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