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DORIS ROBERTS (Nana Rose) starred for nine years as Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond,” which brought her international accolades as the one of the most popular comedic actresses in television.

Roberts boasts four Emmy Awards for "Everybody Loves Raymond” alone and a fifth for a dramatic portrayal as a victim of homelessness on "St. Elsewhere.” She portrays the title role in The Hallmark Channel tearjerker, "Mrs. Miracle,” continuing a long association with the network. Earlier, she had a starring role in the film comedy "Grandma's Boy,” then starred in director Garry Marshall's "Keeping Up with the Steins.”

Roberts won critical acclaim as a wealthy New York society matron whose family tries to get her fortune in the "Privilege” episode of "Law & Order Criminal Intent” for NBC, and as a wealthy homeowner who takes in a group of homeless people in the Hallmark Channel drama "Our House.”

In addition to the five Emmys, Roberts has been recognized three times as Best Television Actress by the national Viewers for Quality Television. In 2001, she was selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of five actresses of the year, won the 2001 TV Guide Award, the 2000 Beautiful People Award, and was named Best Actress in a Comedy in the American Comedy Awards and Los Angeles Weekly Awards for her stage performance in "24 Hours.” In celebration of her career achievements, Roberts was immortalized with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March l0, 2003 and in April of that year, St. Martin's Press published her memoirs, Are You Hungry, Dear? which became an immediate best seller.

Roberts debuted on Broadway in William Saroyan's classic "The Time of Your Life,” in 1955. The following year she was asked to understudy one of the great ladies of the American stage, Shirley Booth, in "Desk Set.” Even with that impressive recognition of her innate acting abilities, she decided she needed professional training and joined the famed Actors Studio, where her fellow students included Marilyn Monroe, Kim Stanley and Maureen Stapleton.

Roberts appeared both on and off Broadway in numerous successful productions, including "It's Only a Play,” Desk Set,” "the American Dream,” "The Death of Bessie Smith,” "The Office,” "Marathon 33,” "The Color of Darkness,” "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild,” "The Natural Look,” "Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” "Cheaters” and "Bad Habits,” for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Lily Tomlin coaxed Roberts away from Broadway to join her comedy series, "The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour,” initiating Roberts' thriving television career. Roberts became one of the medium's most successful stars as a series regular on "Angie,” "The Boys,” "Ladies on Sweet Street,” "Remington Steele,” "Maggie,” "The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour” and "Everybody Loves Raymond.” Roberts also managed to fit in guest starring roles on "Rhoda,” "Amazing Grace,” Walker, Texas Ranger,” "Step By Step,” "Dream On,” "Burke's Law,” "Baretta,” "St. Elsewhere,” ”Empty Nest,” "John Larrouquette,” "Perfect Strangers,” "Barney Miller,” "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” "Soap,” "Full House” and "Murder She Wrote.” She had key roles in the television films "A Thousand Men and a Baby,” "A Time To Heal,” "Blind Faith,” "Sunset Gang,” "A Mom For Christmas,” "The Fig Tree,” "The Diary of Anne Frank,” "It Happened One Christmas,” "Ruby and Oswald,” "The Story Teller,” A Letter to Three Wives,” "Jennifer, A Woman's Story,” "Ordinary Hero,” "One True Love” and "Sons of Mistletoe.”

Moving onto the big screen, Roberts drew accolades for her work in "A Fish in the Bathtub,” "My Giant,” "Walking to Waldheim,” "The Grass Harp,” "Used People,” "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” "The Night We Never Met,” "Something Wild,” "Barefoot In the Park,” "No Way to Treat a Lady,” "A Lovely Way to Die,” "Honeymoon Killers,” "A New Leaf,” "Such Good Friends,” "Little Murders,” "Heartbreak Kid,” "Hester Street,” "The Taking of Pelham one-Two-Three,” "The Rose,” "Good Luck Miss Wyckoff,” "Rabbit Test,” "Simple Justice,” "Number One With a Bullet” and "Mamma Mia!”

Roberts also manages to devote what free time she has to community service as a founder and active supporter of the charities Children Affected By AIDS and Puppies Behind Bars. For five years in a row, she has turned producer to create "A Night of Comedy,” gathering the top comedy stars in their field to raise millions of dollars for Children Affected By AIDS. With Puppies Behind Bars, she has helped to create a new sense of humanity for prison inmates by providing them with pets and a sense of normal responsibility. She received a special Award of Recognition as the first Chair of Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, (S.T.A.G.E.) the longest continuing fundraising event for AIDS, at the 2008 24th  anniversary of the all-star entertainment charity.

Roberts is a formidable fighter for the rights of fellow actors in the continuing battle against ageism. In 2002 she made international headlines when she testified before U.S. Senator John Breaux's Special Committee on Ageism in Washington, D. C. Even with her busy schedule, she happily responded to the U.S. Department of State, becoming a cultural ambassador and traveling to underdeveloped countries throughout the world to speak to you about hope, for which she was honored in late 2004 by Secretary of State Colin Powell in ceremonies in Washington, D. C.

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