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Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie o'donnell
Gender: Female
Age: 51
Born: March 21, 1962
Character: Rita Hendricks
Occupation: Talk host, Comedian, Actress, Author
Years Active: 1979-

Roseann "RosieO'Donnell (born March 21, 1962)[3] is an American comedian, actress, author and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations.

O'Donnell started her comedy career while still a teenager and her big break was on the talent show Star Search in 1984. A TV sitcom and a series of movies introduced her to a larger national audience and in 1996 she started hosting The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which won multiple Emmy awards.

During her years on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, she wrote her first book, a memoir called Find Me and developed the nickname "Queen Of Nice" as well as a reputation for philanthropic efforts. She used the book's $3 million advance to establish her own For All Kids foundation and promoted other charity projects encouraging other celebrities on her show to also take part. O'Donnell came out, stating "I'm a dyke!" two months before finishing her talk show run, saying that her primary reason was to bring attention to gay adoption issues.[4] O'Donnell is a foster—and adoptive—mother. She was made "Person Of The Year" in her cover-story interview in "The Advocate" with an in-depth interview by the magazine's Editor In Chief, Judy Wieder. Since coming out, she has continued to support many LGBT causes and issues.

In 2006, O'Donnell became a moderator on The View. O'Donnell's strong opinions resulted in several notable controversies including an on-air dispute regarding the Bush administration's policies with theIraq War, resulting in a mutual agreement to cancel her contract. In 2007, O'Donnell released her second memoir, Celebrity Detox, which focuses on her struggles with fame and her time at The View. She continues to do charity work and remains involved with LGBT and family-related issues.

From 2009 to 2011, O'Donnell hosted Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio. In 2011, O'Donnell signed on with the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to return to daytime TV with The Rosie Show.[5] The OWN Network cancelled the show due to low ratings on March 16, 2012, and the last show aired on March 29, 2012.

She portrays Rita Hendricks in the ABC Family series, The Fosters.

Early LifeEdit

O'Donnell, the third of five children, was born and raised in Commack, Long Island, New York.[6][7] She is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (née Murtha), a homemaker, and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry.[7] O'Donnell's father had immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland during his childhood, and her mother was Irish American; O'Donnell was raised Catholic.[8][9] Four days before her 11th birthday, on March 17, 1973, O'Donnell's mother died of breast cancer.[10]While she attended Commack High School, O'Donnell was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president and class clown.[11] It was during high school that she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner's character </span>Roseanne Rosannadanna.[10] After graduating in 1980, O'Donnell briefly attended Dickinson College, later transferring to Boston University, before ultimately dropping out of college.

Personal LifeEdit

O'Donnell was a resident of Nyack, New York after the purchase in 1996 of "Pretty Penny," a Victorian river home that had previously served as the home of Helen Hayes, the American actress and "First Lady of the American Theater." O'Donnell sold the home to businessman Edward M. Kopko in 2000.

FilmographyEdit

Television:
Award ceremonies:
Radio:
  • Rosie Radio SIRIUS XM (2009)
Theater:
Filmography:
Bibliography:
  • Find Me (2002)
  • Celebrity Detox (2007)
  • Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U: 100 Easy Projects The Whole Family Can Enjoy All Year Long (2008)

GalleryEdit

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