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Marie on singing Little Girl Blue
her book Hold the Roses:
I wore black for a year. That was my
way of showing respect for my husband. Everyone
looked at me like a woman from the old country.
I didn’t care. Everyone at the show [The
Dick Van Dyke Show] was just great.
Richard Deacon told everybody, “Don’t put
your arm around her or she’ll start to cry.
Don’t bring up any subject relating to Bobby--if
she wants to talk about it fine.” They changed
lines in the show that would remind me of
anything...they were absolutely the best!
We went on to do the last year of The
Dick Van Dyke Show......
For about a year after the end of The
Dick Van Dyke Show, I did nothing.
I couldn’t sing or even think about working.
But then I got a call from Dinah Shore.
She was doing a teenage special show and
wanted Noopy and me to do the show. I didn’t
want to, but Noopy wanted to do it and she
begged me to please do the show. So
we did. Dinah and her daughter Missy, Noopy
and I. We sang, we danced. It was a great
show, and Dinah was wonderful to me. She
told me to get off my ass and go to work.
I said, “Yeah, it’s not that easy.”
They called me to do The Dean Martin
Show and sing a ballad. I said, “I can’t
sing. It doesn’t come out right.” Guess
what song they wanted me to sing? “Little
Girl Blue,” a real tearjerker if there ever
was one. Greg Garrison, the director, called
me and said he wanted me to sing a straight
song and not do comedy. Greg was Milton
Berle’s director on the old Texaco TV show,
and he knew Bobby. They had talked cars
all the time. He said he wanted to show
the dramatic part of me--whatever that meant.
I finally said, “Okay,” and went to the
studio to record the song, with Les Brown’s
Orchestra. I couldn’t go through with it.
I broke down and cried and ran into my dressing
room. I had never done anything like that
in my life, and I felt like an idiot. Greg
didn’t come to get me--he let me cool off
and just waited for me to go back to the
mike and record. All the guys in the band
knew. They had all known Bobby, so thank
God, they understood.
The Dean Martin Show was great. They
did all kinds of effects for my number and
it was nominated for an Emmy. Then Dean
sang, “[Smile],” to me and I
couldn’t help it, the tears began pouring
down. Then Dean kissed me and held me in
his arms. It was quite a memorable moment.