Rose Marie has arguably had one of the longest and most active entertainment careers on record with credits in Radio, Film, Vegas, Voice over, Broadway and Television. When asked about her favorite medium, she replied. “The only things that I haven’t done during my career are the Opera and the Circus. Stage will always be my first love. I love the immediate response from the audience. That’s what made “Hollywood Squares” such a wonderful experience. You had an immediate response from the audience. Carol (Channing), says that “Applause is obligatory, laughter is a reward.”
In addition to a record number of reoccurring and starring roles in 5 series, Miss Marie became a regular on “Hollywood Squares,” and the only individual to work with every host during the off and on again program. The responses delivered by the guest stars on the program have become legendary. Miss Marie recalls, “Paul Lynde was the master. My favorite response of his was to the question, ‘If your going down the freeway, doing 80 miles an hour, and your brakes give out – what should you do?’ Paul said ‘Honk If you Love Jesus!’”
Some classic Rose Marie responses include: ——————————————
Q. Peter Marshall: According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married?
A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.
Q. Peter Marshall: As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question, Peter, and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never forget.
Q. Peter Marshall: In bowling, what’s a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.
Q. Peter Marshall: During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately, Peter, I’m always safe in the bedroom.
Few people realize that Rose Marie was hired by Bugsy Siegel to open the Flamingo Hotel in Nevada, along with her good friend, Jimmy Durante. As the first female headliner, she has been dubbed “The First Lady of Las Vegas.” When asked if there were any signs that the town would become the Billion-dollar venture it eventually did, she remarks, “Lord no! That’s why the gangsters stopped giving Bugsy money. Everyone thought it was and would remain a failure. If I had had a clue as to its success, I would have purchased property.”
Ms. Marie has the distinction of being the first artist to be approached about adding items from your career to the first permanent Entertainment Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in DC., including a copy of the first all taking short, entitled “Baby Rose Marie, The Child Wonder.” Miss Marie says, “First of all I am honored. It is the greatest thrill of my life. To think that I will be in there, forever, alongside Lindberg’s plane and Lincoln’s stove top hat. With my luck, I will be placed next to George Washington’s wood teeth.”
On August 15th (Rose Marie’s birthday), she will begin a new decade of her life and almost 90 years as an entertainer. With regard to anything that she would like to accomplish, she contemplates, “Is it too late to audition for Circe du Soleil?” Adding, “I’m currently doing a great deal of voice over. I am working on “Garfield” at the moment and loving it. A whole new generation is recognizing me … or, at least, my voice.”
As Baby Rose Marie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHGlX6eA4-0
“I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj08cpmju1k
*** Featured Artwork on Title page by Glen Hanson