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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

While she says that being in the Smithsonian was "the greatest honor an American can get," she definitely felt that classic actresses deserved a spot there.

Performers "are very important to this country. We taught the country to be entertained, we taught them how to sing, how to dance," she says. "When the depression was on, for a nickel you could go see a movie and forget your troubles. That is our function."

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