Sunday, February 18, 2007

Rosemarie Stack

Long one of the most popular figures on the Hollywood “A” list, married to Robert Stack for almost a half-century until his death by heart attack last year, Rosemarie Stack started out early as a upcoming starlet (Rosemarie Bowe) with a promising career under contract to MGM. She gave it up to marry Stack who made his first picture in 1939 as Deanna Durbin’s boyfriend in “First Love” and went on to one of the most successful careers in the business. He was still working at the time of his death, sixty years later, having just re-signed to host a sixteenth year of “Unsolved Mysteries.”

The couple lived for most of their married life in a sprawling one story house (with pool and tennis court) in Bel Air where they entertained frequently. After her husband’s death, she sold the house and bought the palatial co-op in Westwood that for years belonged to Lucy Doheny Batson, complete with waterfalls (to drown out any passing traffic) and atriums and re-decorated by Leonard Stanley.

Recently, Rosemarie, who is currently working on a memoir of her life in high Hollywood, has been spending more time in Manhattan.