Rose Freeman

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Freeman, Rose March 4, 2012 Rose Freeman of Santa Monica passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, March fourth, with her daughters Robin Freeman Bernstein, Lisa Freeman and Susan Freeman Mann by her side. Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, Rose made her journey out west at age eighteen to become an actress and soon began performing onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse. There she met her late husband Leonard, when both worked in a production of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". Also known as Joan Taylor, she starred in such science fiction classics as "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers" and "20 Million Miles to Earth" and westerns such as "Rose Marie", "Apache Woman" and "Warpaint". But one of her favorite roles was on the small screen where she played Miss Millie in "The Rifleman" starring alongside Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford. Later in life, after the death of her husband Leonard, Rose transitioned into managing her late husband's most beloved creation - "Hawaii Five-O". Its enduring legacy has remained and last year she was honored to pass the torch to executive producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, which continues on today. Rose is survived by her brothers Tom and David Emma, her six grandchildren, Heather, Lindsey, Matthew, Lucie, Jackson and Bea, as well as Robin's husband Nat, Lisa's partner Phranc and Susan's husband Danny. Memorial services will be held later this week in celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Memory of Rose Freeman to: Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, CA 90049 and Skirball Hospice, 6345 Balboa Blvd., Suite 213, Encino, CA 91316.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 7, 2012