And we often went to the priest to talk about our marital problems, so it was pretty much woven into the fabric of the characters.There was one episode which dealt specifically with Ray not going to church and the rest of the family going.I think that this is more about countering this idea that if you're a Christian, you don't go out and have fun, and you don't go out to be entertained, and you're some kind of dour, Bible-thumping killjoy who doesn't want to have any fun.People tend to be easily offended when it comes to religious humor. I think there's a difference when you make fun of yourself and your own behavior, and when you dishonor or disrespect Christ. But if you're just joking about human foibles and weaknesses, I think that's perfectly acceptable.contributing editor Dotson Rader in her elegant duplex pied-a-terre overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park. I have to get up early.’ And as I’d pass Willie’s door, he’d beckon for me to come in, point to the bottom of his bed and that’s where I slept.”What happened to Willie? The 88-year-old star offered drinks and cookies and then spoke candidly about her life and career, absent fathers and families, men, celebrity, and the current state of television.
Maybe you didn't even know you were hearing it, but I think it's the one thing that attracted people. [LAUGHS]”Your marriage to Michael Cannata, your first, didn’t last. None of the men in my life ever wanted me to be successful. He died of leukemia.”Marriage seems hazardous for celebrities. You’re a part of our family.’ When you get told that you think, ‘I’m really something.’ Well, you’re not. I hate narcissism.”The average person seems to identify with you. Something was wrong with me, otherwise my father would never have left my mother.”That must have hurt a lot.“You get through it. He lived with my grandparents in the same apartment with us. We got more laughs just giving each other dirty looks than anything else. When he was ill, he came to me and asked, ‘Should I tell them? Roberts supports the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund/Myeloma Foundation ]Ray Romano? A really good human being, which is the most important part. I don’t think they have it at home and so they can’t bring it into their life when they’re grownups. “The women are overwhelmed.”What about gay marriage? If you fall in love with someone, why can’t you have what everybody else has? I had two marriages, and I didn’t make it as long as they did. This is a terrible statement to make but I’m going to make it. When you were 10-years-old your father deserted your mom and you. “I always thought he left us because I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough. After high school in Manhattan you attended NYU, but you left school to act. Tomato.’ And I heard the laughter in the room, and the bug bit me.”You were very successful for 20 years in New York theatre. Why don’t you want somebody like that in your movie? We should be taught to embrace it, not be afraid of it.”Tell me about Peter Boyle and Ray Romano of .“When Peter Boyle and I met for the first time on the show it was as if we had known each other for 45 years.It was consistent about this [being] our family: These are our issues, and this is how we forgive each other, and this is how we go through.It was all done with humor, and I think it's what made us hugely popular.