This is bound to be sad news for fans of sitcoms, vaudeville, hair bows, grandmas on Twitter. Deadline reports that Rose Marie, born Rose Marie Mazzetta, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and multiple other things over a nine-decade career, has died at the age of 94 in Van Nuys, CA.
Rose Marie started in vaudeville when she was 3 years old as Baby Rose Marie, and hit the radio at 5. She became a huge performer at the Flamingo in Las Vegas in the 40s. She claims her career was assisted by mobsters Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, and remained loyal to “the boys” throughout her career (like asking permission to perform at other casinos).
She got into television in the early 60s, scoring leads in My Sister Eileen, then as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Sally was basically the prototype for Liz Lemon. After five years, she moved on to The Doris Day Show, and spent 14 years on Hollywood Squares in the upper-center square.
Later in life, Rose Marie continued to appear on television, like on Cagney & Lacey, Murphy Brown (as Frank Fontana’s mother), and Wings. She also loaned her signature smoky voice to several animated shows. Rose Marie often wore a black hair bow on the left side of her head. I was a little obsessed with early 60s sitcoms in my early 20s, and I tried to pull a Rose Marie and wear a black hair bow in my blonde hair for a while, although I looked 100000% less stylish. And while my cheap clip-in hair bow from Claire’s is in the bottom of a shoe box somewhere, Rose Marie’s hair bow is located in the Smithsonian.
Rose Marie is survived by her daughter Georgiana Marie.
Her official Twitter account tweeted that she had passed away yesterday afternoon.
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 29, 2017
Rest in peace Rose Marie.