It’s clear why the Everyone Loves Raymond Star has been in the Business for over 60 years.
by David Borzo
The 2013 SmartTalk Connected Conversations series was on full display at the Des Moines Civic Center, replete with an enthusiastic opening night crowd, eager sponsors and tasty Hors D’oeuvres. But most importantly Doris Roberts was there, one of the reigning queens of television comedy. Doris showed that she not only enjoys a good story, but she can tell one. It’s clear why she has been so successful over 65 years on the stage, screen and television.
Doris loves engaging with a crowd. She was right at home sharing stories, vintage photos and film clips from her childhood and long career. Stories about her Grandfather (who took her to saloons and introduced her to his mistress) and her father (who “went out for cigarettes one day and never came back”) spoke of a rough childhood for this girl growing up in the Bronx. Her dedication and talents eventually led her to the stage and then to the famous Actors Studio, meeting giants of the cinema like Marlon Brando, James Dean and Shelley Winters. Some name dropping! And did I mention her friendship with Laurence Olivier? Yes, that Laurence Olivier.
It wasn’t until 1979 that Doris became a well-recognized celebrity as a regular on the series Angie, followed by a five year run on Remington Steel, working alongside the future James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. International fame then followed with Everyone Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005. Today, the show’s re-runs appear in over 160 countries, bringing her instant recognition wherever she travels.
Doris also shared a little about her favorite charities, and her most personal project – fighting the scourge of “ageism” in society. She’s determined not to “act her age,” vowing “to be a champion for older people (not “old people”)… I’m going to make a lot of noise about it!” Doris’s moxie is one reason she’s still on TV at an impressive 88 – she actually jogged around the stage telling one story – that’s dedication to telling a story. She finished with advice to “Clear your head – we spend too much time with garbage rolling around in our heads. Live your life being happy.” We could all take a page from the Book of Doris. For more about Doris, she invites you to friend her on Facebook.
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