Television, Broadway and comedy legend Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Thursday. She was 94 years old
During a career that spanned nine decades, Rose Marie — who went only by her first name professionally — was also famous for appearing for years on the game show “The Hollywood Squares,” and doing numerous shows in old Las Vegas.
Rose Marie rubbed shoulders with some of the most famous names in show business and beyond. She sang for Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt and was hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel to perform in Las Vegas along with Jimmy Durante.
Carl Reiner, who created “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” tweeted Thursday of his sadness at Rose Marie’s death, saying “there’s never been a more engaging & multi-talented performer.”
Rose Marie starred as Baby Rose Marie in several of the earliest talking films, according to The National Museum of American History. She donated several personal items to the museum, including her trademark black hair bow and shoes from her radio days.
Rose Marie was married to trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until his death in 1964.
Rose Marie is survived by her daughter, Georgiana Marie Guy.