All-round entertainer whose best-known role was as Sally Rogers in the American video sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show
As Sally Rogers in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie, who has died aged 94, was known and cherished by the myriad television viewers who tuned in every week from 1961 to 1966 to watch the landmark sitcom.
Rose Marie, playing one of three slapstick scribes on the fictional Alan Brady Show, detected “shes had” struck a gale for equal opportunities on American video because Sally was not a partner, baby or secretary but a scribe equivalent to that given to Rob Petrie( Van Dyke) and Buddy Sorrell( Morey Amsterdam ). Witty and self-deprecating, desperately seeking a spouse, Sally behaved as checks and balances between Buddy, the” mockery machine”, and the accident-prone Rob.
In her constant oral jousting with Buddy, Sally offered” the woman’s point of view “. Always wearing a distinctive mane fore, she was in every escapade of the indicate for five seasons, and was sometimes called upon to sing, prompting those in the know that she had already had a interminable profession as an all-round entertainer- one of the longest in show business history, submerge nine decades, almost her whole life.
She started performing at the age of three under the name of Baby Rose Marie. At five she became a radio singing perform on NBC, which offered her a seven-year contract.” I had a deep utter , not like Shirley Temple but is Sophie Tucker ,” she withdrew.” I never sounded like small children so there were some people who thought I was really a 30 -year-old midget .” To negate these gossips, NBC arranged for her to constitute stage forms around the country and to appear in a few short-lived movies such as Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder( 1929 ), in which she sang three jazzy lyrics. At persons under the age of 10, still statement as Baby Rose Marie, she was encountered belting out My Bluebirds Are Singing the Blues in a film announced International House( 1933 ), a crazy feature starring , amongst other, WC Fields, Rudy Vallee and Burns and Allen. She did not make another film for 20 years.