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Rose Marie

  • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Birthday: August 15
Date of passing: 
December 28, 2017

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Rose Marie was an American actress, singer, and comedian.

Rose Marie’s career ultimately spanned over nine decades and included film, radio, records, theater, nightclubs and television.

As a child performer, she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. At her height of fame as a child singer, from late 1929 to 1934, she had her own radio show, made numerous records, and was featured in a number of Paramount films and shorts. She continued to appear in films through the mid-1930s, making shorts and one feature picture, International House (1933), with W. C. Fields for Paramount.

Rose Marie was an American actress, singer, and comedian.

Rose Marie’s career ultimately spanned over nine decades and included film, radio, records, theater, nightclubs and television.

As a child performer, she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. At her height of fame as a child singer, from late 1929 to 1934, she had her own radio show, made numerous records, and was featured in a number of Paramount films and shorts. She continued to appear in films through the mid-1930s, making shorts and one feature picture, International House (1933), with W. C. Fields for Paramount.

Rose Marie was a nightclub and lounge performer in her teenage years before becoming a radio comedian. She was billed then as "The Darling of the Airwaves." According to her autobiography, Hold the Roses, she was assisted in her career by many members of organized crime, including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel. She performed at the opening night of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was built by Siegel.

She was widely known for her role on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), as television comedy writer Sally Rogers. Later she portrayed Myrna Gibbons on The Doris Day Show and was a 14-year panelist on the game show, The Hollywood Squares.

From 1977 to 1985, Rose Marie co-starred with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, and Margaret Whiting in the musical revue 4 Girls 4, which toured the United States and appeared on television several times.

She is the subject of a 2017 documentary film, Wait for Your Laugh, with interviews from co-stars including Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall and Tim Conway.

Rose Marie died December 28, 2017, in Van Nuys, California. She was 94.

 

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