Eva Longoria and Doris Roberts have been neighbors in the Hollywood Hills for years, and on an April episode of Desperate Housewives, the two will finally work together. I ran in to Doris at the opening of Mamma Mia! at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre (the production runs through April 8), and the Everybody Loves Raymond vet told me she had a blast on the Housewives set.
"I play a very rich woman who hires Gaby as her personal shopper," says Doris, 81, of her character, also named Doris. "Her husband dies — he was very rich, but very cheap and didn't let her spend any money. Now she's out to spend a lot of money. Gaby's husband is with an organization that takes care of homeless addicts, so he tries to get money from my character, which he does. But then I find out they're ripping me off and I let them have it!"
Doris is also keeping busy with a new sitcom pilot for ABC called Counter Culture, about three aging sisters. "It's great," she says. "Delta Burke, Ken Howard and Wink Martindale are also in it. It's about a bunch of lovely ladies in Texas who run a coffee shop."
She also had fun seeing Mamma Mia! "I love Mamma Mia!," she raves. "To sit in the audience, laugh and have a good time is what I like!"