Rose Marie No Longer Is
Eye View, December 17, 1961, By Bert
in the Independent Press
Telegram, Long Beach, CA
When a child hits age 36, it is time
to shred the swaddling clothes.
In fact, swaddling shedding is way overdue.
But it is difficult to shuck the raiment
of childhood when you are a phenomenon.
Legend does not stop becoming legend
with added age. Its flavor mellows with
When Baby Rose Marie was 5 years old,
she started becoming a legend. She had a
It was a husky, masculine voice that
sometimes led sceptical listeners to believe
that Lawrence Tibbets was in the wings singing
the song the pint-size girl was mouthing.
Lawrence Tibbets was not in the wings.
The voice actually boomed from the girl.
It was not just a freakish voice. It
was not just some-throat rasping.
It was harmonious. It was pleasant.
So was the child who used it.
She used it on radio. She used it in
motion pictures. She used it on the stage
and in recordings.
She professionally used it and the name
Baby Rose Marie until she was 13 years old
"and I became fat and ugly."
THE FATNESS AND UGLIN ESS are gone now,
if, indeed, they ever did exist save in
the mind of the then teen-ager.
They are gone but the name, "Baby,"
"Lots of people still call me 'Baby'."
"Actually, they mean it with love
and affection and I really shouldn't resent
But the fact remains that "Baby"
Rose Marie no longer is.
Rose Marie, yes.
An accomplished comedienne — who can
still belt out a tune In a voice that has
shown remarkably little change — she is
featured in the role of Sally on "The
Dick Van Dyke Show" at 8 p.m. Tuesdays
on CBS-TV (channel 2).
The woman who was "Baby" has
been married for 15 years to trumpeter Bobby
Guy. They have a 13-year-old daughter, Georgiana.
Understand this woman. She is not resentful
because she was a child star.
"Listen," she said. "I
don't know where people get the idea that
a child actor has to be deprived of a normal
"I had time, most of the time, to
attend public school. I had everyday friends.
"On Saturday mornings I had to clean
my room, including scrubbing the floor.
"My mother (Mrs. Stella Curlcy)
repeatedly told me: 'Whenever you want to
stop being an actress, just say so and you
"I never said I wanted to stop.
"A child actor has got to want it
to do it.
"I don't care what kind of a 'stage'
mother or father he has.
'There is nothing any 'stage' mother
or father can do about it if their child
rebels. If he doesn't want to act, they
can't force him.
"Because, even if they could force
him out on the stage, the forcing would
show in his performance. His performance
would be a nothing. And 'nothing' performers
ROSE MARIE, who wasn't forced, has lasted.
The child, who "was bom in a wind
tunnel," became an acting adult that
traipsed the nightclub circuit from East
Coast to West.
The child became an adult that was co-starred
with Phil Silvers in a Broadway musical,
The child is a woman who has appeared
in dramatic roles on such television programs
as "Gunsmoke," "Studio
57" and "M-Squad."
She is a comedienne.
'Two drunks went to a zoo and stopped
to look at a lion. The lion roared. One
of the drunks started to run away. The other
" 'You can't leave now,' the second
drunk said to the first. The movie just
She is a housewife who cooks, knits and
believes marriage and a career can successfully
She is a mother who isn't sure whether
she should be concerned or amused because
her 13-year-old daughter has a mania for
She is all these adult things.
Just don't call her "Baby."