Rose Marie — who went from being a child star to sitcom fame on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” — has passed away at the age of 94.
The comedienne will always be remembered as caustic comedy writer Sally Rogers on the hit sitcom that ran from 1961 to 1966. It was a surprise second career for Rose Marie, who had previously made hit records as a five-year-old singer — when she was billed as “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder.”
She was reported to be the only hit singer from pre-WWII still alive. She was even old enough to have her career originally supported by her generous “Uncle” Al Capone, who used to hire her father as an arsonist!
Rose remained a popular fixture on television after “The Dick Van Dyke Show” went off the air. She was one of the longest-running celebrities regularly featured on “Hollywood Squares,” among other game shows.
Rose wasn’t in a hurry to retire, either. She was doing voice work for cartoons as late as 2013. She also had developed a huge following of fans on the internet, with her death announced via her Twitter account.
Sadly, with the additional passing of Mary Tyler Moore earlier in 2017, only Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner remain alive as original cast members of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” — except for Larry “Ritchie Petrie” Matthews, who’s now 52 years old.