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From Vaudeville to Dick Van Dyke and beyond, Rose Marie reflects on her prolific career in new documentary ‘Wait For Your Laugh’

Actress Rose Marie arrives at the Hollywood Film Festival presentation of
Actress Rose Marie arrives at the Hollywood Film Festival presentation of "Bullets Over Hollywood" at the Arclight Theatre October 20, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
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Before Barbara, Cher, Liza, Madonna, or Beyoncé, Rose Marie was the original single-name star.

Pretty much since she could walk, Rose Marie Mazetta has been in the spotlight. From starring in early talking films under the name “Baby Rose Marie” at age 3, to a brief run on Broadway, to her iconic work on shows like The Doris Day Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, her career in show business has spanned almost 90 years and nearly every medium there is.

In his new documentary ‘Wait For Your Laugh,’ director Jason Wise takes us on the almost nine decade journey that is Rose Marie’s career, covering her rise to fame, how she came to be known by only her first name and what it was like being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Though biographical, the film is also a story of perseverance, the role of women as writers and performers in televisions and film, and the evolution of the entertainment industry.

The documentary features interviews with collaborators and colleagues like Carl Reiner, Tim Conway, and Dick Van Dyke.

At 94, Rose Marie is still cracking jokes like she was decades ago, and she never has to wait long for a laugh. Larry Mantle talks with the timeless star and the documentary director about her long career, the friends and admirers she’s made along the way, and what’s next for her.


Rose Marie, actress and singer; she stars in the new documentary about her life and career, ‘Wait For Your Laugh’; she tweets @RoseMarie4Real

Jason Wise, director and co-writer of ‘Wait For Your Laugh”; he tweets @JasonBWise