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The official Twitter account of Rose Marie shared the news on Thursday, with a message that reads “It is with broken hearts that we share the terribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon”
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 29, 2017
Rose Marie was 94 years old when she passed and was best known for her portrayal of television writer Sally Rogers on the beloved CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Rose Marie was born August 15, 1923 in New York City and first rose to fame as a child star under the name Baby Rose Marie and was one of the last surviving stars of vaudeville. As a teenager Rose Marie dropped the “Baby” from her name and became an acclaimed nightclub singer headlining everything from New York’s Copacabana to playing the opening of Las Vegas’ The Flamingo along side people like Jimmy Durante. Around this time is when she also developed her comedy routine and started appearing on Broadway with Milton Berle in Spring in Brazil, Zero Mostel in Lunatics and Lovers, and Phil Silvers in Top Banana which eventually lead to her being in the film version.
As an adult Rose Marie made her way to prime time and besides starring on Dick Van Dyke, she also appeared on The Doris Day Show, My Sister Eileen, S.W.A.T, and was a regular panelist on Hollywood Squares.