Sad news out of Hollywood: Rose Marie has died at age 94. The news was confirmed via an obituary shared on her Twitter page on Thursday, Dec. 28. The actor was perhaps best known for playing comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, but her career began as a child star, going by the name Baby Rose Marie. She'd been in the industry for decades, and you might recognize her from Hollywood Squares. As soon as news spread of her passing, Twitter reacted to losing the comedy legend.
As the message shared to her personal Twitter pointed out, "Heaven just got a whole lot funnier," alongside a picture of her and her dog. The tweet read,
"It is with broken hearts that we share the terribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon."
That same tweet also linked to her website, which featured more information about her career as a whole. The site also mentions she's survived by her Georgiana Marie “Noopy” and her son-in-law Steven Rodrigues.
In recent years, Rose Marie (full name: Rose MarieMazetta) had also garnered new fans, thanks to her Twitter page, according to Entertainment Weekly. She was incredibly active on the site, including post old photos looking back at snapshots of her career.
Speaking of looks back at her work, the obituary on her website also included a clip featuring her friendships from her time on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Just one look at Rose Marie's IMDb page, and you'll see her career was stacked with acting credits, including cameos on shows you may not have even realized. Yes, that includes playing Agatha Caufield in a Hey Arnold episode and various voices on The Garfield Show, as well as multiple episodes of The Love Boat. She'd also appeared on The Doris Day Show and Hardball for multiple episodes.
Most recently, however, Rose Marie appeared in a 2017 documentary about her life called Wait For Your Laugh. And according to Vanity Fair, she was one of the first acts in Hollywood to go by one name. She told the publication in November,
"First of all, I was ‘Baby Rose Marie.' As I grew older, into the awkward age, I became ‘Miss Rose Marie.’ And, as I got older, I said, ‘The hell with ‘Miss’ . . . just make it ‘Rose Marie!’”
That double name left an impact on fans and Hollywood as a whole. Following the news of her passing, her name soon trended on Twitter and the fan tributes came pouring in.
And in what sounds like a beautiful tribute, Ana Martinez, a producer for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, tweeted that flowers would be placed on Rose Marie's star on the morning of Friday, Dec. 29 in her memory. She received her star on the Walk of Fame back in 2001.
Others on Twitter acknowledged her contributions as a woman in comedy, and pointing out how she helped pave the way for others in the all too often male-dominated industry.
In fact, more than one person on the social media site dubbed Rose Marie a "pioneer" in the comedy field, since her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show came before plenty of today's biggest names.
As her obituary points out, Rose Marie was once asked about whether she'd retire, and instead, she replied, "I've been in show business my whole life. Why start something new now?" And it's true — in terms of life-long careers, Rose Marie's completely fits the bill. She's already missed by fans and her work won't be forgotten.