Rose Marie, an actress, singer and comedian best known for portraying the wisecracking Sally Rogers in the popular 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died [December 28], according to her agent and official website. She was 94.
Marie died about 2 p.m. in Van Nuys, her agent, Harlan Boll, said. He did not release any additional details.
Cast as a glib, man-hunting comedy writer on the show, Marie continued playing the part, in a way, on other stages years after the role ended.
For the rest of her life, while making public appearances, she invariably wore the black hair bow that had been her signature on the sitcom.
- Valerie J. Nelson
For the rest of this week I'll be paying tribute to those characters of Rose Marie in Toobworld. She was such a vital part of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, forever nestled in its berth at Number Three of my Top Five favorites. It never occurred to me while I watched it as a kid that Sally Rogers was such a trailblazer in that show business world; I just thought it was natural for a woman that funny should get paid for it - and even more importantly, be treated as an equal among the men she worked with.
And even if she played to a certain type in other roles, playing up just one aspect of Sally's character, Rose Marie exuded the strength of that character to be herself.
So I'll be showcasing some of those characters as the week progresses......
This is the 11,000th post for Inner Toob. Can't think of a more wonderful person to mark the occasion.