She appeared on radio in The Maxwell House Coffee Hour. She also performed with the Eva Jessye Choir. King was known for the timbre of her contralto voice.
She became a favourite of playwright Langston Hughes, who wrote original material for her.
She costarred in his play Jericho-Jim Crow in 1964. King’s career was cut short by a stroke in the mid-1960s, she recovered but retired from the stage, doing only occasional performances and consultancies in the 1970s and 1980s.
Rosalie King died in Ocala, Florida in 1997.