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    Rose Marie   (Mazetta) Guy

Way before Mary Tyler Moore was one of the first recognized independent single working women on Television we actually had  Rose Marie.

Out of all the characters  on the  Dick Van Dyke show,  Rose Marie made the biggest impression on me.   Beautiful, funny, with  an Intellectually sharp wit  both on screen  and off,  she became a legend in show business as a child on up to senior citizen  actor  &  singer.  Her career stretched over  90 years.

Born Rose Marie Mazetta  on August 15, 1923  in  New York City, s he was blessed with  a remarkable singing voice  for a child  that  allowed  her  to  belt out  jazz songs  in the  "coon shouter"  style of  the 1920s.  Rose Marie began  performing when she was three years old as "Baby Rose Marie."  By the time  she  was five,  she  had  her own  radio show  on  NBC. Many people  could not believe t he voice they  were hearing actually belonged to a child.

She appeared in vaudeville with Dick Powell, Rudy Vallee and Jimmy Durante, who mentored her and entertained at the White House three separate times at the request of three presidents. They were Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Rose Marie married trumpeter Bobby Guy of the Kay Kyser Orchestra, in 1946 and wanted to leave The Dick Van Dyke Show after her husband died in 1964, but was talked out of it by director John Rich, and continued until the end of the show's run in 1966.

It was Rose Marie who suggested Morey Amsterdam, a long-time friend of hers, be considered to play the third writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The producers of the show had originally planned to hire a younger actor who would play a new writer just starting out in show business, but decided that a show biz veteran like Amsterdam playing an older writer at the end of his career would offer even better comedic possibilities. I am so happy that she did! The 2 of them were like 2 mischevous children in the show making you tune in each week to see what they would be up to in that episode.

She received her well deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 3, 2001. It was the 2184th star issued.
WAIT  FOR  YOUR  LAUGH  tells   the story  of  the longest  active career  in  entertainment.   Far  more then  just  Sally Rogers  on  THE  DICK  VAN DYKE SHOW, and the top center square on HOLLYWOOD SQUARES,  Rose Marie  worked  in  every  facet of showbiz.  

Unbeknownst to fans, the woman always looking for a man  was actually married  for  almost 20 years to the  love  of  her  life,  Bobby Guy,  one  of  the  best trumpeters  in  the  business.   His  untimely passing and its impact  on “the one who makes you laugh” is recounted  here  by her friends  Peter Marshall, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Tim Conway.

I am so happy  that she  has been  honoured  in this way and hope that it will keep her alive in our hearts.

Rose Marie  died  on  December  28,  2017  in  Van Nuys, California, at 94 years old. 


Rose Marie's Full Story was made into a movie shortly before she died
We share the trailer with you now and hope you check out the full movie

Compiled & Contributed by Fan & WOW Founder, Carolyn Shannon
Her Daughter, Noppy (to her Mom) Georgiana was kind enough to send us this favorite family photo of her Mom
 

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