Rose Marie, Showbiz Veteran, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Star, Dies at 94
Reprinted from The New York Times by Alison Peterson on December 28, 2017.
Rose Marie, who became a radio star as a toddler in the 1920s and a television star on the hit sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the 1960s — and who continued performing into the 21st century — died on Thursday in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was 94.
Her death was announced on her website and confirmed by her longtime publicist, B. Harlan Boll.
Originally known as Baby Rose Marie, she is probably best remembered for her “Dick Van Dyke Show” role as Sally Rogers, one of three comedy writers — the others were Rob Petrie (Mr. Van Dyke) and Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) — who worked for the fictional series-within-a-series, “The Alan Brady Show.” (One inspiration for the role was said to be Selma Diamond, who had written for Sid Caesar in the 1950s.) …
Rose Marie: What Happened When I Publicly Shamed My Harasser
Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Rose Marie on December 7, 2017.
“I started in this business when I was 3,” writes Rose Marie in The Hollywood Reporter. “From the beginning, I was co-starring or headlining with the major male and female acts of the day, and all of them treated me wonderfully and respected me and my talent. I believe because of how I began, I always walked into a job or an audition assured of my talent and expected to be treated like a lady and an equal.
“With one exception, I always was.
“That one exception taught me what was happening to other women in the business. It occurred when I was about to wrap filming on the 1954 musical Top Banana. The producer of the film came up to me after I’d run through the song called ‘I Fought Every Step of the Way,’ which had boxing references, and said that he could show me a few positions. He wasn’t referring to boxing.
“I laughed it off, but he said he was serious and that the picture could be mine. Well, in front of everyone onstage, I said, ‘You son of a bitch, you couldn’t get it up if a flag went by.’ Needless to say, that didn’t go over well with him, and all my musical numbers were cut from the film. I had no idea that his reaction to my refusal would be so bad. …