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“I started in show business when sex was a dirty word and the air was clean.” Rose Marie
Born in 1923, American actress Rose Marie began her career as a child performer. Using the moniker “Baby Rose Marie,” she enjoyed success with her own radio show on NBC and as a vaudeville performer. She also appeared in a number of shorts and records. After a short break to pursue her studies in the late 1930s, Rose Marie, now using the name “Miss Rose Marie,” tried to revitalize her career in the early 1940s. She spent most of the decade performing in night clubs but in 1946, became one of the headliners for the opening of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, which was built by mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.
Rose Marie began making guest appearances on television in the early 1950s and had become a household name by the early 1960s thanks to her Emmy nominating portrayal of Sally Rogers on the popular CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-1966). Nearly four decades after the show's demise, she recreated the role in the 2004 TV special “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.” Rose Marie also appeared in “My Sister Eileen” (1960-1961), “The Doris Day Show” (1969-1971), “S.W.A.T.” (1975), “Murphy Brown” (1990-1991), “Hardball” (1994), “Wings” (1997), “The Hughleys” (2001) and “The Maid Man” (2003). She was also a regular panelist on “The Hollywood Squares” from 1966 to 1981. Ms. Rose Marie has acted in several motion pictures, including “Top Banana” (1954), “Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round” (1966), “The Man from Clover Grove” (1975), “Lunch Wagon” (1981) and “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth” (2000).
On October 3, 2001, Rose Marie was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to her contribution to television.
Childhood and Family:
Rose Marie Mazetta was born on August 15, 1923, in New York City, New York. Her father, Frank Mazetta, was of Italian American descent and her mother, Stella Gluszcak, was of Polish American lineage. She has a half brother named Frank Curly.
Rose was married to musician Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death on May 27, 1964. Her husband at one time served as the lead trumpeter for the NBC orchestra on “The Tonight Show.” They shared one daughter together, Georgiana. Recalling her husband’s death, Rose Marie said, “We were a little too close. When I lost Bobby, I lost half my life.”
The Hollywood Squares
A born entertainer, Rose Marie won a singing contest at New York City’s Mecca Theater when she was only three years old. She continued to perform under the name “Baby Rose Marie” and by age 5, had emerged as a radio star with her own radio show on NBC. She also made several musical shorts, such as “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder” (1929), “Rambling Round Radio Row #4” (1932), “Back in '23” (1933), “Sing, Babies, Sing” (1933), “Rambling 'Round Radio Row” (1934) and “At the Mike” (1934) and performed across the country during the last days of vaudeville. The then-10 year old talented youth also performed the song “My Bluebird's Singing the Blues” on “International House” (1933), a comedy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland. In 1937, at age 14, she left show business to focus on her education.
Rose Marie made a return to show business in 1942 and was billed as “Miss Rose Marie.” She, however, had a tough time reviving her career and worked primarily at night clubs during the 1940s. After getting married and having a daughter, she stopped traveling and began focusing her attention on television and films.
In the early 1950s, Rose Marie made guest appearances in a string of comedy and variety shows, including “The Buick-Berle Show,” “Cavalcade of Stars,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Colgate Comedy Hour” and “The George Jessel Show.” Her feature acting debut occurred when she reprised her stage role of Betty Dillon from the 1951 Broadway musical “Top Banana” in a film adaptation in 1954, directed by Alfred E. Green. She returned to features four years later with a supporting role in the comedy musical “The Big Beat” (1958), helmed by Will Cowan and written by David P. Harmon. In between the films, Rose Marie guest starred in various shows, such as CBS' comedy “The Red Skelton Hour” (1955), the western show “Gunsmoke” (1957), ABC's “The Adventures of Jim Bowie” (1958), NBC's “M Squad” (1958) and the crime show “The D.A.'s Man” (1958, as Doris Hanley). She also played the recurring role of Martha during the final season of the Robert Cummings sitcom “The Bob Cummings Show” (6 episodes, 1958-1959).
Following a guest spot in CBS' “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” Rose Marie costarred with Elaine Stritch, Shirley Bonne and Jack Weston in the CBS sitcom “My Sister Eileen,” which ran from October 5, 1960, until April 21, 1961. After “My Sister Eileen” ended, Rose Marie got her big break when she was cast as television comedy writer Sally Rogers on the sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (CBS, 1961-1966), opposite Dick Van Dyke and Morey Amsterdam. The role brought her three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress (1963, 1964 and 1966).
In 1966, Rose Marie resumed her film career by costarring with her “The Dick Van Dyke Show” costar Morey Amsterdam in the comedy flop “Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title,” for director Harmon Jones, and portraying Margaret Kirby in the James Coburn crime vehicle “Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round,” written and directed by Bernard Girard. It was also in 1966 that she began her regular stint in the original version of Peter Marshall's “The Hollywood Squares.” She would later appear as a guest in “The New Hollywood Squares” (7 episodes, 1986-1988) and “H2: Hollywood Squares” (5 episodes, 2003).
In the late 1960s, Rose Marie had episodic roles in such shows as “The Monkees,” “Occasional Wife,” “Hey, Landlord,” “The Virginian,” “The Danny Thomas Hour,” “My Three Sons” and “My Friend Tony” before securing her next regular role on the CBS situation comedy series “The Doris Day Show” (1968-1973), which starred Doris Day. In the series, she portrayed Doris Martin's friend and coworker from 1969 to 1971. After leaving the show, Rose Marie starred in the short lived series “Honeymoon Suite” (1972), had a recurring role as Hilda in the ABC series “S.W.A.T.” (6 episodes, 1975) and appeared in episodes of “Adam-12” (2 episodes, 1972-1973), “Petrocell” (1 episode, 1974), “Kojak” (1 episode, 1975), “Get Christie Love” (1 episode, 1975), “Chico and the Man” (1 episode, 1976) and “Flying High” (1 episode, 1979). She also appeared as a housekeeper in the independent film “Memory of Us” (1974), opposite Ellen Geer, Robert Hogan and Peter Brown, and portrayed Sister Mary in “The Man from Clover Grove” (1975), which was written and directed by William Byron Hillman. From 1977 to 1981, Rose Marie joined the American touring company of the musical revue “4 Girls 4,” with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, and Margaret Whiting.
Rose Marie next supported Mac Davis, Tovah Feldshuh and Jack Gilford in the comedy film “Cheaper to Keep Her” and portrayed Mrs. Schmeckler in “Lunch Wagon,” a comedy starring Pamela Jean Bryant, Rosanne Katon and Candy Moore (both 1981). Four years later, she teamed up with Todd Allen, Clare Bristol and Burke Byrnes in “Witchboard” (1986), a horror film directed and written by Kevin Tenney. The 1980s also saw her in episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Hail to the Chief,” “Brothers,” “Remington Steele” and “Duet” as well as in the NBC TV film “Bridge Across Time” (1985), which starred David Hasselhoff and Stepfanie Kramer.
During 1990-1991, Rose Marie had a two episode role in the CBS comedy series “Murphy Brown.” She next played Mrs. Edna Bracken in the CBS short lived series “Scorch” (1992), which was canceled after 3 episodes, Mitzi Balzer in Fox's short lived comedy “Hardball” (1994), which was axed after seven episodes, and Stella Dawson in NBC's “Caroline in the City” (2 episodes, 1996-1997). She also appeared in NBC's “Wings” (1997), “Suddenly Susan” (1997) and “Hey Arnold” (1998), among other television shows, and in the independent thriller “Sandman” (1993), which was directed by and starred Eric Woster. In 1995, she portrayed Mitzi Glass in the television film sequel “Cagney & Lacey: Together Again” (1995) and supported David Spade and Ever Carradine in the Jeff Pollack helmed romantic comedy “Lost & Found” (1999). She then had an unaccredited voice gig in Gus Van Sant's “Psycho” (1998), which starred Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen and William H. Macy.
Entering the new millennium, Rose Marie portrayed Mrs. Tingle in the direct to video spoof movie “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth” (2000), directed by John Blanchard. Costars of the video included Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tom Arnold, Coolio, Julie Benz, Harley Cross, Majandra Delfino, Simon Rex and Danny Strong. She was then cast in an episode of UPN's “The Hughleys” called “Darryl, Family Counselor” (2001) and played Sylvia in the episode “The Maid Man” of Fox's “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (2003). Still in 2003, she appeared in a television special starring Tracey Ullman called “Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales” and provided the voice of The Secretary in the animated series “The Alan Brady Show,” a spin off of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The following year, she reprised her famous role of Sally Rogers in the TV special “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited” (2004), which brought together the old cast of the 1960s' hit show.
“I've been in show business my whole life. Why start something new now,” Rose Marie (at age 80, when asked about retirement plans).
More recently, Rose Marie made appearances in Mike Donahue spoof movie “Surge of Power” (2004), the 24 minute film “A Silent Star” (2008) and Stuart Ross' musical “Forever Plaid.”