Rose Marie, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ stalwart, dies at 94

  • Rose Marie Mazetta, U.S. film and television actress and singer known professionally as Rose Marie, was an American actress, with a career spanning nine decades. File photo from "The Dick Van Dyke Show," circa 1963. Rose Marie had been resting in bed at her Los Angeles-area home when she died and was found by a caretaker, said family spokesman Harlan Boll. She was 94. (Avalon/Zuma Press/TNS) Avalon

New York Daily News
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Rose Marie, known best for her role as comedy writer Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday. She was 94.

The legendary actress, who was born in New York City in 1923, starred in her own NBC radio show at 5 years old. Years later, she worked as a teenage nightclub singer before returning to the radio.

Rose Marie debuted on TV in 1960 in “My Sister Eileen,” playing Bertha, the friend of Sherwood sisters Ruth (Elaine Stritch) and Eileen (Shirley Boone).

But her five-season run as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” made her a star, earning her three Emmy nominations over the course of the show.

She later guested on shows including “The Monkees,” “My Three Sons” and “The Doris Day Show,” as well as a stage role in “Bye Bye Birdie.”

She also had a touring song-and-comedy act called 4 Girls 4, starring Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting and Helen O’Connell, from 1977 to 1985. Clooney’s nephew George briefly drove the tour bus.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, the actress frequently occupied the upper center square on “Hollywood Squares.”

Later in life, she made appearances on “Murphy Brown,” “Wings” and “Caroline in the City.”

Rose Marie was married to “Tonight Show” trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until he died in 1964. She is survived by daughter Georgiana and son-in-law Steven Rodrigues.