Rose Marie

American actress, singer, comedian, and vaudeville performer (1923–2017)

Rose Marie (born Rose Marie Mazzetta; August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017) was an American actress and comedienne, with a career spanning nine decades. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. A veteran of vaudeville, her career included film, radio, records, theater, night clubs, and television.

Rose Marie
Marie in 2010
Rose Marie Mazzetta

(1923-08-15)August 15, 1923
DiedDecember 28, 2017(2017-12-28) (aged 94)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Other namesBaby Rose Marie
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, comedienne
Years active1926–2017
Bobby Guy
(m. 1946; died 1964)

Her best known role was Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later portrayed Myrna Gibbons on The Doris Day Show and was also a frequent panelist on Hollywood Squares. She was among the first major stars to be known simply by her first names and is the subject of a documentary film Wait for Your Laugh (2017), which features interviews from numerous co-stars, including Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Peter Marshall, and Tim Conway.[1]

Early life


Marie was born Rose Marie Mazetta in New York City, New York on August 15, 1923.



At age 3, Marie started performing under the name Baby Rose Marie. At age 5, she became a radio star on NBC and made a series of movies.

In her teenage years, she was a nightclub and lounge performer in before becoming a radio comedienne. She was billed then as "The Darling of the Airwaves." According to her autobiography Hold the Roses,[2] Marie 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 which was built by Siegel.[3]

Personal life


Marie was married to trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964.[4] The couple had one daughter, Georgiana.

Marie was a feminist.[5]

On December 28, 2017, Marie died in her home in Van Nuys, California of natural causes at age 94.[5][6]


  1. Megan Riedlinger. "The most famous women in Hollywood history you've probably never heard of".
  2. Hold the Roses, ISBN 0-8131-2264-3
  3. Meyer Lansky: Mogul of the Mob, ISBN 0-7092-0151-6
  4. Bacon, James (June 11, 1965). "Rose Marie Takes Role on Stage, Nixes Clubs". Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). p. 16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Donahu, Ann (2017-12-29). "Dick Van Dyke' Star Rose Marie Dead at 94". ETOnline. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  6. "Rose Marie: Dick Van Dyke Show star dies at 94". BBC. 2017-12-29. Retrieved 2017-12-29.

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