Mazzetta, Rose Marie

Rose Marie Mazzetta
Rose Marie Mazzetta

Rose Marie Mazzetta

Stage names: Rose Marie; Baby Rose Marie and Miss Rose Marie.

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Rose Marie was born August 15, 1923 in New York City to Stella Gluscak and Frank Mazzetta. She started her career at the age of three singing to neighbors, who entered her into amateur contests at the Mecca Theater. She was a sensation and became known by the stage name of Baby Rose Marie, until she was fifteen years old, when she changed it to Miss Rose Marie. At the age of six she attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City. When she went on tour and came to Los Angeles, this is her account of attending Lawlor Professional School:

We stayed on for another two weeks. My mother thought it was time for me to come home, but since we decided to stay, she felt I should go to school while I was in Hollywood. There was a Professional Children’s School like in New York called Miss Lawlor’s Professional School. It was located just around the corner from where we were staying [at the Franklin Apartments on Franklin Avenue, Hollywood], so it was easy to get there. We went over and I was enrolled immediately. The next day I was in school with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, who were still known there as Joe Yule Jr. and Frances Gumm. We quickly became friends, and we had a lot of fun together. It was only later that Mickey and I became really good friends, and we still are to this day. Judy and I only saw each other a few times.
[From: Page 35; Rose Marie’s book, Hold the Roses. Published by University Press of Kentucky, 2002.]

Rose Marie was 7 years old when she was in school in Hollywood in 1930. Her enrollment at Lawlor Professional School in Hollywood was only for a few months, most likely from September to December 1930. Upon her return to the east coast she again enrolled in the New York Professional Children’s School. Rose Marie’s busy career of radio, movies and live performances didn’t have much room for schooling and she eventually dropped out. By eleven her mother enrolled Rose Marie and her brother in the Epiphany Parochial School in New Jersey, from which she graduated high school.

Rose Marie’s career spans eight decades on the stage, on radio, in movies, and television. Her best recognized role was that of Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Internet Movie Data Base credits her with acting in over sixty movies, and over forty television guest appearances.

Rose Marie was married to musician Bobby Guy (William Robert Guy; 28 March 1916 – 27 May 1964) for eighteen years. Their daughter is Georgiana Guy.

Links to other resources about Rose Marie:

Internet Movie Database listing:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0547300/

Wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Marie

Video interview at TV Land:
http://www.tvland.com/video/index.jhtml?bcpid=192878564&bclid=194642940&bctid=194642984

Profile on NNBD:
http://www.nndb.com/people/921/000031828/

Biography on TV.com:
http://www.tv.com/rose-marie/person/5716/biography.html
Photo supplied by Rose Marie