Friday, August 15, 2014

Rose Marie's August Occasion

Happy birthday to Rose Marie Mazetta Guy, better known to her many fans as simply "Rose Marie." She was born 91 years ago today.

Fondly remembered for her Emmy-nominated turn as wisecracking comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, she has entertained audiences since she was a child. As Baby Rose Marie, she was singing on NBC radio at the age of five. Her adulthood found her performing on Broadway, in nightclubs, and on many television shows. She had a regular role on The Doris Day Show, and was a frequent celebrity guest on The Hollywood Squares.

If you haven't already done so, you should read her entertaining and surprisingly moving autobiography Hold the Roses, published in 2002 by the University Press of Kentucky. Even though Sally Rogers was never very lucky in love, Rose Marie was, and you'll enjoy learning about her happy marriage to musician Bobby Guy, cut short by his premature death in 1964. She also offers great stories about the many famous entertainers she's known, including the one she discovered at a Cleveland TV station in the early 1960s. 

To commemorate her big day, visit her official website, or hit YouTube for this clip of a classic musical number she performed on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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