“Everybody Loves Neil”

Doris Roberts January 2013

Doris Roberts January 2013

“Everybody loves Neil.” Well at least I know my mother does and so too my wife, but perhaps now even Doris Roberts, best known for her role as Marie Barone in the hit TV show, “Everybody Loves Raymond. I was commissioned to photograph Doris Roberts during a show in January 2013 and had a chance to chat with her alone in the Green Room before she went on stage.



Debbie Mazella, Magic 98.3 and Doris Roberts.

Debbie Mazella, Magic 98.3 and Doris Roberts.

Before our chat, I introduced myself to her manager Michael Cannata, as the photographer, and also to the show’s moderator Debbie Mazella from Magic 98.3 and then I went up to Doris Roberts and asked who she was, (jokingly of course), and not surprisingly she gave me one of those looks usually reserved for her fictitious daughter in-law, Debra Barone.



Her first big theatrical role.

Her first big theatrical role.

The lovable Doris told me about her latest movie due to be shown in November 2013 where she plays the role of a Grandmother in the latest remake of “Little Rascals”. Her favorite memory while making the movie was of how each of the children in the cast, ages ranging from 5-11, and whose personalities were not at all the depicted misfits in the storyline, gave her a warm hug at the beginning of each day on the set.









From Russia with love?

From Russia with love?

Did you know the Russians have their own show, “Everybody loves Sacha”? The American directors went over to help the “Soviets” with the show and suggested it be screened in front of a live audience. Despite several efforts to convince the Russian team of how and audience would greatly benefit the show’s dynamics they resisted but later admitted it was because they could not afford to buy chairs for the audience.



Doris Roberts and Neil Anthony of 21st Century Digital Photography.

Doris Roberts and Neil Anthony of 21st Century Digital Photography.

So why do I think Marie Barone “loves Neil”? Well during the evening’s performance the actress shared that she once attended a ‘Weight Watchers’ group and the group leader went around the room and asked each person what it was they wanted from the group. When they got to Doris, she said, “a man dipped in chocolate.” Well later that evening back in the Green Room a number of people had gathered for me to take their photos with the star and I of course seized the opportunity to have my own picture taken too, (with the help of my favorite blogger, Robin Birkel.) I soon realized that I was the only black man in the room, so I surprised everyone by announcing as I approached Doris for my photo opp, “As you can see, I have already been dipped in chocolate”. Rapturous, ‘chest heaving’ laughter filled the room and with a big smile, Doris Roberts declared that she will use my amusing remark in her future events. So there you see, ‘Everybody Loves Neil’.

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