Rose Marie, the actress who went toe-to-toe in a man’s world as wisecracking comedy writer Sally Rogers on the legendary 1960s CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. She was 94.
Rose Marie was a member of one of the most popular ensemble casts in TV history. Along with Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam and, occasionally, Carl Reiner (the series’ creator), she appeared in all five seasons of the sitcom and received Emmy nominations in 1963, 1964 and 1966. Marie also was a 14-year participant on The Hollywood Squares, where her comic cackle delighted audiences, and she appeared in such films as Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title (1966) and Lunch Wagon (1981).
Rose Marie Mazetta was born in New York on Aug. 15, 1923, her name inspired by the popular Broadway musical Rose-Marie. She entered show business as a 3-year-old toddler when she appeared at New York’s Mecca Theater and belted out a torch ballad. Throughout her life, Marie was active in many causes, most notably animal welfare. Her memoir, Hold the Roses, was published in 2002, and a documentary about her, Wait for Your Laugh, premiered in November.
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