Rose Marie, best known as writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died at her Van Nuys, California home on Thursday afternoon. Rose Marie was 94 years old. Her official Twitter account shared this saddening news on Thursday, in which it was written: “It is with broken hearts that we share the sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon.”
The actress first entered into the world of stardom as a child actor with the name ‘Baby Rose Marie’ at the age of just three. Apart from her famous role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie also endeared the audiences on The Doris Day Show and also on the show Hollywood Squares in which she was a regular panelist.
Rose Marie was born on August 15, 1923, in New York City. She was one of the first actors to be known only by her first name. By the age of five, she had her coast-to-coast radio show on NBC. Later, at age 10, she made her feature film debut in International House in the year 1993, opposite W.C Fields.
In her teenage years, Rose Marie dropped the ‘Baby’ and later became one of the most acclaimed nightclub singers in the country. At this time, Rose Marie also started developing an interest in comedic chops and appeared on Broadway with Milton Berle in Spring in Brazil, Zero Mostle in Lunatics and Lovers, and Phil Silvers in Top Banana.
In the year 1961, Rose Marie earned her most popular role as a comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Doris Day Show. She earned three Emmy nominations for this role and earned a lot of appreciation for portraying an ahead-of-its-time character of women in a man’s world. In the later years, Rose Marie continued to have an active career on the night-club concert hall circuit and also made guest appearances on TV series like Murphy Brown, Wings, and Caroline in the City.