Actress Rose Marie Dies At Age 94

Variety reports:

Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” who had a nine-decade career in show business, died Thursday in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94. Publicist Harlan Boll confirmed her death.

Rose Marie was Emmy nominated three times for her work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” in which she played part of the writing team, led by Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie, for the fictional “Alan Brady Show.” The actress began a five-season stint as Sally Rogers in 1960.

NPR reports:

Shortly after winning a talent contest at the age of 3, Rose Marie Mazzetta was on her way to becoming a child star. She began her professional career as Baby Rose Marie and performed under that name until she was a teenager.

After The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mazzetta appeared frequently on the original version of Hollywood Squares which aired from 1966 to 1980. Rose Marie’s memoir called Hold the Roses was published in 2003.

Her black hair bow became a signature look on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and when making public appearances, she always wore it. Mazzatta was so recognized for that look that the bow ended up at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2008.

  • DaddyRay

    Back when you actually had to have talent to become a star

    • jeffg166

      Ruby Keeler had talent?

      • S1AMER

        Nah — but she was kinda cute, and she married well for her career.

      • Mike__in_Houston

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    • Oh, Parker

      THIS! So much this!

  • Joe in PA

    I can’t wait to see the movie. I was one of those twitter followers that came late to the party. She was a joy. Always upbeat. One thing I remember from the Dick Van Dyke Show were he tall high heels. 💕

  • Christopher
  • olandp

    She was adorable, talk about charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent!

  • PickyPecker
    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, your theme song?

    • Natty Enquirer

      And here she is wearing her signature black, which, as we learned in another comment, was a sign of mourning for her recently departed husband.

    • Chuck in NYC

      I looked quickly online this morning for her performance during the closing credits of “Wait for Your Laugh” and didn’t find it. But when you see the movie this is one credit sequence you will watch until the very end — it’s some high energy number from the 1950s and she’s terrific.

  • Butch

    I remember as a young farm boy watching Dick Van Dyke and being fascinated when the characters who played the writing staff would get sandwiches from “the delicatessen.” I had no idea what one was (meaning delicatessen; I was familiar with sandwiches, just to head that one off) but I was enthralled. Her passing makes me sad. RIP, Rosemarie.

    • S1AMER

      And I was a young farm girl who noticed some of the same stuff.

      Back then, TV truly did expose so many of us in regional cities and small towns and rural areas to the great outside world, and we got our notions about “New York-style sophistication” from TV and movies.

      It was such a simpler world, and I miss much of it. There’s something to be said about coming to know about the world more gradually, as we did then. The instant-everything of our internet era is not entirely a good thing.

      • Butch

        For some strange reason you made me think of a church supper when I was a little kid and the people who ran the Blue Top Restaurant in Pell Lake rushed in carrying pizzas – I had never seen such exotic food. There was good and bad about that era, one of the problems being that we either didn’t know about or ignored much of the bad.

        • S1AMER

          Lordy, you remind me of me back then, ’cause pizza was definitely something pretty exotic in our area. I remember first hearing about it in the early 1960s when a big brother told my mother about having been served it at a high school classmate’s house, and how yummy it was!

          What I remember with great sadness about back then was that white christian straight men were in charge of everything, and everybody else needed to stay in his/her place. (Unofortunately, we of the everybody-else variety are still fighting this battle, at the other-end-of-my-life later.)

        • William

          At the school carnival Cake Walk, all the cakes were made by the children’s mothers. Whose mother bakes and decorates a cake these days?

          • Bj Lincoln

            Most don’t have the time to stop and pick one up.

          • William

            My Mother worked in a bakery back when I was in elementary school. She was the primary cake decorator. Her cakes were chosen first at the school carnival cake walk.

          • Dean Cameron

            I bake my own. I suppose that makes me a “Modern”! Thoroughly

          • Palmer

            Sure, Millie.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I did, too!

          • Statistics Palin

            I learned how to bake from Julia Child and baked cakes for my mother, who worked as many as 6 1/2 days a week.

      • Dayglo

        I’d watch “Family Affair” and wonder how it was that Uncle Bill, Mr. French, Buffy, Jody and Cissy all fit in that penthouse apartment. City life seemed so decadent. It always appeared as though Uncle Bill and Cissy were always on the prowl for new tail while French was content to hang with Miss Faversham.

      • Igby

        When I was a young adult, I drove from Boston to New York many times on I95. Everytime I passed through New Rochelle, I would think of the Dick Van Dyke show.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          There is/was also a “New Rochelle” stop on the New Haven-New York line that always made me think of Van Dyke, whenever we stopped there

    • William

      That ‘Sandwich by Mail’ idea didn’t work.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Isolated farm boy here too.
      Thank god for tv. Without it, I am sure I would have grown up to be an even more backwards fuck toad than I am now.

  • S1AMER

    Her character on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was a real treat — damned funny, of course, but also a [too rare] example of a woman in a role other than mother, wife, daughter, sister, or some other secondary-level human.

    • William

      She was a decade ahead of Mary Tyler Moore in portraying a career girl on television.

      • Texndoc

        Bea Arthur before Bea Arthur. There was even an episode where Laura Petrie is offended Rob and Buddy treat her more like a “fella” and not a “lady”.

        • William

          Sally actually had dates with fuckable guys. Poor Mary only went out with duds on her show.

          • Texndoc

            Oh not all of them. Remember the guy who comes back to her apartment and nonchalantly takes off his jacket and shirt. “Hey I thought we were getting along” to Mary’s “Put! On! Your! Shirt!……..JEEZ!!”

            Happy Birthday to Mary today, BTW.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I never saw that particular episode, Texndoc–will need to look for it later! 🙂

          • CanuckDon

            Except for Joe played by Ted Bessell. I remember swooning over his character.

          • William

            I so had a thing for Ted as Donald on ‘That Girl’.

            Me, having to be planted in front of the tv when the ‘That Girl’ theme song started should have been the first clue.

          • prixator

            Herman Glimpscher. Fuckable!

          • Jwmvh

            Hahaha. I loved everything about him from his name to what Sally thought of him. The name itself has always made me laugh!

        • David Walker

          And when Rob and Buddy DID try to treat her more like a “lady,” she got all suspicious that they were trying prank her.

          • prixator

            Years ago, because I enjoyed it so much, I purchased the entire DVD Show series on DVD(!) and watched it all. Loved it.

            Since then, I have had significant hearing loss and when I checked all my DVDs to see if they had subtitles or captions, this collection was one of the few with neither. Even the I Love Lucy DVDs had captions!

            And, as far as I know, no DVD show DVD release has captions/subtitles. I would think that a large portion of their potential market has hearing problems, so that’s a bit insulting that they’ve ignored us.

      • R W C

        Yet we lost them both in the same year.

    • Ninja0980

      That was the most overlooked aspect of that show.

    • Natty Enquirer

      I get what you’re saying about limitations, but I don’t consider mothers, wives, daughters, or sisters to be secondary in any way.

      • S1AMER

        I don’t either. But TV back then certainly made it plain that men were in charge — after all, we didn’t have a show called “Mother Knows Best,” did we.

        • RIck Notch

          Although it was clear on that show Jane Wyatt did know best and ran the whole house and managed the kids. All the single dads in sitcoms needed an Aunt Bee or Uncle Charlie to manage their homes and raise their kids.

        • Lantor

          It wouldn’t be until the 70s that you could have Good Times and One Day at a Time.

        • prixator

          But, we had “My Mother the Car”!

      • Bj Lincoln

        I think what that person was trying to say was she was not dependent on someone else. Women then were always stuck in roles of caregivers and connected to someone. Almost never independent and doing something outside their ‘role’ as caregiver.

  • hdtex

    Such a great broad…in the best sense of that word.

  • Ninja0980

    RIP Rose Marie!

  • roadtripboy

    Even on the ill fated Doris Day Show she was great!

  • CanuckDon

    Just as you were at your wit’s end about what to do with all the dust on the side tables, Rose Marie showed up at your door with a can of Pledge!


    (sidenote….amazing how corporate advertising could convince a population that spraying an air-contaminating oil onto a varathaned surface would somehow help clean it better than dry dusting it)

  • Texndoc

    Two trivia points: I had read the author of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” used Baby Rose as his inspiration (but ran with what if she was like THIS) and Carl Reiner told the story that Rose lost her husband during the second or so Season of the Dick van Dyke show and was so distraught she had to be begged to continue, she did and always wore black after. Not really something you’d pick up on a B&W show.

  • Ninja0980

    O/T was reading replies to Carl Reiner’s tweet.
    Sad how the Trump trolls can’t even leave him alone isn’t it?

    • prixator

      Just like their phony hero, they have no shame,

  • Hue-Man

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    cost made it inaccessible to many — until now.

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      • Hue-Man

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    • ChrisMorley

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      But public healthcare in the US makes this almost unattainable there.

  • Hunter M

    I read this interesting article about her just a few weeks ago.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Thank you for everything Rose Marie. I read she was out and about yesterday morning doing her thing. Whatever happened came on fast.

    • Ninja0980

      Happens when you’re 94.
      My great grandmother was still doing two mile walks at 95 a week before she died.
      Then caught a cold and was gone three days after that.

      • another_steve

        Tragically, falls are a major ender-of-life for people in their 90s. The person can be relatively well and independent and then s/he’ll fall. Walking down stairs, getting out of a shower, etc.

        Bones at that age – particularly hips – are usually brittle. Recovery from a bad break is often impossible.

        • Bj Lincoln

          I saw that a lot of that as a nurses aid. I think they just give up knowing they may never be independent again or even go home.

          • another_steve

            Slightly O/T, but from an evolutionary perspective we become superfluous past our child-bearing and child-rearing years. Imo this is why after those years, our teeth, vision and bones start to go and our resistance to disease lessens.

            From an evolutionary perspective, past a certain age we’re just taking up space.

            Time to leave the scene and make room for others.

          • Paul

            Well, I certainly feel that way about my job (just taking up space), but I respectfully disagree with you as far as life in general is concerned.

            IMO, as long as you’re still well enough to appreciate art, beauty, music, movies, theater, good food, and good conversation, I feel you still have something to offer the world. Having just seen the documentary about Rose Marie, I certainly felt that she had something left to give, if only just one more laugh.

          • another_steve

            I was offering a view re the evolutionary/biological basis for lifespan, not a view on whether I desire a long life. I’d like to live as long and productive a life as I can – regardless of what evolution and my biology has in store for me.

            In Philosophical Daoism there’s a construct for observing the world and all it contains: One can view from “above” or from “below.”

            “From above” refers (figuratively) to what the Way of Things (the Dao) sees.

            “From below” refers to my wants and desires and my human fragility.

          • John30013

            OTOH there’s an evolutionary argument that older adults can help the community/tribe/extended family by caring for the young and therefore helping propagate the shared genetic line. (This is also similar to the “gay uncle” evolutionary hypothesis.)

          • another_steve

            True. The classic example of that is the grandparent who babysits for a grandchild while the child’s parents do something pleasurable and away from the child, thereby helping to “restore” their child-rearing energies.

          • William

            At an advanced age, the last thing people need is to be in bed flat on their back for 24 hours a day. Fluids build up. Many people die of pneumonia after breaking a hip.

          • CanuckDon

            That’s what happened to my mother five years ago today. She fell and dislocated her shoulder. After that, it was a hellish seven weeks in the hospital for her before her death….a story that I know I still haven’t come to grips with. She shouldn’t have suffered through so much pain.

      • Bj Lincoln

        The women in my family all live well into their late 80’s-early 90’s and were very active until they suddenly stopped. That is making the best of the time they had. Your Great Grandmother sounds like she was one to keep up with. Both of mine sure were. I miss them.

        • William

          The women on my mother’s mother’s side all died from sudden heart attacks, most without warning and in their sleep.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Quick with no fuss. They probably lived the same way. My favorite Grandmother died from a brain anurism (spell check can’t even fix this misspelling. Just sound it out.) while taking a nap.

          • MaryJOGrady

            That seems a merciful way to go, especially in this era of medical technology which can amount to torture. (Members of the medical caste do not do such things to each other when death is near.)
            My new year’s resolution is to make sure my advance directives are in order.

    • Duh-David

      She’d been in and out of hospitals constantly the last few years and the last decade or two, she didn’t work much. As she once said, “I think I outlived my career.” Some of that was health-related. She’d put on weight and was confined to a wheel chair, plus there were all those hospital stays.

  • Do Something Nice

    OT but not really: On SFGATE, they use the commenting platform Viafoura and have the ‘censor’ option for specific words. Instead of deleting the comment with the forbidden words, Viafoura automatically substitute asterisks for the letters in the forbidden words.

    So when someone types “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Viafoura changes it to “The **** Van **** Show.”

    A clever commenter found that typing “The Penis Van Lesbian Show” gets past Viafoura.

    See for yourself in the comments regarding Rose Marie’s death:

    • Joe in PA

      LOL. (and completely OT) 🙂

      • Do Something Nice

        Well, it is an article about Rose Marie’s death.

    • PickyPecker

      *n* M*ll**n M*ms *ppr*v*s

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Did you say something about ‘popovers’?

        • William


          • Phillip in L.A.

            Indeed. They are especially good with poha (Hawai’ian gooseberry) jam

          • William

            Goose my berries and you’re going down!

            oh dear, that sounds worse.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Don’t worry! I would never (well, rarely) touch another’s gooseberries without permission

    • William

      N* sh*t? F*ck!

    • Bj Lincoln

      LOL! She would love that. I bet Van Dyke and all the guys would love it.

    • BearEyes

      now, that’s funny

    • Natty Enquirer

      SFGate is a tragic shadow of its former self. It was once a pioneer in online newspapers.

    • KP

      The critics at the time called The Lucy Show (the one with just Lucy and Viv) The Dykes Sans Dick show.

      • Daveed_WOW

        She Loved Lucy

    • bcarter3

      Back in the 90s, I heard the “The Penis Van Lesbian Show” line attributed to Mary Tyler Moore, by a highly unreliable source. Whatever the source, it you google it, you’ll find that it’s a very old joke.

    • Jwmvh


  • another_steve

    I loved her.

    I feel old.

  • bkmn

    Such a long and storied career. RIP RoseMarie

  • BearEyes

    Always loved her. Talent, good sense of humour, and down to earth as well.
    A “broad” in the absolute best sense.
    But is it wrong of me to imagine her joking about catching the year in review reels?

    • Bj Lincoln

      Not at all. Imagining her making jokes is the best way to honor her.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I loved her. She always held her own in a group of men. She was tough and didn’t take much crap. She was beautiful even though she didn’t seem to think so. Great shoulders. She sure had a great run and will be an asset in her next life. I hope they are ready for her!

    • Hue-Man

      And she managed to keep her face on the TV screen, which is often difficult for women over age 30. Betty White is another exception to the rule.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I think women were built tougher back then. LOL Carol Burnett and Lucy Ball are on that list too. I wonder how many females in any part of the entertainment industry from today could have made it then?

  • Boreal

    I’m sad to say I didn’t realize she had still been alive.

  • Rex

    I was wondering yesterday, when a news program was airing a segment on the celebs we’ve lost this year, who the next one to pass would be, there’s always one at the very end of the year that gets missed on all the retrospectives. Alas, it was Rose Marie, a woman who truly made a lifelong career of entertaining.

    • William

      Hush! There’s still two days to go.

  • JWC

    so Sad what a love

  • Lumpy Gaga

    There’s never an appropriate time to say it, so I’ll let it rip:

    Van Dyke looks like sex on a stick in that article pic.

  • jo gerardo

    She tweeted like a feisty Nana this past year, promoting her movie with blasts from her past.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    She truly was a remarkable and consummate performer. She always had a way of making you smile and laugh with a single line or look. I have fond memories of her growing up…another class act has left us. Rest now sweety, you’ve earned it.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Her character on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was a role model forme on black-and-white television when I was a child: a respected, beloved, independent professional woman.
    May Rose Marie rest in peace.

  • Wow, she could SING, and not like the little girl she was.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I was thinking about her just the other day. I was wondering how old she was. Little did i know she would pass soon after. I am very sad about this.

    One of my fondest memories of her on TDVD show was when she sang. She could belt out a song and deliver it like few others. She was an amazing woman.

  • Just Noh

    i was saddened to hear this last night. it was just recently i found out what a huge star she was when young. she was very close to jimmy durante and frank sinatra used to open for her.

  • Hank

    Everyone, who knew Durante and Rose Marie should watch the video above for a grin, a laugh and to see true talent!!!

  • Bert_Bauer

    The episode is one of my favorites of the series but Miss Rose steals the scene – starts at 20:30

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Ah, the ‘Dishy Vicar’!

  • Phillip in L.A.

    RIP Rose Marie (1923-2017). You are missed already

  • fuzzybits

    Ah,another one from mine and lots of others past gone. RIP Rose Marie.

  • bcarter3

    When the show was originally broadcast, some critics described “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as “John and Jacqueline Kennedy in suburbia”, because the program had the freshness and charm of the then First Family.

    I’ve always thought that Barack and Michelle were our contemporary version of Rob and Laura.There’s even a bit of physical resemblance.

    • William

      But can Obama do a hideous Cockney accent?

  • I grew up watching reruns of this show and then a few years ago I watched the entire run on Hulu (including the original pilot with Carl Reiner in the lead and a completely different cast but a similar set-up). One of the few shows that never jumped the shark. The writing is crisp and holds up well and the performances are first-rate all around. I always loved Rose Marie. I actually grew up knowing a lot of women like that (ladies from church or friends of the family who had never married). I think I liked them because I was a precocious kid and they talked to me as a person and not down to me as if I were a child three years younger than I was. Anyway, I love her and can’t wait to see the documentary. Also, loved the tweet from Carl Reiner. there’s another one who’s still got it.

  • SDG

    She was great. 94, not bad.

  • M Jackson

    Bright side — from possibly the finest sitcom of all time, we still have Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner.
    And Richie’s still knocking around somewhere isn’t he?