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Actress Rose Marie of 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Fame Dies at 94


FILE - Actress Rose Marie, center, poses with co-stars Dick Van Dyke, left, and Carl Reiner during ceremonies to honor her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Oct. 3, 2001.

Actress and comedienne Rose Marie, who grew up from a child superstar to become a television comedy legend, died Thursday in Hollywood at 94.

She spent her entire life as a star, and was one of the last surviving entertainers whose career spanned all media — vaudeville, records, movies, Broadway, radio and television.

Born Rose Marie Mazetta in New York, she began singing on the vaudeville stage when she was 3 years old, billed as Baby Rose Marie.

With her naturally husky voice, many in the audience insisted she was not a child but a small adult dressed up in children's clothes.

FILE- In this April 11, 1963, file photo, standing from left, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, and Richard Deacon, and Dick Van Dyke, right, gather around Carl Reiner, in barber chair during a rehearsal of an episode for the "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
FILE- In this April 11, 1963, file photo, standing from left, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, and Richard Deacon, and Dick Van Dyke, right, gather around Carl Reiner, in barber chair during a rehearsal of an episode for the "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

She soon became one of the country's best-known child entertainers with her own radio show, touring in vaudeville, and singing in early sound films.

She dropped the "Baby" from her billing as she grew into a teenager, and continued to perform in nightclubs and make records.

Rose Marie became a household name again in 1961 when she began playing comedy writer Sally Rogers on television's Dick Van Dyke Show — a hugely popular situation comedy that ran five years.

Her character was a wise-cracking single woman constantly on the lookout for a husband, using jokes to hide her loneliness.

FILE - Actresses Mary Tyler Moore, left, and Rose Marie, stars of the television show "The Dick Van Dyke Show," accept the Legend Award for their classic series at the first annual TV Land Awards, which were taped in Hollywood March 2, 2003.
FILE - Actresses Mary Tyler Moore, left, and Rose Marie, stars of the television show "The Dick Van Dyke Show," accept the Legend Award for their classic series at the first annual TV Land Awards, which were taped in Hollywood March 2, 2003.

She kept her persona of a man-hungry single woman as a panelist on game shows, including her long run as a regular on Hollywood Squares.

Rose Marie never retired. In the months before she died, she appeared in person during the screening of her autobiographical documentary film Wait for Your Laugh.

Throughout her career, Rose Marie was nominated for three Emmys and received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2001.

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