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Rosie the WaitressRosie the Waitress - Diminutive restaurant waitress (played by 4-foot 11-inch actress Nancy Walker) who mopped countertops with the "quicker picker upper" in a long-running series of commercials for Bounty™ paper towels between 1970 and 1990. While earning $250,000 for her role as Rosie the Waitress, Nancy Walker also found time to appear in the roles of Mildred the housekeeper on MCMILLAN AND WIFE/NBC/1971-77; Ida Morgenstern Rhoda's TV mom on RHODA/CBS/1974-78; and acerbic grandma Sara Bower on TRUE COLORS/FOX/1990-92.

Born Anna Myrtle Swoyer in Philadelphia, Nancy Walker (a name she took from the phone book) died of lung cancer in Studio City, California on March 25, 1992 at age of 69.

Rosie's Diner - Print Ad
'Rosie's Diner' Print Ad

TRIVIA NOTE:  The "Rosie" Bounty commercials were filmed in a 1946 Paramount Diner Car called "The Silver Dollar Diner" originally located in Little Ferry, New Jersey.

In 1990, artist Jerry Berta and his wife, artist Madeline Kaczmarczyk purchased the diner car and moved it 700 miles away to 4500 14 Mile Road in Rockford, MI 49341.

Renaming it Rosie's Diner, they placed the restored diner on display at a mini-complex called Diner Land with The Diner Store (formerly Uncle Bob's Diner in Flint MI) that sells Berta's artwork and handcrafted porcelain diner replicas. Berta eventually expanded, adding the Deluxe Diner, and the Dinerland Bakery.

The motto at Rosie's Diner is "GOOD FOOD SERVED RIGHT."


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