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Also Known As: Roseanne O'Donnell Died:
Born: March 21, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, TV host, comedian, producer, veejay

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Outspoken comedienne Rosie O'Donnell first made a name for herself with her Long Island-accented stand-up and later as the affable star of films and, most notably, her popular daytime television talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996-2002). Just before leaving her cushy TV gig, the comic came out of the closet, revealing both her homosexuality and a whole other side to her "Queen of Nice" personality. Taking on everything from the NRA to the President of the United States to the government of the Bahamas, O'Donnell let the fur fly, speaking her mind as she had always done - only this time, without the restrictions of her talk show persona. Fans delighted when O'Donnell returned to daytime television on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) in 2006, resulting in skyrocketing ratings immediately upon her arrival. After a single, stormy season on "The View" - encompassing an escalating war of words with media-loving tycoon Donald Trump, and culminating with an on-air dust up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck - O'Donnell departed the show abruptly in April of 2007. In the years following her exit from "The View," O'Donnell published a tell-all memoir Celebrity Detox, continued her popular video blog, "JaHeRo" on...

Outspoken comedienne Rosie O'Donnell first made a name for herself with her Long Island-accented stand-up and later as the affable star of films and, most notably, her popular daytime television talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996-2002). Just before leaving her cushy TV gig, the comic came out of the closet, revealing both her homosexuality and a whole other side to her "Queen of Nice" personality. Taking on everything from the NRA to the President of the United States to the government of the Bahamas, O'Donnell let the fur fly, speaking her mind as she had always done - only this time, without the restrictions of her talk show persona. Fans delighted when O'Donnell returned to daytime television on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) in 2006, resulting in skyrocketing ratings immediately upon her arrival. After a single, stormy season on "The View" - encompassing an escalating war of words with media-loving tycoon Donald Trump, and culminating with an on-air dust up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck - O'Donnell departed the show abruptly in April of 2007. In the years following her exit from "The View," O'Donnell published a tell-all memoir Celebrity Detox, continued her popular video blog, "JaHeRo" on her rosie.com website, and hosted "Rosie Radio" on Sirius XM satellite radio. Unceasingly passionate, always opinionated, and frequently controversial, O'Donnell never failed to both inspire and irritate the public at large.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 America (2009)
6.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Voice Of Octopus Masseuse
7.
 Tarzan (1999) Voice Of Terk
8.
 Get Bruce (1999) Herself
9.
 Wide Awake (1998) Sister Terry
10.
 Twilight of the Golds, The (1997) Jackie
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Made her stage debut as Glinda the Good Witch in a second grade production of "The Wizard of Oz"
1978:
Made professional debut as comedian at the local Ground Round restaurant's open-mike night at age 16
1984:
Made TV debut on the syndicated series "Star Search"; won the comedy competition five times by decade's end
1986:
Made TV series debut as Nell Carter's dental-hygenist neighbor on "Gimme a Break" (NBC)
1988:
Produced and hosted VH1's half-hour series "Stand Up Spotlight"
1992:
Starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Stand By Your Man"
1992:
Made feature acting debut in Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own"
1993:
Played Meg Ryan's best buddy in "Sleepless in Seattle"
1993:
Joined Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the sequel "Another Stakeout"
1994:
Offered a bright performance in Garry Marshall's "Exit to Eden" as half of a team of undercover cops
1994:
Played Betty Rubble in the live-action feature version of "The Flintstones"
1994:
Made Broadway debut as Rizzo in a revival of the musical "Grease"
1996:
Delivered memorable role in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"
1996:
Hosted the daily syndicated talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"; also served as executive producer
1997:
Served as host for the annual Tony Awards telecast on CBS for two consecutive years
1998:
Portrayed a baseball-loving nun in M. Night Shyamalan's "Wide Awake"
1999:
Hosted "The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards"
1999:
Supplied the voice of Terkoz for Disney's animated "Tarzan"
2000:
Became the editorial director of <i>McCall's</i> magazine; retitled it <i>Rosie</i> in 2001; ceased publication at the end of 2002
2001:
Assumed role of the Cat in the Hat in the Broadway musical "Seussical" while originator David Shiner was on vacation
2001:
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary "Artists and Orphans: A True Drama"
2002:
Played a lesbian on an episode of "Will & Grace" (NBC) only a month before she officially 'came out'
2002:
Published her memoir <i>Find Me</i>
2002:
Resigned from daytime television and returned to doing stand-up
2002:
Severed her connection with Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing and resigned from the <i>Rosie</i> Magazine
2005:
Co-starred as a developmentally disabled woman opposite Andie MacDowell in the CBS movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister"; directed by Anjelica Huston
2005:
Cast in the role of Golde, the wife of Harvey Fierstein's 'Tevye the milkman' in the Broadway revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof"
2006:
Helmed the documentary film "Aboard: Rosie's Family Cruise," about R. Family Vacations, the gay cruise that was started by O'Donnell and her partner (aired on HBO)
2006:
Announced as the replacement for Meredith Viera on "The View" (ABC)
2006:
Returned to daytime TV as co-host of "The View" (ABC); left the show in 2007 and was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg
2007:
Released her second memoir <i>Celebrity Detox</i>
2009:
Hosted a daily radio show for Sirius XM Radio in the fall
2009:
Guest starred on the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva"
2010:
Announced return to television with her talk show "The Rosie Show" on Oprah Winfrey's eponymous cable network OWN; premiered in 2011 and cancelled after five-month run in March 2012 due to low ratings
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Education

Dickinson College: Carlisle , Pennsylvania -
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
Commack High School: Commack , New York - 1980

Notes

"I think I'm very relatable. When I did standup in little clubs in Oklahoma or Arizona, people would come up and say, 'Rosie you're just like my friend, Eileen Murphy' or 'Dorrie McShane,' always the Irish name. Everybody had a sister or best friend like me, and that same non-threatening feeling goes into the show because a lot of women are competitive and our show is more of a celebration."

"It's not really a choice I make; it's how I live my life, the things I do when I mess up. Like the time I cut my daughter's finger when I was trimming her nails, it was the worst moment of my life, and I almost didn't talk about it on the air because I felt such shame. But when I did, the letters and calls we got! Thousands saying, 'I did the same thing.' That's the humanity people respond to, the normalcy, and it's harder when you become rich and famous, especially hard if you do comedy."---Rosie O'Donnell quoted in The Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1998.

"I'm getting closer to the age when my mother died. I used to think it was my destiny to follow in her footsteps, that there was some time bomb ticking inside of me. But the introduction of children in my life has given me a will and a knowledge that I'll be around for them."

"I think I'm still growing up. To me, the ultimate act of recovery is being able to give my children the life I never had. To be able to have a child who is safe and held and told, 'I love you.' That's my greatest success story."---O'Donnell in Biography Magazine, August 1998.

In October 2002, Rosie magazine publisher, Gruner + Jahr, filed a lawsuit for an estimated $300 million against ROSIE O'DONNELL for quitting the magazine September. Court papers accused O'Donnell of publicly disparaging the monthly and breach of contract.

In 2003 Rosie O'Donnell donated 25,000 to fund the Fab Five Room, a classroom named after the cast of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" at Harvey Milk High School, which serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in New York City

Rosie O'Donnell and her girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, flew from New York to California Thursday, February 26, 2004, to be married in San Francisco.

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wife:
Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell. Executive. Born c. 1968; worked as a marketing executive at Nickelodeon; legally changed name to O'Donnell in December 2002; married in San Francisco February 26, 2004.

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father:
Edward O'Donnell. Electrical engineer. Designed cameras for spy satellites; born in Belfast, Ireland; estranged from O'Donnell.
mother:
Roseann O'Donnell. Homemaker. President of the PTA at Rocking Hills Elementary School; died of cancer on March 17, 1973; buried on Rosie's 11th birthday.
brother:
Edward O'Donnell. Older.
brother:
Daniel O'Donnell. Lawyer. Older; liberal Democrat; ran unsuccesfully for New York State Senate seat representing Manhattan's West Side, losing in the 1998 Democratic Primary.
sister:
Maureen O'Donnell. Younger.
brother:
Timothy O'Donnell. Younger.
son:
Parker Jaren O'Donnell. Adopted; born on May 25, 1995.
daughter:
Chelsea Belle O'Donnell. Adopted; born on September 20, 1997.
son:
Blake Christopher O'Donnell. Adopted; born prematurely on December 5, 1999.
daughter:
Mia. Foster child; born c. 1997; O'Donnell took in the child in 2000 and publicly discussed her desire to formally adopt her; according to reports, though, Mia continued to exhibit symptoms of past abuse and was removed from O'Donnell's care and enrolled at a treatment center for her emotional problems in March 2001.
daughter:
Vivienne Rose. Born on November 29, 2002; baby was conceived by artificial insemination by an anonymous donor.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Rosie: Rosie O'Donnell's Biography" Carroll & Graf
"Find Me" Warner Books

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