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Rose Marie's Black Bow Now in the Smithsonian

Nine legendary actresses donate artifacts from their work on the stage and screen

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The museum got quite a haul, including an original script from "The Birds" from Tippi Hedren and Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson giving away her "TV Land Award."

To get some insight, I called Rose Marie, who donated the black bow she always wore in her hair, playing Sally Rogers on the "Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 1960s. While she still always wears a bow (it's her trademark), she won't tell why it's so important to her.

"It's a very private personal reason," she says. "I said I would only give up (the bow) if the Smithsonian wants it."

But what impressed me most was Rose Marie's appearance when she was just three-years-old in some of the first talking films in the 1920s as a singing and dancing kid wonder. The clips on YouTube show a little girl with a moptop haircut belting out jazz tunes and scatting with the best of them. Sure enough, Rose Marie also donated her childhood dancing shoes.


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