Doris Roberts

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 05: Doris Roberts at the 13th Annual Angel Aw

Roberts in 2006, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Doris May Green

Date of Birth: November 4, 1925

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: April 17, 2016

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Doris Roberts was an American actress.

She was raised by her mother, Ann (Meltzer), and stepfather, Chester H. Roberts. Her biological father was Lewis Abraham Green (Greenberg). Doris’s parents were both Jewish, as was her stepfather. All of her grandparents were born in Russia. Doris’s birth father was related to vaudeville performer Henry Lewis (born Henry Levine).

Doris was married to novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, editor, and teacher William Goyen, until his death. She had a son with her former husband Michael E. Cannata.

Doris’s paternal grandfather was Charles Greenberg (the son of Louis Greenberg and Ida Schwartz).

Doris’s paternal grandmother was named Dora Katie Aronowsky.

Doris’s maternal grandfather was named Jacob Meltzer.

Doris’s maternal grandmother was named Bessie Morris.

Sources: Genealogy of Doris Roberts –

Doris’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:


    Why is there no mention of her father Larry Green?

    • follers says:

      I’m not sure Larry is the name, although it may have been. I don’t think Roberts mentioned her birth father’s name in her book autobiography.

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