Respected entertainment personality Rose Marie, who made a name for herself as a child singer at the age of five, and who is best-remembered for her role as the sharp-witted comedy writer Sally Rogers in the hit sitcom of the sixties, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday (Dec. 28) at her home in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94.
Rose Marie is survived by her daughter Georgiana Marie “Noopy” and her son-in-law Steven Rodrigues. She was married to her late husband Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964. He was the NBC orchestra’s lead trumpeter on “The Tonight Show.”
Her death was announced through her official Twitter account: “It is with broken hearts that we share the terribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon.”
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 29, 2017
Read her “Official Obituary” on http://missrosemarie.com
Born Rose Marie Mazzetta in 1923, in Manhattan, New York, she is better recognized by her professional name Rose Marie.
She was destined for stardom and fame from the very beginning, tasting success very early in life, which lasted an entire lifetime, seeing her through six decades of different levels of successes.
Her popularity may have declined with advancing age, but a Twitter followership of 125,000 till the very end speaks volumes of her charismatic personality.
She started her career in entertainment as a three-year-old singer under the stage name “Baby Rose Marie”, going on to become an NBC radio star when she was just five, recording some of the most winning albums of the time.
Baby Rose Marie traveled extensively across the country to some of the top showbiz centers back in the days. Such was her fame that she even sang for presidents Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt.
She made early inroads into acting as well, starring in a 1929 short film, “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” and going on to star in feature films like “The Jazz Singer” and several others.
As a teenager, Rose Marie was a nightclub and lounge performer before she became “The Darling of the Airwaves” as a radio comedian.
From acting roles in Paramount Pictures films such as “International House” and “Big Broadcast of 1935,” to getting hired in 1946 by none than the infamous mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal as one of the headliners for the first “big-time” Las Vegas casino hotel, The Flamingo, Rose Marie’s journey from one success to another continued unabated.
And then came “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1961, instantly making the already-famous Rose Marie a household name. Her role as Sally Rogers, a wisecracking comedy writer in the sitcom, won many a heart across the length and breadth of the country. Even to this day, she is fondly remembered for her portrayal of the sharp-witted character.
Five seasons later, she moved over to the CBS Television network’s sitcom “The Doris Day Show.”
Rose Marie also has the distinction of appearing in every “reincarnation” of the mid-sixties’ hit game show “Hollywood Squares.”
Responding to a question about retirement, she had once said, “I’ve been in show business my whole life. Why start something new now?”
Rose Marie’s zest for life and entertainment did not diminish with advancing age; it just brought on a different kind of approach to keeping her fans entertained. She became active on social media, sharing memories of her Hollywood days and interesting personal trivia with her 125,000 Twitter followers.
Here’s a couple of Rose Marie’s recent posts:
Today is special to me, not just because it's Christmas, but because it's also my mother's birthday. Trust me when I tell you, you never get too old to miss your mother. pic.twitter.com/5AcJTFx3AF
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 26, 2017
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 18, 2017
Here are some celebrity reactions to the news of her death:
I was so sad to learn of the passing of Rosemarie. There's never been a more engaging & multi-talented performer. In a span of 90 years, since she was four, dear Rosie performed on radio, in vaudeville, night clubs, films, TV, & Vegas & always had audiences clamoring for "more!!"
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 29, 2017
RIP Rose Marie, one of the original (and terrific) wisecracking women in comedy. TV would never have been the same without her.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 29, 2017
Rest In Peace Rose Marie!
Thank you for bringing my family and I a lifetime of happiness and laughter! One of my greatest childhood memories was gathering around our 📺 set to watch “The Dick Van Dyke Show” Honored to have worked w you on the pilot “Faculty Lounge” Love you🌹
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) December 29, 2017
I’m heartbroken over the loss of Rose Marie. I met her years ago when she and Morey Amsterdam guested on Caroline in the City. We reconnected this year and there was nothing more delightful then seeing a text from her. What a life and career.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) December 29, 2017
Thanks for the all the laughs @RoseMarie4Real! So glad you could take your final bow while enjoying ANOTHER career high w/#WaitForYourLaugh & a new generation of fans who loved you. Your timing always was… perfection. #RIPRosie ❤️- mh https://t.co/OBcWdwvmk5
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 29, 2017