Public funeral services will be held Tuesday for Rose Marie, the longtime stage, screen and television actress best known for her role as comedy writer Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
The 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Borromeo Church in North Hollywood will be open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Heaven’s Helpers Pet Rescue or Thrive Animal Rescue.
Rose Marie died Dec. 28 in Van Nuys at age 94.
Born Rose Marie Mazetta, she began her show-business career at age 3, performing in Atlantic City and touring the country as Baby Rose Marie. She went on to a career on radio, was given her own show and sang for three presidents.
She moved to the big screen in 1929 with the short “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder,” and later appeared in films including “International House,” “Top Banana” and “The Big Beat.”
In 1946, she married trumpeter Bobby Guy, bringing her to California. Around the same time, she was hired by mobster Bugsy Siegel to headline shows at the new Flamingo hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
She went on to make guest appearances on television shows such as “Gunsmoke,” “The Red Skelton Hour” and “The Bob Cummings Show” before being cast for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which ran from 1961-66, propelling her to stardom.
She continued to work regularly for decades after the show’s run ended and worked into the 2000s, most recently lending her voice to “The Garfield Show.”
Bobby Guy died in 1964. Rose Marie said in a recent interview that he enjoyed the trademark bow she wore in her hair beginning as a child, and she continued to wear one every day in his memory. One of her black bows is displayed at the Smithsonian museum.
Her death came about two months after the release of the film “Wait for Your Laugh,” a documentary that traces Rose Marie’s career and features interviews with the stars who worked alongside her over the decades. She recently became active on Twitter, with a post on her official account the day she died reminiscing about her days as a “Flamingo Girl” in Las Vegas.
She is survived by her daughter, Georgiana Marie, and son-in-law Steven Rodrigues.
—City News Service
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