'Dick Van Dyke Show' Wins 2011 Television Critics Association Award


THE Dick Van Dyke SHOW was been selected as a 2011 Television Critics Association Award winner. The series was the top vote getter in the category of "Heritage Award." The TCA presents this prestigious award to one long-standing program that has culturally or socially impacted society. Carol Reiner, Larry Mathews and he first Lady of Las Vegas, Rose Marie, were on hand to accept the honor. "Sheldon Leonard told me that if you want the best, to get Rose Marie," recalled Carl Reiner. Ms. Marie said, "When they first approached me about being part of The Dick Van Dyke Show, I said "What's a Dick Van Dyke?"

One of entertainment's longest and most fascinating careers began at the age of 3 and was billed as Baby Rose Marie. She starred in several of the earliest talking films, beginning with a 1929 short, Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder, which was screened in theaters before feature films such as "The Jazz Singer." In 1946, when Las Vegas opened its first big-time casino hotel, The Flamingo, Rose Marie was hired by Benjamin "Bugsy" Segal as one of the headliners, along with Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat. She had a brief Broadway career in Top Banana with Phil Silvers and in 1960, she accepted her first regular role on "My Sister Eileen." The next year, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered and Rose Marie became a household name. After five seasons, she moved to "The Doris Day Show." She is the only original member of the hit game show "Hollywood Squares" to have worked on all of its reincarnations and its hosts. She toured extensively with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell & Margaret Whiting in 4 Girls 4 and has released her best selling memoirs "Hold The Roses." In 2009, a selection of items from Rose Marie's career was inducted into the Smithsonian Institutes first permanent Entertainment Exhibit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Fsf1DQ_OE