Beat the Clock Assistant, Seven Year Itch Actress Was 95


Roxanne Rosedale, the glamorous mannequin and actress who assisted host Bud Collyer on the Nineteen Fifties sport present Beat the Clock and appeared within the Marilyn Monroe-starring The Seven Yr Itch, has died. She was 95.

Recognized professionally as Roxanne, she died Might 2 in an assisted care facility in her birthplace of Minneapolis, her daughter Ann Roddy instructed The Hollywood Reporter.

Roxanne turned a vastly fashionable TV star after she joined CBS’ Beat the Clock, from Mark Goodson-Invoice Todman Productions, in 1950. She would introduce the contestants — who have been tasked with finishing difficult, outrageous stunts in an allotted time — snapped photographs with a Sylvania digicam and posed alongside the winners’ prizes. (Watch an episode here.)

Whereas on the present, she made the covers of such magazines as Life, Look and (with Collyer) TV Guide and even had a doll named for her. The blue-eyed Roxanne Dolls featured a Beat the Clock tag on her wrist and a tiny digicam, and the sport present assistant would typically hand them out on this system.

In 1952, Roxanne had her first onscreen performing assignments on episodes of the CBS drama Casey, Crime Photographer, starring Richard Carlyle, and the syndicated anthology sequence Broadway Tv Theatre.

In Billy Wilder’s The Seven Yr Itch (1955), she performed a lady named Elaine who rolls round on a seashore with Tom Ewell’s Richard Sherman in a fantasy scene that parodies Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr’s in From Right here to Eternity.

Roxanne with Beat the Clock host Bud Collyer.

Courtesy Everett Assortment

Born on March 20, 1929, Dolores Evelyn Rosedale attended Central Excessive Faculty and studied style design on the Minneapolis Faculty of Positive Arts. She completed second within the Miss Minneapolis magnificence pageant in 1947 and moved to New York, changing into a mannequin with the Harry Conover company and learning with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio (her classmates there included Ben Gazzara).

Roxanne made her TV debut in 1948 on the CBS sport present Winner Take All, additionally hosted by Collyer in what was the primary sport present produced by Goodson & Todman. When that was canceled after two seasons, she and Collyer went to work on Beat the Clock.

She left the present in August 1955 — and was changed by Beverly Bentley — after marrying businessman Tom Roddy in 1954 and changing into pregnant with Ann, her first born.

She appeared on Broadway in 1956 in A Hatful of Rain and within the crime drama The Younger Don’t Cry (1957), starring Sal Mineo and James Whitmore, then moved together with her household again to Minnesota and labored for a furrier, modeled and appeared on a number of native commercials. She and her household later relocated to Palo Alto.

Roxanne and Roddy had 4 extra youngsters — Thomas, Benjamin, Michael and Elizabeth — earlier than divorcing in 1979. She then married Stanley Shanedling, a lawyer and decide in Minneapolis.

Along with her youngsters, survivors embody her grandchildren, Erica, Anna, Sarah and John, and her great-granddaughter, Adeline.


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