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Actress Doris Roberts, smiles during a ceremony at the State Department honoring thAmbassadors, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2004 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Doris Roberts, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died, a family spokeswoman said. She was 90.

Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said Monday. Daily was told of the death by Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Roberts had been healthy and active, Daily said.

Last month, Roberts appeared at an actors’ union event that focused on the scarcity of female directors in entertainment. She asked the panel why there were so few roles for elder actors.

Roberts won four Emmy Awards for her work on “Raymond,” receiving a total of seven nominations as best supporting actress for the sitcom.

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