Las Vegas News Bureau Rose Marie in the Bugsy Suite at the Flamingo Hotel, March 4, 1993.
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017|1:13 a.m.
LOS ANGELES– Rose Marie chafed at being a supporting gamer in the shadow of Mary Tyler Moore’s bring suburban homemaker on “The Penis Van Dyke Program.”
But it was as lively comedy author Sally Rogers that Marie stretched the narrow confines of how females were portrayed on TELEVISION in the mid-20th century. Sally was an independent single woman who handled her job as adroitly as her male coworkers and who dated but refused to pine away for love.
Rose Marie, who died Thursday at 94, was happy to have developed a lady specified by her work, an uncommon sitcom character at the time who wasn’t “a better half, mother, or housemaid,” she tweeted in 2017.
It represented one milestone in an extraordinary performing and singing profession that started when she was a young child, extended over almost a century and consisted of success in theater, radio, nightclubs, motion pictures and TELEVISION.
“There’s never ever been a more interesting & & multi-talented entertainer … & always had audiences demanding more!!” Carl Reiner, creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” published Thursday on Twitter.
Rose Marie had been resting in bed at her Los Angeles-area home when a caretaker found she had actually stopped breathing, said family representative Harlan Boll. The cause of death wasn’t immediately divulged.
“Heaven just got a whole lot funnier” read the tribute posted atop an image of Rose Marie on her website.
The subject of the 2017 documentary “Wait on Your Laugh,” Rose Marie often declared she had the longest career in entertainment history. It covered some 90 years, with co-stars ranging from W.C. Fields (in the 1933 movie “International House”) to Garfield the feline.
The highlight for lots of was “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” the 1961-66 sitcom extensively loved for its sophisticated writing, inspired casting and informative view of the inner workings of the then-new medium of tv. Van Dyke starred as Rob Petrie, head writer for a hit comedy-variety program and Moore, in her very first major function, played his wife Laura.
The blonde, raspy-voiced Rose Marie teamed with her pal Morey Amsterdam as assistant authors.
“The Dick Van Dyke Program” not just was an ideal vehicle for Rose Marie’s comic presents, however was a showcase for her singing, with Sally vocalizing “Come Rain or Come Shine” and other old favorites during club and party scenes.
The actress had conflicts with Reiner, feeling bitter that Moore was given more prominence than her on the program. Reiner, speaking in “Await Your Laugh,” candidly pushed back. “I utilized genuine strong language,” he remembered. “I stated, ‘You both have gorgeous legs. They wan na take a look at her legs.'”
Nominated three times for Emmys, Rose Marie had yet to turn 40 when she signed up with the Van Dyke cast, however had actually been an entertainer for more than 30 years.
She was born Rose Marie Mazetta of Italian-Polish parentage in New york city City on Aug. 15, 1923. When she was 3, her mother entered her in an amateur talent contest in Atlantic City as Infant Rose Marie.
“My mother was horrified,” she recalled in a 1992 interview with The Associated Press. “However I headed out and sang ‘Exactly what Can I State, Dear, After I State I’m Sorry?’ and won the contest.”
She began singing on radio and was a hit on “The Rudy Vallee Hour.” NBC offered her a seven-year agreement and her own program, 15 minutes on Sunday. Her effective voice triggered rumors.
“Stories walked around that I was truly a 45-year-old midget,” she said in 1992. “So they sent me on a year-round individual look trip of theaters throughout the nation to show that I was a kid.”
Rose Marie sang in a series of motion picture shorts including “Baby Rose Marie, the Child Wonder” in 1929 and appeared on the majority of the vaudeville circuits until vaudeville’s death. Among her friends was one of the country’s most infamous gangsters.
“My dad worked as an arsonist for Al Capone,” Rose Marie told Individuals magazine in 2016. “He utilized to burn down your storage facility if things weren’t going properly, but I didn’t understand that at the time. I was a child star and to me Al was my ‘Uncle Al,’ my mother used to cook for all these guys.”
In 1946 she married Bobby Person, a trumpeter in Kay Kyser’s band and in the future leading NBC radio displays in Hollywood. They had a child, Georgiana. Guy was just 48 when he died suddenly of a blood infection in 1964– a loss so disastrous Rose Marie used black for a year and thought twice to take on work beyond “The Penis Van Dyke Show.”
One of her very first outdoors performances was on “The Dean Martin Show,” when she performed the melancholy ballad “Little Woman Blue.”
“Then Dean sang ‘(Smile),’ to me and I couldn’t assist it, the tears started putting down,” she recalled in her narrative “Hold the Roses,” published in 2003. “Then Dean kissed me and held me in his arms. It was rather a memorable moment.”
As Rose Marie (she never ever utilized a last name professionally), she delighted in new popularity on TELEVISION. Her surefire timing made her ideal casting as a supporting player and she appeared on “The Doris Day Show,” as the profane secretary to the star, and as Frank Fontana’s mom on “Murphy Brown.” For many years she was a regular on the “Hollywood Squares” quiz program.
She accompanied Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting in the late 1970s to tour in a hit nightclub act titled “4 Girls 4.”
Rose Marie starred in the Broadway musical “Top Banana” with Phil Silvers, but her experience on the 1954 movie variation resonated decades later in the aftermath of the several claims of unwanted sexual advances versus Harvey Weinstein.
A producer suggested that she would get more screen time if she had sex with him.
“And in front of everybody, I go, ‘You could not get it up if a flag went by,'” Rose Marie, spoke with for “Wait for Your Laugh,” remembered saying. “Which didn’t sit too well with him. All my numbers were cut in the photo.”
She received a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Popularity in 2001. In 2017, she extended her reach to social media, her Twitter feed rapidly attracting more than 100,000 followers.
“I was asked exactly what I wanted my legacy to be,” she composed in one tweet. “My response, ‘That I was good at my job & & loved every minute of it.’ I wish that for everybody.”
Rose Marie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Steven Rodrigues.