Marie has a regular role (she plays a writer)
on CBS-TV's, "Dick Van Dyke Show."
But in a recent episode she appeared only
briefly at the start, and this caused considerable
consternation in the town of Palisade, N.J.
The very next day Rose Marie received
a letter from Palisade which read:
were you tonight, honey? I looked around
and you had gone. Please Tell Earl Randolph
and Seldom Bernardi that all of the people
here asked me about you.
name was in the TV schedule; so they watched
the show because they saw your name, and
where were you? They asked me if you were
in every week, and I said I didn't know
thank God nobody can point a finger at you.
Just do your work and kill them with all
the talent you got in your little finger.
They still got a lot to learn. Love, Mother."
For sheer lyric prose and the ad-libbed
malaprop, Rose Marie will stand her mother
up along side George Jessel's mom or Gracie
Allen any day--and give points.
"Nobody believes my mother,"
says cavern-voiced Rose Marie, until they
meet her. She is a gas!"
For some reason which Rose Marie has
never quite fathomed, her mother always
has invented her own names for people. The
"Earl Randolph" and "Seldom
Bernardi" mentioned in the above letter
refer to Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard,
who write and produce the "Dick Van
Dyke Show," which, incidentally, is
called the "Dick Van Dick Show"
by Rose Marie's mother.
Maybe it is because Stella Curley (that's
her mother's real name) has trouble remembering
On the set at Desilu Studios where the
show is filmed, anyone who hasn't got a
name from Rose Marie's mother feels slighted.
Morey Amsterdam is just plain Murray. Mary
Tyle Moore (who plays Dick's wife) is Minnie
In another of her mother's weekly letters
Rose Marie read this newsy item:
the market they have a magazine with a picture
with you and Murray on it and it sold out
right away. It's free when you buy at the
store, but my friends buy a lot and took
one each time. Tell the people there that
your cover was sold out at the market even
faster than the one with that Benny Cossack's
picture on it."
Rose Marie had just about given up on
Benny Cossack, until she came across the
magazine herself and found to her relief
that it had Ernie Kovacs' picture on the
cover. "I can't imagine how I happened
to flub that one." says Rose Marie