From the Vaudeville stage to the silver screen, to sitcoms to original entertainment in Bugsy Segal’s Flamingo hotel, to her best known household namesake down to the smallest of screens, actress/performer Rose Marie has had more than a career to be reckoned with!
Starting at the adorable age of 3, she endeared audiences the Vaudeville scene over. Then, at the seasoned age of 5, earned her first stint in the radio voiceover world; a talent for which she is still widely known and sought after to this day!
Billed at Baby Rose Marie, her Hollywood career commenced at the age of 3, right alongside her illustrious Vaudeville vocation, when she was cast in the starring role in a number of early talkies. The first, released in 1929, was a short shown before such films as The Jazz Singer.
Jumping forward a decade-and-change, her image would go on to appear on the sides of many a military plane, for the primary purpose of inspiring the troops!
A few years later, in 1946 when Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal opened the legendary Flamingo Hotel and Casino, so impressed was he by her talent, she was hired by Segal himself and would go on to be one of his top acts alongside Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat! This would in turn garner her the name: First Lady of Las Vegas. But her illustrious career would not stop there! From this point, she would go on to be an original member of “Girls4Girls” and perform on Broadway for a brief stint, most notably in Top Banana with Phil Silvers!
Her TV career began in 1960 as a series regular on My Sister Eileen. But she would become a household name in her own right in 1961 once cast as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show! After five years as Sally Rogers, she would go on to play Myrna Gibbons on The Doris Day Show. Between van Dyke and Day; extending many years thereafter, she appeared numerous times on The Hollywood Squares and is the only original cast member to have participated in all its different incarnations and reinventions with each and every one of its hosts! Other notable Television appearances include: Caroline in the City, Cagney & Lacey, The Monkees, Murphy Brown, Mr. Belvedere, Remington Steele, The Love Boat, Kojak, Adam 12, My Three sons, The Danny Thomas Hour, and most notably, the part of Martha Randolph in The Bob Cummings Show. A three time Emmy nominee, she would lose out each time, but only to fellow actresses who had passed on the year before, coincidentally enough.
In 2009 Rose Marie was singled out with nine other illustrious female performers by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the first nine Legendary Ladies whose bodies of work would be inaugurated into its primary Entertainment display. She would eventually be followed by notable friends and associates alike such as Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Phyllis Diller, Julie Newmar, June Lockhart, Esther Williams, Florence Henderson, and Tippi Hedren.
Currently Miss Marie is the subject of a Documentary produced and directed by Jason Wise set to be released in 2016!
Rounding out 2015 on December 3rd, Rose Marie will receive the “Shirley Temple Award” for Lifetime Achievement from The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program. The award will be presented by Carl Reiner. The ceremony will take place at Los Angeles’ prestigious Taglyan Complex and will be hosted by Calum Worthy from Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. Also set to be honored: Tatyana Ali aka Ashley from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Education. Mario Lopez of Extra, Dancing with the Stars and Saved by the Bell fame will also be celebrated along with Hayden Byerly, Noah Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez of ABC Family’s The Fosters with The Looking Ahead Award for Social Awareness. Martha Callarie Reivers and David Reivers, also known as the mother and father of Corbin Blue, will be bestowed the Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting.
To top off any and all things celebratory, the gala will also consist of items from movies and TV shows featuring a plethora of childhood stars not the least of which will encompass Mickey Rooney, Margaret O’Brien, Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, Jon Provost, Patty Duke, Jerry Mathers, Deanna Durbin, Roddy McDowall, Annette Funnicello, Dwayne Hickman, Dick Van Patten, Kurt Russell, including the cast of Little Rascals, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Waltons, The Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie, and last but certainly not least the primary honor’s namesake Shirley Temple!
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