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Full NameRose Mary Clooney
First NameRose
Middle NameMary
Last NameClooney
Birth NameRose Mary Clooney
ProfessionSinger, Actress
Birth CityMaysville, Kentucky
Birth CountryUSA
Father NameAndrew Joseph Clooney
Mother NameMarie Frances
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
SpouseDante DiPaolo (1997-2002)
Relation WithJosé Ferrer
No Of Children5
AwardsGrammy Award
FilmographyHere Come the Girls,Red Garters,White Christmas,Deep in My Heart,The Joker’s Wild
Networth$20 M
Date of BirthMay 23,1928
Age92 years

Who Was Rosemary Clooney?

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress who rose to prominence from the song Come On-a My House in the early 1950s.      

She then released hit songs like Botch-a-Me, Hey There, This Ole House, Tenderly, Mambo Italiano, and Half as Much. Since her first album release in 1953, Rosemary released over 30 hit studio albums. Few of her movie credits are The Stars Are Singing, White Christmas, Twilight Theater, and Radioland Murders.

Let Us Go Through Rosemary’s Career Journey

The Kentucky-born singer owned an estimated net worth of $20 million at the time of her death in 2002. She earned her wealth from her successful career as an actress and singer.

Rosemary Clooney was an American Singer who died in 2002Image Source: Discogs
Rosemary Clooney was an American Singer who died in 2002
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She is best known for her hit songs like A’ You’re Adorable, Come On-a My House, Tenderly, Botch-a-Me, and Hey There. 

Her Rise To Fame

Hey There singer Rosemary recorded her first song in May 1946. She then began singing with Tony Pastor’s big band until 1949. 

Rosemary released her Come On-a My House in 1951 which became an instant hit. The following year, she released her debut album titled Hollywood’s Best with Harry James. 

Since 1992, Rosemary released a total of 62 albums and 77 singles. In 1976, Rosemary signed with United Artists Records. The following year, she began recording an album a year for the Concord Jazz record label which continued until her death in 2002. 

Besides her singing career, she also made few appearances in films and television shows. She made her acting debut in 1947 from Tony Pastor and His Orchestra.  

Rosemary performing in 1977Image Source: Wikiwand
Rosemary performing in 1977

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In 1995, she made a guest appearance in the NBC television medical drama ER starring George Clooney (her nephew), Anthony Edwards, Sherry Stringfield, Julianna Margulies, David Lyons, and Angela Bassett. 

The Tenderly singer received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. 

Moreover, her other film work includes Here Come the Girls, Red Garters, White Christmas, Deep in My Heart, and The Joker’s Wild.

In 1999, Clooney founded the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival which is held annually in Maysville. Rosemary performed at the festival each year until her demise.  

Did You Know? Rosemary received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Rosemary’s Biography

Rose Mary Clooney was born on 23rd May 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, the USA. She was born to Andrew Joseph Clooney and Marie Frances and held American nationality. As of her ethnicity, she had mixed (English, Irish, and German) descent. 

Rose grew up alongside her siblings Betty, Gail Stone, Saucy Sylvia, and Nick Clooney in Maysville. She went to St. Patrick School, Western Hills University High School, and Withrow University High School.

Who Was She Married To?

Mary was married for thrice throughout her life-time. At the time of her death, she was married to her longtime friend Dante DiPaolo. They exchanged their vows on 7 November 1997 at St. Patrick’s Church in Maysville, Kentucky.

Rosemary with her husband DanteImage Source: Rosemary
Rosemary with her husband Dante

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The couple remained married until her death on 29 June 2002. But they do not share any children.

Previously, Rosemary was married twice to Jose Ferrer who was a Puerto Rican movie star. They first married on 1 June 1953 in Durant, Oklahoma.

The couple shared five children: Miguel, Maria, Gabriel, Monsita, and Rafael. However, the pair got divorced for the first time on 9 May 1962.

Two years later, Rose and Jose remarried on 24 November 1964 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, their marriage crumbled for the second time after Ferrer was caught having an affair with another woman, Stella Magee (who later became his wife). They got divorced for good on 12 September 1967.

How Lavish Was Rosemary’s Lifestyle?

Mary resides in Beverly Hills, California house formerly owned by George and Ira Gershwin. Although the house details are not out yet, the median house price in Beverly Hills starts from $3,453,900 with an annual property tax of $27,389.

The singer cum actress also owned the property in Augusta, Kentucky near Maysville. The Augusta house offers the view of collections of her personal belongings and souvenir from her films and singing performances.

Clooney's Augusta, Kentucky homeImage Source: Trip Advisor
Clooney's Augusta, Kentucky home

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While she was still alive, she rode expensive cars like 1965 Ford Thunderbird worth of $75,900. Her expenses were based on foods, cars, travel, and accommodations. 

Singer Rosemary’s Death & Legacy

The beautiful singer was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of 2001 due to smoking. Around that time, she was performing her last concert in Hawaii and her last song was God Bless America.

Despite the surgery, Rose passed away six months later on 29 June 2002 at her Beverly Hills home at the age of 74. She is laid to peace in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Maysville.

Singer Rosemary Clooney was laid to rest in St. Patrick's Cemetery, MaysvilleImage Source: Lawrence Journal
Singer Rosemary Clooney was laid to rest in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maysville

Image Source: Lawrence Journal

In September of 2007, a mural was painted in downtown Maysville in her memory. The mural highlights her lifelong friendship with Blanche Chambers, her singing career, and the 1953 premiere of The Stars are Singing.

On 25 June 2019, Rosemary was listed by The New York Times Magazines among hundreds of other artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal Fire. 

Albums and Songs

Throughout her career, Mary released over 50 studio albums with 77 singles. Here is a list of few of her albums:

YearAlbum Title
1954Red Garters
1957Ring Around Rosie
1960Clap Hands!
1976Look My Way
1981With Love
1991For the Duration
1994Still on the Road
1998At Long Last
2001A Very Special Christmas with Rosemary Clooney

Her last concert was broadcast live for her fans all over the world. 

Updated On Thu Sep 26 2019 Published On Thu Sep 26 2019 By Amy