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Friday, December 29, 2017

Remembering Rose Marie 1923 - 2017

Actress Rose Marie, who died Thursday at age 94, was best known for her role as TV comedy writer Sally Rogers on the 1961-66 CBS sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, for which she received three Emmy Award nominations. Other television credits include the 1960-61 CBS sitcom, My Sister Eileen, the 1966-81 NBC/syndicated game show, The Hollywood Squares (as a regular panelist), two seasons (1969-71) of the CBS sitcom, The Doris Day Show (as Doris's friend and co-worker Myrna Gibbons), the 1992 CBS sitcom, Scorch, and the 1994 Fox sitcom, Hardball (as the owner of an American League baseball team).

Born Rose Marie Mazzetta, she started performing at age three as "Baby Rose Marie" and, at five, became an NBC radio star. She was then a nightclub performer as a teenager before becoming a radio comedian. She appeared on Broadway in the 1951 musical comedy, Top Banana, and the 1972 comedy, Fun City (co-written by and starring Joan Rivers). And from 1977 to 1985, Rose Marie toured the United States with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell and Margaret Whiting in the musical revue, 4 Girls 4.

Her feature film credits include International House (1933), Top Banana (1954), The Big Beat (1958), Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966), Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Cheaper to Keep Her (1981), Lunch Wagon (1981), Witchboard (1986), Sandman (1993), Psycho (1998) as the uncredited voice of Norma Bates, Lost & Found (1999), Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000) and Wait for Your Laugh (a 2017 documentary about her life). And she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Rose Marie's life and career.

The 1933 short, Rambling 'Round Radio Row #3, with Bill Hall

A 1952 performance of "My Mama Says No No"

CBS's My Sister Eileen (1960-61) with Elaine Stritch

The Dick Van Dyke Show on November 28, 1962

Two episodes of NBC's The Monkees on October 24, 1966, and March 20, 1967

ABC's The Hollywood Palace on March 23, 1968, with Sidney Miller

The Doris Day Show on November 10, 1969

Rose Marie, Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell and Margaret Whiting appeared together as 4 Girls 4 on The Mike Douglas Show (March 2, 1978, and April 27, 1979) and The Merv Griffin Show (February 20, 1979, in Las Vegas).

The 1986 Showtime special, The Garry Shandling Show: 25th Anniversary Special, with Donny Osmond

Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam were interviewed on Reunion with host J.J. Wall.

Hardball (which debuted during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike)

NBC's Caroline and the City on February 1, 1996, with Morey Amsterdam

Rose Marie discussed The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Hollywood Squares in an Archive of American Television interview on September 22, 1999.

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