Best known as Sally Rogers of the Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie was one of the most likable stars of '60s television. She was born on August 15, 1923, in New York City. She began her career quite early, starring as "Baby Rose Marie" on her own radio show at the tender age of five. She was doing road tours by the age of seven and had a notable guest appearance in the W.C. Fields vehicle International House. She dropped the "Baby" when she turned 11 and began headlining nightclubs with her husky voice and energetic performances. She played several hotels and clubs in Las Vegas, performing with comedians like Jimmy Durante, but her show-biz savvy brought her to Broadway by the time she was in her twenties. She performed in several hit shows, sharpening her comedic skills as she worked with such great talents as Milton Berle and Zero Mostel. She joined several touring companies, eventually landing a role in the screen adaptation of Top Banana. This would keep her busy until the medium of television became a serious prospect. At this point she really took off, getting regular roles on many different television shows and meeting future husband (NBC studio trumpeter Bobby Guy) before scoring the role that would forever define her, Sally Rogers. It was her work on the Dick Van Dyke Show that earned her three Emmy nominations, gaining her plenty of fame and a long-running television job. After the show finally went off the air, she became a regular on variety television with her singing talents and comic timing. She also appeared on countless game shows, scoring a regular spot on the Hollywood Squares for almost 14 years. She also acted in several films and television shows, even doing cartoon voices at one point. She returned to the nightclub circuit late in her career, touring with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, and Margaret Whiting. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October of 2001. Although her career has slowed greatly, she still remains an active performer who works with several animal welfare organizations. ~ Bradley Torreano
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