Doris Roberts died Sunday. She was 90 years old.
The actress, who was best known for her role as Marie Barone on the CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” passed away at her Los Angeles home, a rep for the actress has confirmed.
Phil Rosenthal, the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” paid tribute to Roberts Monday.
“She was a very strong character, and really funny and kind of a rock in the center of the show, and kind of a rock in the center of our lives on the show because she was very, very nurturing and supportive of everyone around her,” he said in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter. “She was the ultimate professional actress who took class every week even after the show to prove that you can never stop learning.”
“We were very lucky,” he added. “We had a notoriously close cast and crew so this is really a death in the family.”
Ray Romano remembered Roberts as well.
“Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me,” he said in a statement Monday night.
“She never stopped. 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.”
Roberts was last spotted out in public in March. She was scheduled to appear at the show’s reunion this June.