Doris Roberts: Using Her 'Big Mouth' to Fight for Good
Starring in a new TV movie, the 'Everybody Loves Raymond' mother speaks out on behalf of older Americans and the homeless.
Doris Roberts is probably best known as Marie Barone, Ray's hilariously judgmental mother on the long-running sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which ended its nine-season run last year. While "Raymond" can still be seen in syndication at virtually all times of the day, Roberts, 76, has moved onto new projects. She's starring this weekend in "Our House," a Hallmark Channel movie in which she plays a lonely, depressed widow who's given up on life--until she meets Bobby, a homeless woman, played by Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), who helps Roberts's character find a new purpose: offering shelter in her home to homeless people.
Roberts spoke with Beliefnet about homelessness, the discrimination faced by older people, moving on after a loss, and her "Our House" and "Raymond" characters.
In "Our House" you play a very different type of mother than you played in "Everybody Loves Raymond." What do you think of these two different models?
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Now this woman [in "Our House"] has been pampered by money and has a great home, and it's empty. Absolutely empty. Useless. Empty rooms, when these people who are on the street, she brings them in and gives them a chance, just one step up. They need a second chance in life. They all do.