Remembering Long-Time California Celebrity Rose Marie

Known by millions around the world for her comedic performances, actress Rose Marie passed away in Van Nuys on December 28, 2017 at the age of 94. She had lived in California since 1946, when she married a well known late night television musician, trumpet player Bobby Guy.

She began her life as Rose Marie Mazetta on August 15, 1923. As a 3-year old, she had already begun appearing on stage. She performed as Baby Rose Marie in Atlantic City and in a series of vaudeville tours. As a 7-year old she appeared in a short film, Baby Rose Marie The Child Wonder. She eventually won other roles in films, including Top Banana, The Big Beat and International House (1933), a comedy featuring the late W.C. Fields. Audiences appreciated her distinctive voice and excellent sense of comedic timing.

At age 23, she appeared on stage in Las Vegas as an entertainer along with the late comic Jimmy Durante. She married trumpet player Bobby Guy and relocated to California, where she soon began appearing in a series of television guest roles. Her credits included roles on the long running Western Gunsmoke, and the popular variety show The Red Skelton Hour. However, her role as the comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show between 1961 and 1966 made her a household name in the United States. She received an Emmy nomination for her role on the popular broadcast sitcom.

Rose Marie and her husband resided in California, where they welcomed the birth of their child. Sadly, Bobby Guy passed away unexpectedly in 1964 at the age of 48. Rose Marie continued residing in California after his death. She appeared on television frequently in guest roles. She made regular appearances on the daytime game show The Hollywood Squares. She accepted guest roles in prime time productions, such as The Love Boat and Murphy Brown. She also continued performing on stage. Her professional appearances continued into this century.

As news of her passing spread, many people offered tributes to her online. Carl Reiner, the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, remembered her with admiration in an online posting. He noted she had a long career as an entertainer and displayed great breadth of talent.



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