published Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Life expo features actress Doris Roberts

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    Doris Roberts attends the Museum of Television & Radio Annual Gala in Beverly Hills, California in this file photo.
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IF YOU GO

What: Third annual Life, an Expo for Boomers & Seniors sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center

Cost: $5. Tickets may be bought at Times Free Press, 400 E. 11th St.; timesfreepress.com; Trust Federal Credit Union; or at the door.

Parking: Expo visitors can park for free in the nearby Siskin and SunTrust lots and Trade Center parking garage.

Other sponsors: Memorial Health Care System, HealthSpring, Audiology Services of Chattanooga, Jody Millard Pest Control.

Emmy-winning actress Doris Roberts, best known for playing Ray Romano's mother on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," will appear at next month's Life, an Expo for Boomers & Seniors.

The event, sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, will showcase products, health screenings, financial planning, assisted living and real estate options, home-improvement ideas, travel suggestions and more.

The Life expo also will feature seminars about issues important to today's boomers and seniors.

Roberts, an accomplished stage actress, has 30 years of award-winning performances, including in Terence O'Malley's "Bad Habits" and Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers."

On TV, she appeared on "The Lily Tomlin Show," "Remington Steele," "Barney Miller," "Full House" and "Soap," among others.

Jason Taylor, president of the Times Free Press, said he was excited to have such an accomplished actress at the Life Expo.

"Doris Roberts has been making America laugh for decades," he said. "Her timeless wit will be a great highlight of this year's event."

When Roberts took on the role Marie Barone for the nine-year run of "Everyone Loves Raymond," she became an internationally popular figure in the 160 countries where the series still airs.

She received four Emmys for her work on "Raymond" and a fifth for her dramatic portrayal as a victim of homelessness on "St. Elsewhere." She also has received three Best Actress awards from Viewers For Quality Television, an American Film Institute citation as one of the five top actresses on television, and critics awards from around the country.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a street named for her in her native Bronx.

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