Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Table of Contents
Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Table of Contents
By Kent McGroarty

Table of Contents

I. Biography of Rosie O’Donnell
Background and Upbringing

Major Accomplishments and Awards

Personal Life

Recap of Recent News

Public Statements and Attributed Quotes

Trivia/Facts

Sources

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which the O’Donnell matriarch used to play while she was cooking dinner. Her mother was a homemaker. O’Donnell turned to television. with her four siblings. Her mother died of breast cancer.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Background and Upbringing Roseann Teresa O’Donnell was born on March 21. so O’Donnell and her siblings were left stunned by their mother’s death. Hyperink 3 Hyperink . One of the greatest tragedies of O’Donnell’s life came when she was just a little girl. their neighbors and their teachers for emotional support. as O’Donnell told The Washington Post in 1997. not Macy’s” and she had to share one vehicle. and became more and more removed from his children as a result. a Plymouth Volare. while her father worked as an electrical engineer. New York to Roseann and Edward O’Donnell. Roseann O’Donnell was buried on the star’s eleventh birthday. New York." O’Donnell once told Redbook magazine. The O’Donnell children treasured their mother’s music. became her “surrogate parent and friend.” O’Donnell has also commented that her father “wasn’t really available” following her mother’s death. and the records that received the most play were her Barbara Streisand albums. This made Rosie and her siblings different from the others with whom they attended school in Dix Hills. She is what my mother left me. The only thing left was her record collection. O’Donnell was the middle child of five children. Their father had removed the majority of their mother’s belongings from the house. The children counted on each other. 1962 in Commack. leaving O’Donnell’s father to raise the five children. O’Donnell has said that the family bought their clothes at “flea markets. and though her father did well within his profession. While coping with the death of her mother. He did not deal with his wife’s death particularly well. at the insistence of their father. “My love of Barbra Streisand is totally taken from my mother's sheer and complete adoration of her. O’Donnell’s parents had kept the illness from their children. most of whom received their own cars on their sixteenth birthdays. raising five kids was expensive. which. though she and her siblings did not attend the funeral.

during which O’Donnell was exposed to the sexism and hard partying that made up the stand-up comedy scene. and senior class president. scared in her room. Among the star’s famous friends is the one and only Madonna. O’Donnell landed her role in A League of Their Own. and eventually came up with her own style. The two bonded over the fact that they had both lost their mothers at a young age. Pennsylvania and Boston University in Boston. from which she graduated in 1980. and imitated Saturday Night Live legend Gilda Radner’s “Rosanne Rosannadanna” character for a skit that garnered praise from her friends and classmates. After high school. O’Donnell embarked on a stand-up comedy tour. She found success on Star Search.” Madonna remarked to Life. “Everybody was doing drugs and drinking. and O’Donnell was interviewed as part of the Behind the Music documentary about the pop superstar. but she dropped out of both Dickinson College in Carlisle. It was then that O’Donnell knew she wanted a career in show business. “I know what it’s like to go to your mother’s grave and see your own name. and was also voted Class Clown. who befriended O’Donnell while the pair were working together on A League of Their Own. After working on a few failed sitcoms. Hyperink 4 Hyperink . “I knew if I met her we would become friends. “Rosie and I speak the language of hurt people. She was voted homecoming queen.” O’Donnell told Buzz magazine’s Robert Hoffler. prom queen.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty O’Donnell attended Commack High School. O’Donnell came home again to attend college. and I was just this little girl on the road. and she hasn’t looked back. Massachusetts.” Their friendship has endured. Madonna was also a frequent guest on The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” O’Donnell told Entertainment Weekly. Her tour took her to 49 venues over the course of five years. which earned her enough money to move to Los Angeles. While in high school O’Donnell realized her love of performing. She had been studying stand-up comics such as Jerry Seinfeld.

Her variety talk show. O’Donnell was also dubbed “The Queen of Nice” by Newsweek magazine during her talk show’s successful run. Music or Comedy Special for her role as host of the 52nd Annual Tony Awards in 1998. though she ultimately lost in the final round. O’Donnell found success on the Broadway stage in 1994 when she portrayed Rizzo in Grease. debuted on NBC in 1996. which showcased stand-up comedians and ran for four years. in 1995.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Major Accomplishments and Awards O’Donnell has won numerous comedy and Daytime Emmy awards throughout her varied career. O’Donnell made the switch from film to daytime television in order to remain an active parent. The show’s ratings had increased 50 percent from the previous year with O’Donnell as the host. Parker. but O’Donnell was hired by VH1 to host Stand Up Spotlight. during which time it became the most popular program on the network. including Sleepless in Seattle (1993) with Meg Ryan and Another Stakeout (1993) with Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez. The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She appeared in two sitcoms. and that her star power would sell tickets. O’Donnell’s other awards include an Emmy for Outstanding Variety. Stand By Your Man. She was Hyperink 5 Hyperink . she was one heck of a performer. and a daughter. After starring in numerous “best friend” roles after her success with A League of Their Own. She won six consecutive Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host from 1996 through 2002. Her first major accomplishment as a performer was winning Star Search five times. O’Donnell was right: her stint as Rizzo garnered $4 million in ticket sales before the show even opened. Both shows were cancelled. and Gimme a Break. After adopting a son. She featured celebrity guests and live music performances from bands and Broadway stars. Chelsea Belle. O’Donnell’s show was different from the sensationalist talk shows that ruled the daytime airwaves. with Melissa Gilbert. She told the show’s producers that while she may not be the best singer or dancer. Taking cues from The Merv Griffin Show. with Nell Carter.

For All Kids. including two for Favorite Movie Actress for The Flintstones (1994) and Harriet the Spy (1996). debuted at Number Two on The New York Times bestseller list. O’Donnell left the show in 2007 due to contract disputes. to write her memoirs. She was named Person of the Year by Advocate magazine in 2002. Cable or Syndication after she hosted the 52nd Annual Tony Awards. O’Donnell received the Vito Russo Award in 2003 through the GLAAD Media Awards and has won two American Comedy Awards. Other awards of note include a Prism Award in 2010 for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries. and her liberal political views made the show a daytime ratings giant. and a second for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network. Find Me. which is dedicated to providing proper day care for children around the country and has raised more than $60 million. O’Donnell has won three Kid’s Choice Awards. for her role in America (2009). Time magazine named O’Donnell one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People for her role as the talk show host who “loved a fight. It reflects the pent-up frustrations. “Rosie's View snaps and crackles…The View does for daytime what The Daily Show does for nighttime. The star was the original replacement for Meredith Viera on The View in September of 2005. prompting Entertainment Weekly to write. The resulting memoir. She used the advance to set up her foundation. and hostilities its audience has toward pop and political culture. In May of 2007.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty nominated again for a Daytime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Talk Show Host for her work on The View. pleasures." Though she helped boost the show’s ratings by 15 percent. In 1996 O’Donnell received a $3 million book deal from Warner Bros.” Hyperink 6 Hyperink . one for her work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She frequently sparred with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Personal Life Despite on-air professions of love for Tom Cruise throughout the run of The Rosie O’Donnell Show. O’Donnell showed off a new girlfriend. who was conceived through artificial insemination using an anonymous donor. Michelle Rounds. Their marriage was annulled by a California court.” O’Donnell said. Carpenter took O’Donnell’s name. though she had privately acknowledged herself as a lesbian for some 20 years. She told People magazine. son Blake Christopher. O’Donnell said very little about her love life for many years.” She and Carpenter got married in 2004 in San Francisco. which created cruise vacation packages for the gay and lesbian community and their families and friends." The former couple remain friends. “What makes a family is love. and we all love each other. She told Sawyer that her decision to come out publicly was due to a Florida-based gay couple who were challenging a Florida law that prohibited same-sex couples from adopting children. great time. the couple made the sad decision to split up in 2009. The star remarked that being a stay-at-home mom was a “great. One month after announcing her split from Carpenter. We're gonna stay together and take care of each other as a family unit. and the two began dating. O’Donnell took time off from her career to be a stay-at-home mom. In light of rumors of the split. though O’Donnell did not come out publicly as a lesbian until 2002. R Family Vacations. California. In September of 2011. O’Donnell and Carpenter formed a travel business. She met marketing executive Kelli Carpenter in 1997. She and Carpenter welcomed a new addition to their family in 2002 with the birth of Vivienne Rose. the star was spotted with Tracy Kachtick-Anders. “Kelli moved out two years ago. whom she dated until 2011. The couple adopted a child together in 1999. O’Donnell confirmed the truth on her Sirius radio show. O’Donnell came out to the public during an interview with Diane Sawyer in March of 2002. Though she and Carpenter were an item for eleven years and had a family together. at her annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York Hyperink 7 Hyperink . great. The first cruise was filmed and made into a documentary for HBO.

I’m trying to be fair with you. Selleck. After the debate became public. which prompted O’Donnell to become an anti-gun advocate.” O’Donnell announced that she and Rounds were engaged during a taping of The Rosie Show in December of 2011.” said Selleck. a woman she will not name. “She didn’t look like any lesbian I had ever met.S. The appearance occurred in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings. This is absurd. O’Donnell has admitted to being in love “three times. “But it’s fun and very exciting. a supporter of the NRA. and the retail giant is one of the U. appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell Show to promote a film. was painful.” said O’Donnell of Rounds. O’Donnell has had more than one controversial moment throughout her lengthy career. Her deal with the store subsequently ended in December 1999. the first of which was perhaps her heated 10-minute debate with actor Tom Selleck concerning gun control in the United States in May of 1999. gun owners complained about O’Donnell representing K Mart. O’Donnell was a spokesperson for K Mart at the time. but prepared her for future romantic relationships.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty City.” and remarked that her first love. “If you think it’s proper to have a debate about the NRA.’s largest gun supply chain stores. Hyperink 8 Hyperink .

The show also moved to a more intimate studio that seats no more than about 70 people. I want to tackle them. replaced Page Hurwitz as the show’s executive producer. that would be child abuse.” Handler went on to talk about how much she loves little people. saying “I love little people. “I was a guest on Andy Cohen’s show Watch What Happens Live recently and I loved the homey feel of his set and the intimacy of his smaller audience. O’Donnell has made headlines for her recent comments concerning little people during an interview with Chelsea Handler on The Rosie Show.” So far neither O’Donnell nor Handler has responded to these remarks. are trying for a child. “The problem with me is I can’t put the two things together. O’Donnell and Rounds.” She also said that O’Donnell was “perpetuating fear-based attitudes. Rosie goes to all of her doctors' appointments with her and is really supportive. something O’Donnell confirmed in late January on her talk show. "She is really excited and they cannot wait to add to their family. She isn't pregnant yet but they hope as soon as possible she will be. both women’s comments were “equally offensive. whose spokesperson said while one star “loves” little people and the other is afraid of them." Hyperink 9 Hyperink .” a friend of O’Donnell’s said. I’d never do that.” among other comments. O’Donnell admitted to a mild fear or phobia toward little people. “Michelle is seeing a fertility doctor. stating “I’m a little ashamed about it [but] I have a mild fear or anxiety around little people. who has worked with O’Donnell before.” said O’Donnell of her new set’s inspiration.” “That’s half my issue. This is an adult person.” O’Donnell responded.” She went on to ask Handler if she would ever “do” a little person.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Recap of Recent News The Rosie Show got a new producer in late January 2012 in hopes of helping the show’s ratings on the “struggling” cable network. Little People of America. Both O’Donnell’s and Handler’s comments have garnered criticism from little people support organization. to which Handler responded “No. Emmy-winning producer Shane Farley. The studio is less expensive but will hopefully create the “homey” feel O’Donnell is going for. a little person…it’s so hard for me.

had an affair. “Madonna.’” ‒ Rosie on a 2009 episode of The Tyra Show talking about why she stopped drinking. when I was 22. She’s the most famous person period. She’s just moved back to New York with her kids so that’s great. or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking.” ‒ Rosie on family. ‘There’s a drunk club. no matter what you do. Don’t fear the terrorists.’ He goes. I was with my son. You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world. can you get me a beer?’ and he said. ‘No I don’t want to. your family is always going to be there for you to help you and love you.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Public Statements and Attributed Quotes "Faith or fear.’ I said. Hyperink 10 Hyperink . That means. I stopped drinking for like eight years. why not?’ and he says ‘Because you know what. I don’t know if they’d let you in. So we’ll get to be able to hang out more. Get away from the fear. that's your choice. ‘Park. but you could ask them for tips. They’re mothers and fathers. We have kids the same age. but you have to be like really drunk to get in. who is now 13. ‘Well honey. I think you drink too much beer…lately I think it’s too much. had an affair. left the second wife. ‘Well maybe you should do that again. Had kids both times. ‘You know when I was a kid.” ‒ Rosie talking about Madonna on a 2009 episode of The Tyra Show. no matter what happens." ‒ Rosie to Piers Morgan on her first love. I think. “You have to know that families are forever. "You have one relationship in your life that's kind of crazy and out of control a little bit and that usually doesn't last very long but takes you into the deep water. ‘Really. and I said to him. It has not been easy…on November 29th.” ‒ Rosie O’Donnell to Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View. “I stopped drinking on December 1st. "Left the first wife.’ And I said. I forget what it’s called. but he's the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America?" ‒ Rosie on Donald Trump.’ I go. what happens if I can’t do that?’ He said.

so that's what got me there.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty “You have an idealism when you're a kid about what romance and family and forever means. ‘then and now. I think at 28." ‒ Rosie to Piers Morgan on her love life. 29 years old. you're ready to step into a mature kind of love.’ Hyperink 11 Hyperink .

O’Donnell has 27 framed. O’Donnell had told Barbara Walters in an interview that she wanted Cruise to “mow my lawn and get me a lemonade. The comedian wears a size 18. O’Donnell starred in K Mart commercials with Penny Marshall in 1995. O’Donnell has admitted to having her chin liposuctioned. who portrayed Karen on the show. Her character was gay. She has had a relationship with a man. Seinfeld. She is also good friends with Megan Mullally. She likes to give out full-size candy bars or toys with candy for Halloween. The first concert O’Donnell ever attended was The Carpenters in 1971. Hyperink 12 Hyperink . The episode that “featured” O’Donnell is entitled “Trapper Keeper.” which he did on the talk show’s final episode. O’Donnell is one of the many celebrities at whom South Park has poked fun.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Trivia/Facts O’Donnell frequently talked about her crush on Tom Cruise throughout her talk show’s run. hand-written letters from Barbara Streisand. She once sang a birthday duet with Donny Osmond for Barbara Walters.” The couple lived together for two years. O’Donnell auditioned for the role of Elaine on the venerable comedy series. She portrayed the mother of Jack’s (Sean Hayes) son Elliot on Will & Grace. whom she simply refers to as “Mike.” It is the show’s 60th episode. and Cruise appeared on the program several times. Her four children’s nanny is from Ireland.

Michelle Rounds. and on her charity project.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Rosie Going Forward O’Donnell continues to film her OWN talk show. She and Rounds are trying to add to their family. O’Donnell also maintains a Rosie Show-related blog on Oprah. Though widespread commercial talk show success with The Rosie Show is something O’Donnell will continue to work for.com. O’Donnell no doubt hopes The Rosie Show will reach a wider audience and remain on the air so she can continue to talk about issues she feels strongly about and provide a different style talk show from the format viewers are used to seeing. Rounds and O’Donnell will have a lasting relationship. the happiness of her personal life takes precedence. Hyperink 13 Hyperink . Rosie’s Theater Kids. It could be said that O’Donnell will continue to work as an advocate for gay rights. The Rosie Show. Hopefully. and if successful. which she often writes in haiku form. O’Donnell will be the mother of five children. allowing her to enjoy the idyllic family life she has been working toward since her mother’s passing. work on Rosie Radio on the Sirius network. and is happily engaged to girlfriend.

ca. Thought for Today-Love Dose. Rosie O’Donnell: Early Heartbreak Helped Me Find Real Love People. New Look TV.com. Who Do You Think You Are Season Three: Rosie O’Donnell’s Story Hyperink 14 Hyperink .com. OWN Sneak Preview: The Rosie O’Donnell Show People.Biography of Rosie O'Donnell By Kent McGroarty Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell Biography of Rosie O'Donnell Biography of Rosie O”​​Donnell By Kent McGroarty Sources Oprah. Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie O’Donnell Knows Tom Cruise Isn’t Gay People. Rosie O’Donnell Trivia and Quotes Rosie. Rosie O’Donnell’s Talk Show Gets New Producer. Donald Trump vs. They’re Mothers and Fathers Oprah. Rosie O’Donnell Time.com. The Rosie Show The Rosie Radio Recap Blog The Blemish.com. Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump Fight Dirty People. Awards for Rosie O’Donnell Newsbusters.com. Rosie’s Fantastic Voyage NBC. Blog Oprah. Rosie O’Donnell The Huffington Post: Weird News: Little People Have a Big Problems With Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler Us Weekly. Fiancee Michelle Rounds Trying For a Baby! The Hollywood Reporter. Rosie O’Donnell Biography The Internet Movie Database.com. Rosie O’Donnell Biography Bio. ABC’s Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Don’t Fear the Terrorists.

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