Everybody Loves Raymond star, Doris Roberts was an actress and author who rocked the screen for nearly six decades. She secured five Emmys throughout her career, which began in 1951 when she landed a role on Studio One.\u00a0 While Roberts may have earned four of her five Emmys while working on Everybody Loves Raymond, who was the actress before she became Marie? Before Marie, There Was Maude Photo Credit: Everett Collection In the early '70s, Doris Roberts toured with comedian, Sid Caesar for the play, Last of the Red Hot Lovers.\u00a0While on tour, Roberts received a call to join the production of\u00a0Maude on CBS. In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation, she reflected on her first denial of joining the cast due to her tour. "They asked if I could come out and I said no," Roberts said. "I'm in the middle of a Summer Stock production and I can't get out." Once the network's executives realized they could not get Doris Roberts immediately, they halted production until she was available. RELATED: 122 Classic (and Not-So-Classic) TV Sitcoms from the 1970s Finally, Roberts finished her performances and made her way to Los Angeles. Right off the plane, she met with the famous Bea Arthur. Producers immediately saw how connected the duo was. Roberts recalled she and Arthur's witty banter and friendship. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vU72jYGLC5ig&featureyoutu.be "Bea and I were old friends," Roberts told the foundation. "We were wearing outfits that were done by the same woman in New York called BeBe." She laughed and reminisced on how she and Arthur purchased the outfits in different colors\u2014 hers in blue, Arthur's in black. As a result of their first rehearsal, Arthur told Roberts that she fit the role of Maude\u2019s best friend Vivian, and encouraged her to sign on. Roberts recalled her surprise when Arthur mentioned the role as a regular character, saying that she had no idea. She told the Television Academy Foundation that Arthur said, "Honey, do it. You\u2019ll make more money in one day than you do for a week on Broadway.\u201d Doris Roberts Fired Before Her 'Maude' Debut In spite of her success during rehearsal, Doris Roberts received a visit from producer Rob Parker shortly after arriving at her motel. \u201cHe came over and he sat down,\u201d Roberts explained. \u201cHe said, Honey, we\u2019ve made a mistake.\u2019 Of course, my blood just drained from me. He said, \u2018You\u2019re like a little Bea Arthur\u2019.\u201d Photo Credit: Everett Collection Doris Roberts went on to explain how she and Arthur shared traits that matched a little too well. In addition to their close friendship, the stars' comedic routines were too similar to fit together in one program. Because of this, Maude's producers decidedly went in a different direction. \u201cI never would have played it that way if I had known,\u201d Roberts remarked, thinking back to her routine. \u201cAnd so I was fired.\u201d Open Doors and New Opportunities Despite her loss, Doris Roberts viewed the experience as a new launchpad for her career. Photo Credit: Everett Collection In 1996, Doris Roberts joined the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond as Marie Barone. With this opportunity, the actress made sitcom history in a show that remained popular for years.