She had a nine decade career in Hollywood.
Rose Marie, who starred as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died today at the age of 94, according to multiple news sources.
According to the Associated Press, family spokesman Harlan Boll said Marie died Thursday in her Los Angeles-area home.
Born Rose Marie Mazetta Aug. 15, 1923, in New York City, she was performing professionally by age 3, billed as Baby Rose Marie, and belting out songs in a precociously strong voice. By age 5, she was a radio star, appearing on her own NBC radio show following the hugely popular “Amos and Andy” program. She made her feature film debut as a 9-year-old, performing in the W.C. Fields comedy “International House.” Throughout her childhood, she worked on vaudeville, a popular headline act, and she made a number of records.
As she aged out of her “Baby Rose Marie” childhood role, she transitioned to singing in nightclubs as a teenager, dropping the “Baby” and seeking stardom as an adult. In the 1950s, she starred on Broadway and radio, playing a role on “The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show.”
As illustrious as her childhood career had been – she was known as “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” for her remarkable voice – she suffered a bit of a career slump as a young adult. But her fortunes changed when she took a role on “The Dick Van Dyke” show in 1961. The popular sitcom brought her new stardom as she played Sally Rogers, a comedy writer for the sitcom’s show-within-a-show, “The Alan Brady Show.” Though she was nominated three times for an Emmy Award for her supporting role – in 1963, ’64 and ’66 – she never won.
After the strong success of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Rose Marie took on a new TV comedy role, playing Myrna Gibbons on “The Doris Day Show.” She was a regular on “The Hollywood Squares” for many years, and she had notable guest-star roles on shows including “The Monkees,” “Murphy Brown” and “Caroline in the City.”
In the 1970s and ’80s, Rose Marie joined Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting to form “4 Girls 4,” a musical revue that toured the U.S. and appeared on TV. Upon Whiting’s 2011 death, Rose Marie became the last surviving cast member.
Rose Marie was known for her signature hair bow, which had personal meaning for her that she preferred not to reveal. She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a number of personal items from her childhood stardom are displayed at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Guy, in 1964. She is survived by her daughter, Georgiana.
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