Rose Marie with Emerson College


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents



About this interview

In her one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Rose Marie (1923-2017) talks about entering show business at age three, and soon after becoming a smash hit as “Baby Rose Marie,” selling out the Capital Theater in New York, and with her own NBC radio show. She describes her long friendship and professional association with Milton Berle, as well as her husband Buddy Guy, a trumpet player in Kay Kyser’s band. She recounts playing Las Vegas, and her professional and personal association with mobsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone. She discusses playing “Sally Rogers” on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and working with Van Dyke, the cast, and producer Sheldon Leonard. She speaks of playing “Myrna Gibbons” for five years on The Doris Day Show, and her subsequent stage show “4 Girls 4” with Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney, and Margaret Whiting. She details having dealt with the business end of show business, and concludes with a summary of her career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 24, 2006 in Van Nuys, CA.

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"I love to see funny things. I love a funny person. I love somebody who has a great sense of humor. I love somebody who can top me when I say something, because then I have more respect for them. It's just the way I am."

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Rose Marie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and on working for producer Sheldon Leonard
Rose Marie on a joke she loves to tell
Rose Marie on her association with mobsters, including Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel, during her career
Rose Marie on her weekly NBC radio show as "Baby Rose Marie," and on touring RKO Theaters skirting child labor laws
Rose Marie on being convinced to stay on The Dick Van Dyke Show after the death of her husband
Rose Marie on what she learned from the great performers, including Milton Berle and Phil Silvers

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