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Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie dies at 94

Actress and singer Rose Marie, who starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show and appeared on The Hollywood Squares for 14 years, died Thursday at her home in California. She was 94.

Born Rose Marie Mazetta on Aug. 15, 1923, she started her career in acting and singing at age three, performing on stage at New York's Mecca Theater. She was dubbed "Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder," and appeared on the NBC Radio Network. In the 1930s, Marie toured in vaudeville, and in the 1940s, performed in nightclubs and theaters, and was co-headliner on opening night of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Marie played Sally Rogers on all five seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and was nominated for an Emmy in 1963, 1964, and 1966. "We were a tight-knit, hard-working crew," she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2004. "I couldn't wait to get to the set each day." She appeared in several television shows and movies, and was active in animal welfare issues. A documentary on her life, Wait for Your Laugh, premiered in November. She is survived by her daughter, Georgiana.