Is Patricia Heaton ‘America’s Mom’?

You might call Patricia Heaton “America’s  Mom”: She played the harried mom of three kids (including twins) for nine years on Everybody Loves Raymond. She has starred for five years as the hanging-by-a-thread mom on The Middle. And now she’s on the big screen as the flummoxed mom of a teenage girl in the new comedy Moms’ Night Out. So, Patricia Heaton must really like playing mothers, right? Well, yes, but that comes with a caveat: “Let me clear up …

Doris Roberts Leaves ‘em Laughing, but No One Knows Why

Doris Roberts is the kind of dinner partner who can keep you laughing through the French onion soup, the Waldorf salad, the poached salmon and even the strawberry short cake, although afterwards you wonder what it was she said that made everything so funny. I pondered the subject over a glass of cognac one gentle summer evening during a party at the home of a mutual friend while Roberts entertained a guest on her other side who, later, also couldn’t …