Film, stage, and television star Doris Belack passed away on October 4, 2011. I will always remember her as Illeana Douglas' mother in the Off-Broadway show "Surviving Grace" (where I got to meet her) and for her guest starring role on "The Golden Girls" as "Gloria," "Dorothy's" sister (played by Bea Arthur). She touched my life with laughter and I will forever remember her for that!
The rest of the world will probably remember her as tough-minded producer "Rita Marshall" in "Tootsie" and as "Judge Margaret Barry," a recurring character on "Law & Order" from 1999-2001. Her final TV appearance was in 2003 as "Lenore" in "Sex and The City's" "Hop, Skip, and a Week."
Doris made her Broadway debut in "Semi-Detached," which was produced by her husband Philip Rose (who was best known as one of the producers on the original produciton of Broadway's "A Raisin In The Sun," he passed away on May 31, 2011). Doris' other theatrical credits include "The Heroine," "Nathan Weinstein," "Mystic, Connecticut," "The Ninety Day Mistress," and "The Cemetery Club."
Doris got most of her early work in soap operas. She was the original "Anna Wolek Craig" on "One Life to Live" and played the lead role of a captain of an undercover anticrime unit of the NYPD in the short-lived television sitcom called "Baker's Dozen."
Thank you Doris for making so many of us laugh and be touched by your work!