ROSE MARIE Rose Marie signs a typed letter saying that she regrets not being able to attend the Founder's Benefit due to a prior commitment. Typed Letter Signed: "Rose Marie", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Van Nuys, California, 1979 June 28.

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ROSE MARIE Rose Marie signs a typed letter saying that she regrets not being able to attend the Founder's Benefit due to a prior commitment. Typed Letter Signed: "Rose Marie", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Van Nuys, California, 1979 June 28. On stationery imprinted with her facsimile signature to comedienne and actress Phyllis Diller. Begins: "Dearest Phyllis". In full: "I am absolutely heart broken that our present tour of '4 Girls 4' has us on the road and therefore it was not possible for me to attend the Founder's Benefit that was held last evening. I apologize too for being this late in my reply, but our schedule is so hectic it's a wonder I was able to get to any of my mail before the tour was over. I do hope the evening was a most successful one. I know the work being done by the organization is just marvelous and my love and thoughts were with all of you even though I was not able to be there in person. Hopefully my schedule will be such that I will be able to join all of you next year. In the meantime, please accept the enclosed donation with my special love and prayers and thank you for having thought of me. Take care and God bless you always. All my love". With original stamped, typed mailing envelope. Multitalented ROSE MARIE (born Rose Marie Mazetta 1923-2017) had two careers - first as "Baby Rose Marie", appearing on stage at the age of three and later becoming a vaudeville and NBC radio star and later as a comedienne and actress who appeared on stages from Broadway to Las Vegas and on both the big and small screen. Rose Marie is best known for her role as wisecracking Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), but she also starred in several other series, including My Sister Eileen (1960-1961) and The Doris Day Show (1969-1971) and the popular game show, Hollywood Squares. She made her film debut in 1933's International House and then appeared in 1954's Top Banana, reprising her role from the 1953 Broadway musical that co-starred Phil Silvers. Her other credits include Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Cheaper to Keep Her (1980) and Ghettoblaster (1989), and she has also appeared in several made-for-TV movies and made numerous guest appearances on TV shows, including a recurring role on The Bob Cummings Show (1958, 1959). Comedienne PHYLLIS DILLER (1917-2012), known for her outrageous appearance, zany outfits, distinctive laugh and a stand-up act that featured frequent references to her fictional husband, "Fang", and zingers about her sex appeal and numerous plastic surgeries, got her big break in March 1955 (at age 37), when she debuted at San Francisco's Purple Onion club. A subsequent appearance on The Tonight Show hosted by Jack Paar launched her national career, which got a big boost after Bob Hope saw Diller in a Washington, D.C. club. A favorite of the comedian, Diller would appear in three of Hope's films and 23 of his TV specials. Diller, who recorded her first comedy record album in 1959, took her groundbreaking "funny hausfrau" act to nightclubs and television variety shows and specials and she also appeared on the big screen. Her feature film credits include Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Fat Spy (1966), Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Sunshine Boys (1975) and The Silence of the Hams (1994), and she provided the voice of the Queen in A Bug's Life (1998). By 2000, the comedienne, who had trained as a concert pianist before her marriage (1939-1965) to Sherwood Anderson Diller, had appeared as a piano soloist with 100 symphony orchestras across the U.S. Despite retiring from nightclub/stage tours in May 2002 at the age of 84, Diller continued to make films (Motorcross Kids, 2004; Forget About It, 2005) and occasionally appear on TV programs, including two episodes of 7th Heaven (2002, 2003) and a guest shot on The Wayne Brady Show (2004). Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paperclip impression and rust stain at upper margin. Fine condition.

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