Crusty Rose Marie Makes Rape Joke


87-year-old Rose Marie is not only alert, she’s as quick and saucy as ever.’s Matthew Rettenmund tells me that the beloved co-star of The Dick Van Dyke Show (and a one-time Hollywood Square) was raunchily amusing at this weekend’s “Hollywood Show” for autograph seekers, held at the Burbank Airport Marriott!

Yes, the enterprising ex-vaudevillian found a spot at the gala convention for the fame-challenged, amid an Oscar winner (Martin Landau), an Eddie Fisher ex (Connie Stevens), and a Mayim Bialik survivor (Joey Lawrence).

She even summoned the gumption to charge 20 bucks for signed photos, also gamely pushing her CDs on fans.

But perhaps Rose Marie’s most memorable moment centered on her being wheeled into the ladies room to relieve herself.

When her helper wheeled her out, Rose Marie jokily exclaimed, “He raped me!”

How old-school.

How politically incorrect.

She probably charged 20 bucks.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 4, 2011

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