In an interview with the Archive of American Television, Rue Mc Clanahan confirmed that in 1972 she was approached by Norman Lear during the taping of an All In The Family episode to be a late replacement for Roberts, who was originally intended for the role of Vivian in Maude.
In 1961, she made her film debut in Something Wild (1961).
She appeared in such 1960s and 1970s films as A Lovely Way to Die, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Honeymoon Killers, Such Good Friends, Little Murders, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Kennedy's assassination, Ruby and Oswald, in which she played Jack Ruby's sister.
She also appeared very briefly in The Rose, as the mother of the title character (played by Bette Midler).
Doris Roberts (born Doris May Green; November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016) was an American stage, character actress, author and philanthropist, whose career spanned six decades of television.
She appeared as a guest on many talk and variety shows, along with appearing as a panelist on several game shows.
She was an advocate for animal rights and of animal-rights activism, supporting groups such as the United Activists for Animal Rights.
She started in films in 1968, and had prominent roles in movies, including playing opposite Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers (1969), Elliott Gould in Little Murders (1971), Steven Keats in Hester Street (1975), Billy Crystal in Rabbit Test (1978), Robert Carradine in Number One with a Bullet (1987), Cady Mc Clain in Simple Justice (1989), among many others.
She received five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.
She achieved continuing success for her co-starring role as Raymond Barone's mother, Marie Barone, on the long-running CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005), this last is the role she was known for.
She played Mildred Krebs in Remington Steele, a role she played from 1983–1987. Rosenfield Agency, a stenographic service catering to playwrights and actors.
Towards the end of her acting career, she also had a prominent role opposite Tyler Perry in Madea's Witness Protection (2012). Roberts' acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One.