grown up Baby Rose Marie has her life
all squared away
These are busy days for
Van Nuys actress Rose Marie. She's putting
the finishing touches on a new act, "4
Girls 4," which will open Sept. 6 at
Doheny Plaza, Beverly Hills; she'll guest
star on Hal Kanter's "Just for Laughs"
and she's beginning her 11th season on "Hollywood
At the Doheny Plaza, she'll
share the spotlight with her singing contemporaries:
Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting and Barbara
Marie's Valley home is buzzin with activity.
Sammy Cahn is calling long distance from
New York, her manager has dropped by with
contracts to be signed and her dog Scruffy
is bounding about the house enjoying all
She says she asked Cahn
to write a parody of "I'm Glad I'm
Not Young Anymore" for her opening
number in "4 Girls 4." "Sammy
is so busy that getting him to do anything
is next to impossible. But he stopped everything
to write new lyrics for me. He sang them
to me on the phone and they're great,"
she says. "How lucky can I be? I open
my act with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and close
with Anthony Newley's."
The singer, the actress,
the comedienne, the game show panelist is
at her happiest.
And if there's any comfort
in astrology, and Rose Marie is a firm believer,
things are going to get even better. Everything
in her future is in ascendency, her astrologist
tells her. It's a good year for the entertainer,
who is a double Leo. "Double Leos,"
Rose Marie explains, are people whose birth
and time of birth are under the sing of
But actually good luck started
for Rose Marie the day she sang "What
Can I say After I say I'm Sorry?" in
an amateur talent content in Atlantic City.
She not only won the contest,
but was signed to an NBC radio contract.
She was only 3 years old when she attained
national fame as Baby Rose Marie. She also
became a recording artist.
When the public doubted
that the mature-husky voice on her records
was that of a child, the record company
was forced tos end Baby Rose Marie on a
national personal appearnce tour.
"I was a has-been by
the time I was 12," she laughs. But
by the time she was 16, she was back in
show business and singing in New York's
plush Versailles Room. Then came Broadway
musicals, including "Top Banana"
with Phil Silvers.
Rose Marie says she knew
three days after she met the late Bobby
Guy, a trumpet player with Kay Kyser's Band,
that she would marry him.
When Guy joined the NBC
Orchestra, the couple moved to California
and established a home on a quiet street
in Van Nuys where Rose Marie has lived for
the past 25 years.
It's only recently that
she's felt in the mood to make any changes
in the decor of the house she shared with
her husband and their daughger Georgiana.
Until now, everything has remained just
as it was when Guy was alive. "For
six months after he passed away, I couldn't
bring myself to sleep in our bedroom,"
Georgiana, who now has her
own apartment, is a producer with NBC Television.
But she's still the apple of her mother's
eye. "Georgiana owns five horses,"
Rose Marie says. "She's won more than
400 trophies as an equestrienne."
Georgiana was in an accident
several years ago her mother says, and doctor
told her she'd never ride another horse.
After she was completely recovered she entered
a show and won the top trophy. The next
day, she took the trophy to the doctor's
office and gave it to him for a present.
Rose Marie and Georgiana
are very close, as are Rose Marie and her
mother, Mrs. Stella Mazzetta. Rose Marie
calls her mother, who lives in New Jersey,
every day. "She watches all my television
shows and she's my best critic."
Rose Marie's home is attractively
decorated in an Early American theme. Two
of her prized possessions are paintings
by the late Cliff Arquette (televisions's
Charlie Weaver), who was a Civil War buff.
She also prizes two antique
tea canisters, the labels of which read,
"Rose Marie Tea." They were given
to her by actress Jackie Joseph.
One of Rose Marie's favorite
hobbies is collecting china. And this she
has done all over the world. She has six
complete place settings for 12 and, eight
place settings for eight. Complete sets
of dishes for every holiday of the year
including Christmas, Thanksgiving Valentine's
Day round out the collection. She loves
unusual cups and saucers and has them displayed
throughout the house.
All this interest in table
settings stems, no doubt, from the fact
that Rose Marie is noted for being a good
cook. On a recent production of Hollywood
Squares, "one of the prizes awared
to a contestant was "a home-cooked
dinner for 12 by Rose Marie."
She entertains her friends
often, she says. It's always a sit-down
supper: There are always 12 guests and I
do all the cooking.
Frequently joining her at
these friendship dinners are Doris Day and
Dick Van Dyke, on whose respective television
shows she played continuing role. Another
dinner "regular" is Peter Marshall,
host of "Hollywood Squares."
Rose Marie's trademark is
the tiny bow she wears in her hair. She's
never without it.
No, it is not a reminder
that she was once Baby Rose Marie. She wears
it for a reason, she admits, but has never
divulged what it is and she says she never
It's her secret and she
plans to keep it.