Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rosie the Waitress

When it comes to TV spokespeople, we're whoopie for Mr. Whipple, but who's next in line when it comes to commercial royalty? Why, diner waitress Rosie, of course, whose clumsy patrons spilled every liquid in sight.

Oddly, Rosie wouldn't send the careless customers packing, or make them wash dishes to make restitution. Instead, she'd extole the virtues of Bounty paper towels, "the quicker picker-upper." During her stint as Rosie from 1970 to 1990, four-foot-eleven-inch Nancy Walker found time to appear in movies and on a kajillion TV shows, most notably as Rhoda's mom, Ida Morgenstern.

Last year, WalletPop named Rosie #4 on its list of the top 10 ad icons of all time, handily beating Ernest (#8) and Joe Isuzu (#9).

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