Remembering Show Business Icon and Longtime PETA Supporter Rose Marie

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Rose Marie—most well known for her role as witty comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show—died Thursday at the age of 94.

Many know Marie for her decades in showbiz, but the actor also spent decades as a PETA supporter. She lit up a 1992 PETA fundraiser at Hollywood’s Magic Castle with her humor and sparkle, and she was an honorary member of our gala committees over the years. Those who follow her on Twitter are familiar with her fierce compassion for animals. Less than a month ago, she tweeted her support for “our four legged friends” affected by the Southern California wildfires:

Marie’s love for dogs was evident, like in this tweet of her and Doris Day giving Day’s canine companion some on-set attention:

And this one, where she describes dogs’ unconditional love:

Her dog Bailey was a constant in her life (and her Twitter feed!):

While many will remember Marie for her career in show business, raspy voice, and staple black hair bow, we’ll remember the icon for her kind treatment of animals. In her memory, let’s show all animals compassion and speak up for those whose cries are often ignored: Raise your voice for animals today.

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