadway in The Death of Bessie Smith, Marathon '33, The Desk Set, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Cheaters, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, and Bad Habits, for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Her more than 20 feature film credits include My Giant, The Grass Harp, Little Murders, Used People, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, No Way To Treat a Lady, The Honeymoon Killers, A New Leaf, The Heartbreak Kid, Hester Street, and The Rose. Among her television film credits are The Diary of Anne Frank, It Happened One Christmas, Ruby and Oswald, A Time To Heal and, on CBS, 1,000 Men and a Baby." She will soon be seen in the CBS television movie One True Love.

For her role in EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, Roberts won the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She received an Emmy nomination in the same category in 1999. Her performance on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND has also earned her two Viewers for Quality Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy and the 1999 American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series. She also won an Emmy for a guest-starring role on St. Elsewhere, and was nominated for an Emmy for her regular role in Remington Steele. Her additional television credits include The Boys, on CBS, and Angie.

Roberts was born in St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. Her birthdate is November 4.

Bio courtesy CBS (01-Jan-2000)