Doris Roberts

  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Died: April 17, 2016
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Grew up in the Bronx.
  • Studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner.
  • Made her Broadway debut in the 1955 revival production of  The Time of Your Life.
  • Spoke out against ageism; testified before U.S. Senator John Breaux's Special Committee on Ageism in Washington, D.C., in 2002.
  • Published a 2003 book titled Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs and Lasagna.
  • Was appointed a cultural ambassador by the U.S. Department of State in 2004. 
  • Did her own stunts for the 2009 film Aliens in the Attic.
  • Was a chairperson for the nonprofit Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and hosted their annual A Night of Comedy event.
  • Worked with Puppies Behind Bars, in which inmates do preliminary training with seeing-eye dogs; and L.A.'s Best, an after-school program for children.

Awards

  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bob Roberts — Stepfather
  • William Goyen — Husband (deceased)
  • Ann Meltzer Roberts — Mother
  • Jack Betts — Significant Other
  • Michael Cannata — Ex-husband
  • Michael Cannata — Son

College

  • Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

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