Rosie O'Donnell


Actor, Comedian, Tv Host
Rosie O'Donnell

About

Also Known As
Roseanne O'Donnell
Birth Place
Queens, New York, USA
Born
March 21, 1962

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Find Me"
Rosie O'Donnell, Warner Books (2002)
"Rosie: Rosie O'Donnell's Biography"
James Robert Parish, Carroll & Graf (1997)

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Teenage Paparazzi (2010)
America (2009)
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Beth
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2005)
Herself
Sixty Spins Around the Sun (2003)
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
Voice Of Octopus Masseuse
Tarzan (1999)
Voice
Get Bruce (1999)
Herself
Wide Awake (1998)
Sister Terry
The Twilight of the Golds (1997)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
The Good, The Bad And The Beautiful (1995)
Now and Then (1995)
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Makeup
The Flintstones (1994)
Betty Rubble
Exit to Eden (1994)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Another Stakeout (1993)
A League of Their Own (1992)

Writer (Feature Film)

America (2009)
Teleplay

Producer (Feature Film)

America (2009)
Executive Producer
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Tarzan (1999)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2005)
Other
Get Bruce (1999)
Other

Cast (Special)

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell (2003)
The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2002)
Presenter
The Colin Quinn Show (2002)
The Gun Deadlock (2001)
Intimate Portrait: Deidre Hall (2001)
N Sync Live! The Atlantis Concert (2001)
Born in My Heart: A Love Story (2001)
Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell (2001)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty (2001)
The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2001)
Presenter
Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2001)
Host
Intimate Portrait: Sarah Ferguson (2001)
Interviewee
THE 54TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (2000)
Host
Kids Pick the Issues (2000)
The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards (2000)
Host
The 2000 Essence Awards (2000)
Presenter
The First Ten Awards: Tonys 2000 (2000)
Host
Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2000)
The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2000)
Presenter
The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1999)
Presenter
The American Red Cross Holiday Music Spectacular (1999)
1999 ESPY Awards (1999)
Presenter
1999 Grammy Awards (1999)
Host
My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999)
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day (1999)
Co-Host
Nickelodeon's 12th Annual Kid's Choice Awards (1999)
Host
Intimate Portrait: Iman (1999)
Interviewee
Tarzan in Concert With Phil Collins (1999)
A Rosie Christmas (1999)
The X-Files Movie Special (1998)
The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards (1998)
Performer
Elmopalooza (1998)
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998)
Host
Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards (1998)
Performer
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards (1998)
Performer
Comic Relief VIII (1998)
Take A Moment (1998)
Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Voice
Celine Dion: These Are Special Times (1998)
Tony Bennett: An All-Star Tribute -- Live By Request (1998)
Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1998)
Host
Merv Griffin: Master of the Game (1998)
Interviewee
Intimate Portrait: Rebecca Lobo (1998)
Narrator
Happy Birthday Elizabeth -- A Celebration of Life (1997)
Voices of Hope... Finding the Cures For Breast and Ovarian Cancer (1997)
The 51st Annual Tony Awards (1997)
Host
Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party (1997)
Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1997)
Host
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (1997)
The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1997)
Presenter
Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys (1997)
Host
Say It, Fight It, Cure It (1997)
I Am Your Child (1997)
Farm Aid 97 (1997)
Catch a Rising Star 50th Anniversary -- Give or Take 26 Years (1996)
Very Personal With Naomi Judd (1996)
Interviewee
Ladies' Home Journal's Most Fascinating Women of '96 (1996)
Performer
Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas in New York (1996)
The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1996)
Presenter
Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1996 (1996)
Interviewee
Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1996)
Rosie O'Donnell (1995)
Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1995)
Presenter
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Presenter
The Cindy Crawford Special (1994)
The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994)
Presenter
Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994)
In a New Light '94 (1994)
The 1993 MTV Movie Awards (1993)
Presenter
A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre (1993)
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992)
Presenter
Hurricane Relief (1992)
Back to School '92 (1992)
A Pair of Jokers: Bill Engvall & Rosie O'Donnell (1990)
Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars (1988)

Writer (Special)

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Book As Source Material
Rosie O'Donnell (1995)
Writer

Producer (Special)

THE 54TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (2000)
Executive Producer
Nickelodeon's 12th Annual Kid's Choice Awards (1999)
Coproducer
A Rosie Christmas (1999)
Executive Producer
Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Executive Producer
Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (1998)
Coproducer
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998)
Producer
Rosie O'Donnell (1995)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

A Rosie Christmas (1999)
Song Performer
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (1998)
Song Performer
Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Song Performer
Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas in New York (1996)
Song Performer ("White Christmas" "Do You Hear What I Hear?")

Special Thanks (Special)

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny (1998)
Book As Source Material
Rosie O'Donnell (1995)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 51st Annual Tony Awards (1997)
Creative Consultant

Life Events

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

Joined Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the sequel "Another Stakeout"

1993

Played Meg Ryan's best buddy in "Sleepless in Seattle"

1994

Offered a bright performance in Garry Marshall's "Exit to Eden" as half of a team of undercover cops

1994

Made Broadway debut as Rizzo in a revival of the musical "Grease"

1994

Played Betty Rubble in the live-action feature version of "The Flintstones"

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

2014

Left the show "The View" for the second time

2014

Played Rita Hendricks on "The Fosters"

2016

Played a gym teacher on "Hairspray Live!"

2017

Began playing Tutu on "SMILF"

Videos

Movie Clip

Sleepless In Seattle (1993) - Men Never Get This Movie! Writer-director Nora Ephron, Meg Ryan as Annie (engaged to “Walter”) and Rosie O’Donnell as pal Becky dig into director Leo McCarey’s An Affair To Remember, 1957, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, while Meg considers a letter to the widowed father (Tom Hanks) she heard on the radio, in Sleepless In Seattle, 1993.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993) - All I Could Say Was Hello (Significant SPOILER!) Meg Ryan as (otherwise) engaged Annie is benevolently stalking Tom Hanks, as single-dad Sam, (with Ross Malinger as his son and Rita Wilson, Tom’s real-life wife, as his sister, though Meg assumes she’s a girlfriend), then explaining to Becky (Rosie O’Donnell) back in Baltimore, leading to a second reference to Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, in An Affair To Remember, 1957, in Sleepless In Seattle, 1993.
League Of Their Own, A (1992) - Great To Meet You Before the first game for the Rockford Peaches, their manager, washed-up major league power hitter Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) makes a crude entrance, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, among the players, in director Penny Marshall’s A League Of Their Own, 1992.
League Of Their Own, A (1992) - Somebody's Gotta Run The Team After Mae (Madonna) hits a triple, de facto manager Dottie (Geena Davis) gives a signal to the next batter, power hitter Marla (Megan Cavanagh), before their drunken manager Jimmy (Tom Hanks) finally shows some interest, in director Penny Marshall’s A League Of Their Own, 1992.

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Family

Edward O'Donnell
Father
Electrical engineer. Designed cameras for spy satellites; born in Belfast, Ireland; estranged from O'Donnell.
Roseann O'Donnell
Mother
Homemaker. President of the PTA at Rocking Hills Elementary School; died of cancer on March 17, 1973; buried on Rosie's 11th birthday.
Edward O'Donnell
Brother
Older.
Daniel O'Donnell
Brother
Lawyer. Older; liberal Democrat; ran unsuccesfully for New York State Senate seat representing Manhattan's West Side, losing in the 1998 Democratic Primary.
Maureen O'Donnell
Sister
Younger.
Timothy O'Donnell
Brother
Younger.
Parker Jaren O'Donnell
Son
Adopted; born on May 25, 1995.
Chelsea Belle O'Donnell
Daughter
Adopted; born on September 20, 1997.
Blake Christopher O'Donnell
Son
Adopted; born prematurely on December 5, 1999.
Mia
Daughter
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.
Vivienne Rose
Daughter
Born on November 29, 2002; baby was conceived by artificial insemination by an anonymous donor.

Companions

Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Find Me"
Rosie O'Donnell, Warner Books (2002)
"Rosie: Rosie O'Donnell's Biography"
James Robert Parish, Carroll & Graf (1997)