We Say Good-bye to Two Leading Ladies of TV

Atlanta news reporter Amanda Davis dies after suffering massive stroke at airport

Amanda Davis, an Atlanta TV anchor whose career spanned more than 25 years, died after being hospitalized for a massive stroke.

Davis, 62, was news anchor for WGCL-TV. Prior to that, she was a reporter and anchor for Atlanta’s Fox affiliate, WAGA-TV.

In 2016, she spoke publicly about a DUI arrest and her battle against alcoholism.

She told the Journal she wanted to stay sober so she could help others battle their addictions.

Davis was at Atlanta’s airport Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday when she suffered a stroke. She heading to San Antonio following the death of her step-father. See the full story at USA TODAY.

Rose Marie, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ star who refused to retire, dies at 94

Rose Marie, who broke ground for working women on TV on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died Thursday at age 94.

Rose Marie proved the value of continuing to work right through what others consider to be ‘retirement age.’ IMAGE: Youtube 

The versatile entertainer, a child star in the 1920s whose career spanned 90 years, had been quite active recently, regaling her 125,000 Twitter followers with witty tweets.

The actress is the second main cast member from the classic Van Dyke comedy series to die this year. Mary Tyler Moore died in January at age 80. The show’s namesake is 92.

Van Dyke creator Carl Reiner, 95, tweeted his condolences.

“There’s never been a more engaging & multi-talented performer,” he wrote.

“In a span of 90 years, since she was four, dear Rosie performed on radio, in vaudeville, night clubs, films, TV, & Vegas & always had audiences clamoring for ‘more!!'”

Rose Marie, who also appeared on The Doris Day Show and The Hollywood Squares, was best known for playing Sally Rogers on the Van Dyke show, which ran from 1961 to 1966.

Her Sally was a wisecracking comedy writer who more than held her own with the guys, while also making jokes about her own love life.  

Rose Marie Mazetta began her career at age 3 by winning an amateur contest that took her to Atlantic City, where she became known as Baby Rose Marie.

A radio career followed, including her own show and albums, and Rose Marie sang for Presidents Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt.

After marrying musician Bobby Guy, she moved to California. She was hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal to perform at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in the 1940s.

Starting in the late 1970s, Rose Marie toured with singers Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting as 4 Girls 4. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and published a memoir, Hold the Roses, the same year.

When asked about retiring, she said: “I’ve been in show business my whole life. Why start something new now?” See the full story at USA TODAY.

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