The beloved “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress, Doris Roberts, died on Sunday, April 17 at the age of 90. According to her son, Michael Cannata, she passed away in her sleep from natural causes.
The Emmy-award winning star had a long and success career both on stage and screen, captivating fans hearts with her wit and humor.
Before she worked alongside Ray Romano for nine seasons, she had a small role as grandma Francis in the 1989 Chevy Chase comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” To remember the legendary actress, we chose one of our favorite scenes where a squirrel wreaks havoc on the Griswold home, ruining their Christmas celebrations. The film told the story of Clark (Chase), as he prepared to spend the holidays with his family, but, as always, things never turned out the way they were meant to. Watch the clip above.
Upon hearing the news of her death, Patricia Heaton, who played her daughter-in-law in “Everybody Loves Raymond” tweeted some kinds words: “Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest.”
Ramano also released a statement after saying: “Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me,” he said. “She never stopped — whether working professionally of with her many charities or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor.” Adding, “She did everything with such a grand love for life and people. I will miss her dearly.”