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The Mark Twain Prize (2003)

The All-Star Cast

Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts made her stage debut in 1955 in the classic The Time of Your Life. Following successful performances in plays including The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, she won an Outer Critics Circle Award for the Broadway production of Bad Habits. She won an L.A. Weekly Award for her work in the stage production of 24 Hours. Lily Tomlin coaxed Roberts away from the Broadway stage to the small screen to join the cast of The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour. Roberts long and successful television career has included roles on Angie, The Boys, The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour, and many more. Roberts has won four Emmy Awards, three for her role as Ray Barone's meddlesome mother on Everybody Loves Raymond and one for her unforgettable guest appearance as a bag lady on the acclaimed series St. Elsewhere. She has earned 10 Emmy Award nominations for her characters on Remington Steele, Full House, The Sunset Gang, and Everybody Loves Raymond. She has appeared in dozens of feature films including Barefoot in the Park, My Giant, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and the recent Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. She won the 1999 American Comedy Award, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and a TV Guide Award. In early 2003, Doris received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Roberts is a founder and active supporter of the charities Children Affected by AIDS and Puppies Behind Bars, and battles against ageism in show business. In 2002, she testified before a special congressional committee on ageism and is remembered for her observation that most of the committee members were in their mid-sixties and older. "Gentlemen," she said, "if you were in my business, you would be out of a job." Earlier this year, she published her memoirs entitled Are You Hungry Dear?