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Peter Marshall: According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think he's really attractive, is it okay to come out directly and ask him if he's married?
Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.
There was once a memorable episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show in which Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) went on a late night, Johnny Carson-type talk show and asked the whole coast-to-coast audience...for a husband.  That's how The Hollywood Squares fans remember her, too, because that was she pretended to do every morning...only she was slightly more raucous.  If the Squares were a real party she'd be there looking for a man, not finding one, and then getting good-natured laughs and becoming the life of the party because of it.

Rose Marie Mazzetta was born in New York City in August 1923 and was established in show business no less than six years later.   Belting out tunes as "Baby Rose Marie," she wowed movie audiences and NBC radio listeners as the Leann Rimes of her day (only younger).   But even Baby Rose Marie had to grow up and so she did...only to re-establish herself as a character actress in the 1950s.  Her numerous TV roles include regular spots on
My Sister Eileen and The Doris Day Show.  Rose Marie has the distinction of being the only regular to have appeared in both the first and last episodes and appeared throughout most of the run. She joined the show at a very difficult time in her life: her job on The Dick Van Dyke Show had just ended, and her longtime husband, bandleader Bobby Guy, had just died after a sudden illness.  But she hid it well.

Outside her Square (usually top middle), she's best remembered as the man-chasing Sally Rogers o
n The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Rose Marie has continued acting, appearing in shows like Caroline in the City (in an episode that also featured Dick Van Dyke Show and Squares co-star Morey Amsterdam) and Wings. She also appeared once in the Tom Bergeron Squares

On October 3, 2001, Rose Marie got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  It's at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard, near LaBrea. And in February 2003, she released an autobiography, "Hold the Roses," which took us through her years of show business going all the way back to the 1930s.
Peter Marshall: As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while you are talking?
Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing older question, Peter...and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget!  

(from the June 1980 NBC finale)
Peter Marshall: Way back in 1256, a philosopher and monk named Roger Bacon took 41.2 percent salt peter, and 29.4 each of sulfur and carbon, and came up with the modern version of something...what?
Rose Marie: Army food. 

Peter Marshall: True or False: the biggest problem couples face in marriage is having sex.
Rose Marie: No, that's the second biggest problem.  The biggest problem is no sex. 

Peter Marshall: Is it okay to freeze mushrooms?
Rose Marie: What else do I have to do, Pete? 

Peter Marshall: You're a shy, bashful girl...
Rose Marie: Oh no I'm not!
Peter Marshall:  All hypothetical, of course. According to "Cosmo," will you probably be helped in overcoming your shyness by choosing an extroverted, outgoing husband?
Rose Marie: Gosh Peter, I did that once and his wife caught us.  

Peter Marshall: During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
Rose Marie: Unfortunately, Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.  

Peter Marshall: According to Good Housekeeping, how many years is the life expectancy of your lingerie?
Rose Marie: If you're talking about wear and tear, mine will last forever.   

Peter Marshall: In bowling, what's a perfect score?
Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy. 

Peter Marshall: True or false, most people's attitudes toward strangers is, "Don't get too close to me, I prefer to keep you at arm's length!"
(loud horn sounds to signify end of nighttime show)
Rose Marie: That's my opinion!  

Peter Marshall: True or can get a camel to be more cooperative by giving it tobacco and perfume.
Rose Marie: You can get an awful lot out of
me that way! 

Peter Marshall:  True or false...a new millionaire is made every 30 minutes.
Rose Marie: Not by me.

Peter Marshall: In 1914, a new dance was introduced to America that became so controversial that it was barred from college campuses, and ministers preached against it as immoral.  We do it today though.  What dance was it? 
Rose Marie: Why do you ask
me a question about 1914?!

(from a 1968 daytime episode)
Peter Marshall:  According to experts, is it ever a good idea to sleep with the window open?
Rose Marie:  I won't say what
I sleep with!

Peter Marshall: True or false, if you have difficulty hitting the sack, a good idea is to talk yourself to sleep?
Rose Marie: Or Tom Snyder could do the same thing.

Peter Marshall: You have a man...
Peter Marshall: It gets better. If you have a man in a full-nelson, where are your hands?
(Rose's face lights up with a weird, giggly expression)

Peter Marshall: According to Ann Landers, nothing will make a young teenage couple stay together as much as when their parents do something. Do what?
Rose Marie: When they go away for the weekend. When they're left alone, they have a ball.

Peter Marshall: The great Sphinx has a human's head, but whose body?
Rose Marie: Milton Berle's.
(Berle happens to be in the next square)
Milton Berle:  I'll tell the jokes.
Rose Marie: Whose?

Peter Marshall: According to Billy Graham, is it all right for people approximately in their seventies to live together without marrying? According to Billy Graham, is that OK?
Rose Marie
(under her breath): I don't know why I get these questions. I really don't.

Peter Marshall: According to Cosmo, can doctors do anything for your stretch marks?
Rose Marie: Well, if he's musically inclined, he can strum them. Gee, Peter! I mean after all!

Peter Marshall: Is there anything in or on your body that was there the day you were born?
Rose Marie
(points to her head): The black bow!

Peter Marshall: True or false, Russia has a government agency that will completely plan your entire wedding?
Rose Marie: Well, they wouldn't do it with me. They just refused flat out.
Peter: Why?
Rose: I don't know. They said I had to have a guy.

Peter Marshall: Can you get a closer shave in the morning or in the evening?
Rose Marie: I don't know, Peter! I DON'T SHAVE!! face I mean. What a stupid question.

Peter Marshall: According to Billy Graham, there is only one thing that can satisfy your deepest longings. What?
Rose Marie: You want names or just...?

Peter Marshall: According to beauty experts, you put some egg white on your face, leave it on for two minutes, and then rinse with cool water. If you've been successful, what's gone?
Rose Marshall: The egg white.

Peter Marshall: According to the famous children's story, why did Goldilocks refuse the porridge of the great big bear?
Rose Marie: Papa Bear?
Peter Marshall: M-hmm.
Rose Marie: Probably Vincent (Price) was playing the part, and he cooked it.

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