Rose Marie, the singer and actress whose career stretched across 10 decades, encompassing vaudeville, Broadway, TV, movies and the dawn of Las Vegas, has died. She was 94.
Rose Marie in 2012
The entertainer's death was confirmed on her official Facebook page with the message, "It is with broken hearts that we share the horribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon."
Initially famous as Baby Rose Marie, the little girl with the big, big voice, she made her first sound short in 1929 and her feature film debut in 1933's "International House" alongside luminaries like W.C. Fields and George Burns.
Performing in "International House" over 80 years ago
She grew up to be an in-demand singer who opened in Las Vegas 71 years ago this week, according to her final tweet Thursday.
Rose Marie starred with Phil Silvers in the smash musical "Top Banana" in 1951, but said she was mostly cut out of the 1954 film version after spurning the advances of a producer. Earlier this year, she tweeted her support for the #MeToo movement and wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter about publicly shaming her harasser.
With Morey Amsterdam on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
Her biggest success came via TV, where she was a series regular on "The Bob Cummings Show" (1958-1959) and "My Sister Eileen" (1960-1961) before landing her signature role, as wisecracking staff writer Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966). Sally's status as a working woman with a libido has made the character a feminist icon.
Rose Marie would later appear on "The Doris Day Show" (1969-1971), making dozens of TV guest appearances until the 2000s. Her final work was as a voice actor on "The Garfield Show" (2008-2013).
Attending a "Wait for Your Laugh" screening in August 2017
Along with Sally Rogers, her greatest role was herself — she was an unforgettable part of "The Hollywood Squares" from 1965-1980, and is the focus of the current documentary "Wait for Your Laugh," in which she recalls her life and career.