Her blonde hair adorned with her ever-present trademark black bow, veteran actress Rose Marie was perhaps best known as the wise-cracking, gravelly-voiced Sally Rogers on the The Dick Van Dyke Show. The actress played a comedy writer on the fictional The Alan Brady Show. The sixties sitcom aired for five years in a time when television roles for women rarely portrayed them in parts that didn’t include wives, girlfriends, sisters or domestics. Marie, who was 94, died of natural causes at her Los Angeles-area home Thursday afternoon.
Her nearly century-long career began as a child star in the twenties and thirties. Born in August of 1923 as Rose Marie Mazetta, she appeared on the New York stage at the very tender age of three, billed then as Baby Rose Marie.
Over the years, Marie worked in numerous stage roles before transitioning to film in the era of the first “talkies.” The multi-faceted entertainer became a popular night club performer and toured alongside Rosemary Clooney in the revue 4 Girls 4. When mobster Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel and Casino opened in 1946, she appeared along with such greats as Jimmy Durante and band leader Xavier Cugat. In time she would work with comics Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers and Milton Berle. Her television appearances spanned a wide-variety of genres, including the long-running Gunsmoke and the popular sitcom, My Three Sons.
But it was Carl Reiner’s groundbreaking sitcom co-starring with Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler and Morey Amsterdam that brought Marie wider fame. She earned three Emmy nominations for her work. In later years, she was a staple of the game show, The Hollywood Squares.
Marie was married once, to trumpeter Bobby Guy, who died in 1964. Their daughter, Georgiana, survives her.
Rose Marie on The Dick Van Show
Rose Marie on The Hollywood Squares