Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Doris Roberts’ Dead Husband Brings New Script To Life

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Everybody Loves Raymond mom Doris Roberts’ husband, William Goyen, died in 1983, but his words brought new life to the script of her latest movie.

Roberts just finished work on Our House, which debuts March 26 on the Hallmark Channel, and while the film focuses on the current problem of chronic homelessness, she felt the film would benefit from using a line written more than 20 years ago by her husband.

The line is: When we see infirm or handicapped or older people, or the homeless, we tend to turn away. We shun them and take away their light, and Roberts felt it so perfectly fit her character – a wealthy widow who helps out a homeless woman – that she lobbied the filmmakers to put it in the script.

As she puts it, “It’s a wonderful way to look at life because we do look away from them.”

But while the sitcom mom loves the sentiment in the line, she doesn’t always practice what it preaches.

She admits, “I still do look the other way at times, and I scream at myself for doing it.”

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