Rose was born on July 2, 1954, in Topeka, Kansas, the middle of three children. Her French-American mother, Eleanor Rose (née Sinclair), worked as a schoolteacher, and her Irish-American father, Burton "Burt" Rose, was a sharecropper. Rose attended Topeka High School from 1968 to 1972, where she excelled in literature and art classes. After graduating, she attended Northwestern University, where she pursued but did not complete a degree in communication studies.
- Rose sneaks an image of Fido Dido into the background of every episode of every show she has worked on for Fido fans.
- Rose married Brian Davis, in 1988.