Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925. She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951. She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005. Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90. I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.
Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was??? Sheesh… even I know what that means.
In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana! If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program. It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.
Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:
- 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
- 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
- 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
- 1976 – A NEW LEAF
- 1976 – HESTER STREET
- 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
- 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
- 1979 – THE ROSE
- 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
- 2001 – MY GIANT
- 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
- 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR
- 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
- 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
- 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
- 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
- 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION
I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice. She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.
By Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15088513
There were funny women in her generation for sure… she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview. Also Mary Wickes comes to mind. There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas! Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad. I will miss you! 🙂