Girl in flowing dress poses with hands palms out next to NBC microphone that looms above her head. Photo Credit: Public Domain

Photo Credit: Public Domain

Baby Rose Marie

Child Star, singer, comedian and actor

Excerpts from B. Harlan Boll:

For nearly 90, years Miss Rose Marie’s husky-voice, good looks and comedic timing entertained millions. She started her career at the age of three and soon had her own radio show, was making records, and starred in several of the earliest talking films beginning with the 1929 short, “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder.” She worked with all the greats of vaudeville, theatre, radio, television, and film. She had a brief Broadway run in “Top Banana,” made numerous guest appearances on all the hottest shows of the day, starred in several television series, including “The Doris Day Show,” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which made her a household name. She spent years as the top center square on “Hollywood Squares” and is the only original member to have been part of all of its reincarnations. As part of a singing and comedy act called “4 Girls 4,” she toured extensively with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting, breaking house records all over the world. In 2002 she penned her best-selling memoirs “Hold The Roses,” and just months before she passed away at the age of 94 on December 28, 2017, her documentary, “Wait For Your Laugh” was released to critical acclaim.

In recognition of her amazing career and her contribution to the world of comedy her archives, including her trademark bow, costumes, scripts, awards, correspondence, photos, home movies and scrapbooks are housed at the National Comedy Center with the likes of George Carlin, Shelley Berman and Lucille Ball. As a testament to her standing in the world of entertainment, the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has enshrined numerous items from her lifetime of performing.

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