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Also Known As: Baby Rose Marie, Rose Marie Mazetta, Baby Rose Marie Died:
Born: August 15, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, comedian

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Rose Marie first tasted stardom at the age of three, and grew up to become a beloved and respected veteran of the entertainment industry. She launched her career as radio star and singing sensation Baby Rose Marie, captivating audiences with her cute-as-a-button charm and vocal talent. Marie soon starred in her own film and television specials, performing alongside the likes of W.C. Fields and George Burns. After dropping Baby from her stage name, Marie developed into a seasoned performer by the time she was a teenager, headlining nightclubs and performing at grand openings of five-star Las Vegas casino resorts. Marie enjoyed her second shot at stardom during her adult years, mostly for her portrayal of wisecracking writer Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). Playing an independent, determined and funny female character in a male-dominated work environment, Marie helped change how women were portrayed in Hollywood. After "The Dick Van Dyke Show" ended, Marie remained an industry staple, from acting on primetime comedies, to her regular stint as a celebrity panelist on the long-running game show "Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1966-1980; syndicated, 1998-2004; GSN, 2002-03). With a...

Rose Marie first tasted stardom at the age of three, and grew up to become a beloved and respected veteran of the entertainment industry. She launched her career as radio star and singing sensation Baby Rose Marie, captivating audiences with her cute-as-a-button charm and vocal talent. Marie soon starred in her own film and television specials, performing alongside the likes of W.C. Fields and George Burns. After dropping Baby from her stage name, Marie developed into a seasoned performer by the time she was a teenager, headlining nightclubs and performing at grand openings of five-star Las Vegas casino resorts. Marie enjoyed her second shot at stardom during her adult years, mostly for her portrayal of wisecracking writer Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). Playing an independent, determined and funny female character in a male-dominated work environment, Marie helped change how women were portrayed in Hollywood. After "The Dick Van Dyke Show" ended, Marie remained an industry staple, from acting on primetime comedies, to her regular stint as a celebrity panelist on the long-running game show "Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1966-1980; syndicated, 1998-2004; GSN, 2002-03). With a passion and dedication to entertaining audiences, Marie carried out one of the most influential and remarkable careers in entertainment.

Rose Marie Mazetta was born on Aug. 15, 1923 in New York City to an Italian-American father and Polish-American mother. She began performing at three, winning an amateur contest held at the Mecca Theatre in Manhattan. Billed as Baby Rose Marie, she had landed her own NBC radio show by the time she was five. The nationally syndicated radio show earned Marie the nickname the "Darling of the Airwaves." One of her first starring roles was in the short film "Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder" (1929). The precocious young star also appeared in a number of variety specials, often wearing cute costumes, including a polka-dotted sailor suit, and belting out musical numbers. Even as a child, Marie displayed the finesse of a seasoned performer that would rival Shirley Temple several years later. Marie made her feature film debut in "International House" (1933) as a featured performer opposite W.C. Fields, George Burns, and Bela Lugosi. Even though Marie's father managed her, she revealed in her 2003 autobiography Hold the Roses that members of the Mafia, including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, had a hand in shaping her career. Years later, she was even invited as one of the headliners during the opening night of Siegel's Flamingo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, NV.

After dropping "Baby" from her stage name, Marie continued to perform at nightclubs and vaudeville shows across the country well into her teenage years. She married trumpeter Bobby Guy in 1946, with whom she had one child. Marie was cast in her first film as an actual actress opposite Phil Silvers in the 1954 musical comedy "Top Banana." Her acting debut led Marie to a career resurgence in the late 1950s as a television actress. Guest appearances on "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS, 1959-1963), and a recurring role on "My Sister Eileen" (CBS, 1960-61) allowed the actress to establish a larger television fan base. Marie became a household name in 1961 when she joined the cast of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which starred Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, a writer for the fictional program "The Alan Brady Show," and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife, Laura Petrie. Marie played Sally Rogers, a wisecracking and strong-willed writer who works with Rob on "The Alan Brady Show." Inspired by real-life television writers Selma Diamond and Lucille Kallen, Marie's character lives in an apartment with her cat, Mr. Henderson. She is set on finding a husband and entertains guests at dinner parties with philosophical quotes from her Aunt Agnes in Cleveland. Marie was also lauded for portraying a working woman, which was rarely seen on television during that time, and earned three Emmy Award nominations (1963, 1964, 1966) for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress.

Marie retained a strong presence in the television industry even after "The Dick Van Dyke Show" wrapped production. She played another working woman on "The Doris Day Show" (CBS, 1968-1973), which centered around Day's character as a widow who takes on a job at a San Francisco magazine. She returned to stage performing in 1977, co-starring with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, and Margaret Whiting in the musical touring revue "4 Girls 4." She established an equally successful career outside of series acting with frequent guest appearances on game shows such as "Funny You Should Ask" (ABC, 1968-69) and "Stump the Stars" (CBS, 1949-1951, 1954-57; ABC, 1955). Yet it was on the long-running game show "Hollywood Squares" that gave Marie her second home in show business. She made her first appearance as a celebrity panelist in 1971 alongside her "Dick Van Dyke Show" co-star Morey Amsterdam on the tic-tac-toe inspired game show. Marie eventually became a regular on "Hollywood Squares," taking a semi-permanent spot in the panel's upper center square through the 1980s, and once again returning in 2003. Marie continued acting on television, often guest-starring as a central character's mother on shows such as "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97). In 2004, Marie reunited with her legendary co-stars Van Dyke and Moore on the CBS special, "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Surge of Power (2006)
3.
 Lost & Found (1999) Clara
4.
 Broken Vessels (1998) Mr Chen'S Secretary
5.
 Sandman (1997)
6.
 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (1995) Mitzi Glass
7.
 Ghettoblaster (1989)
8.
 Witchboard (1987) Mrs Moses
9.
 Terror At London Bridge (1985) Alma Bellock
10.
 Cheaper to Keep Her (1980) Ida Bracken
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1926:
Won a singing contest at the Mecca Theater (NYC) at the age of 3 (date approximate)
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Billed as 'Baby Rose Marie', had her own radio show (NBC)
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Took her singing act across the country during vaudeville's last days
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Made a series of musical shorts in the 1930s
1933:
Appeared in the feature "International House" as 'Baby Rose Marie'
1937:
"Retired" from show business
1942:
Returned to show business, billed as 'Miss Rose Marie'; worked the nightclub circuit in the 1940s
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Began making dramatic guest appearances on TV in the early 1950s
1954:
Played second banana to Phil Silvers in "Top Banana", a feature reprise of his Broadway show
1960:
Had recurring role as Bertha Bronsky on CBS series "My Sister Eileen"
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Portrayed Sally Rogers, her most memorable role, in the classic CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
1966:
Starred with TV pal Morey Amsterdam in the feature bomb "Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title"
1966:
Played Margaret Kirby in "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round"
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Celebrity panelist on NBC's daytime "Hollywood Squares"
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Had regular role (Myrna Gibbons) on "The Doris Day Show" (CBS)
1980:
Portrayed Mrs. Schmeckler in the feature "Lunch Wagon"
1990:
Appeared as Frank Fontana's mother, Rose Fontana, in CBS comedy "Murphy Brown"
1994:
Played Mitzi Balzer, the sharp-tongued owner of the Pioneers, in Fox's short-lived series "Hardball"
1996:
Last screen teaming with Morey Amsterdam, guest appearance as a married couple on the NBC sitcom "Caroline in the City"
1997:
Featured in "Vaudeville" episode of "American Masters" (PBS)
2001:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 4)
2004:
Revised her role as Sally Rogers in "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited", a television special which brought together the old cast of the 1960's hit show
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Notes

Some sources give 1925 as her birthdate.

For the opening of Bugsy Siegal's Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Rose Marie headlined with Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat. "They brought busloads of movie stars and Hollywood people in for the opening, but when they left, everyone else left too. I think they were a little afraid of us up there." --Rose Marie, quoted in the press material for Fox's "Hardball"

"There were so many great performers that came from vaudeville; I feel sorry for performers who never had that background . . . I knew everybody in that circuit, Burns and Allen, Al Jolson . . . those are my roots. I learned everything from there. I worked with all the best people in the world--my whole education in show business came from vaudeville." --Rose Marie in NEW YORK POST, November 26, 1997

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husband:
Bobby Guy. Trumpet player. Worked with renowned band leader Kay Kayser.

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mother:
Stella Gluscak Curly. Died on November 6, 2000 at age 93.
half-brother:
Frank Curly.
daughter:
Georgiana Marie Guy. Born on May 18, 1947.

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