She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October of 2001, later releasing a best-selling memoir, Hold the Roses, in 2006. Born Rose Marie Mazzetta on August 15, 1923, the same day when Broadway musical Rose-Marie opened, she started her career at age 3 by winning an amateur talent show as Baby Rose Marie. Marie appeared in several Paramount pictures, including International House and Big Broadcast of 1935.
She also appeared in Top Banana with Phil Silvers and got a regular role in My Sister Eileen. Beginning in the ’40s, she performed in nightclubs and theaters. Her life was later encapsulated in the film Wait For Your Laugh, directed by Jason Wise. She co-headlined on the opening night of Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in 1946 and was a regular on the game show The Hollywood Squares. “I play me in almost everything I do,” she once said. Throughout her life, Marie was active in many causes, most notably animal welfare.