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Roseanne Theresa "Rosie" O'Donnell (born March 21, 1962 in Bayside, Queens, New York) is an 11-time Emmy Award-winning American comedienne, talk show host, television personality, celebrity blogger, film, television, and stage actress.
O'Donnell was the third of five children born to Edward and Roseanne O'Donnell. Four days before her 11th birthday on March 17, 1973, O'Donnell's mother died of breast cancer. In high school, she began exploring her comic interest beginning with a high school skit in which she imitated Gilda Radner's character Roseanne Rosanna Danna. After graduating, O'Donnell briefly attended Dickinson College, later transferring to Boston University but dropped out.
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In 1996, she began hosting a daytime talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The show proved extremely successful, winning multiple Emmy awards, and earning O'Donnell the title of The Queen of Nice for her style of light-hearted banter with her guests and interactions with the audience. As part of her playful banter with her studio audience, O'Donnell often launched koosh balls at the crowd and camera. With New York City as the show's home base, O'Donnell displayed her love of Broadway musicals and plays by having cast members as guests, encouraging the audience to see shows, premiering production numbers as well as promoting shows with ticket give-a ways. After the 9/11 attacks Broadway and tourism in New York City was down and many shows were in danger of closing. O'Donnell was amongst many in the entertainment field that help the city rebound by encouraging folks to visit and support the performing arts.
Gun control controversies
After the Columbine shootings, O'Donnell became an outspoken supporter of gun control and a major figure in the Million Mom March. During the April 19, 1999, broadcast of her talk show, she stated, "you are not allowed to own a gun, and if you do own a gun, I think you should go to prison". O'Donnell has since attempted to reconcile her stance by remarking, "I don't personally own a gun, but if you are qualified, licensed and registered, I have no problem." On May 19, 1999, a month after the Columbine shootings, O'Donnell interviewed actor Tom Selleck, who was promoting a film The Love Letter. After a commercial break, O'Donnell confronted him about his recent commercial for the NRA and challenged him about the NRA's position on the use of assault rifles. According to Selleck, the two had agreed not to discuss the topic prior to his appearance on the show. O'Donnell maintains that Selleck and his publicist had been informed that the topic would be discussed.
In 2000, O'Donnell partnered with the publishers of McCall's to revamp the magazine as Rosie's McCall's or more commonly it was known as Rosie Magazine. The magazine was launched as a competitor to fellow talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey's monthly magazine. Rosie covered issues including breast cancer, foster care and other matters of concern to O'Donnell. In the September 2000 issue she shared that "she has struggled with depression her entire life" and decided to start medications when she realized her fears were affecting her family.
On February 26, 2004, O'Donnell married Kelli Carpenter, a former Nickelodeon marketing executive; in San Francisco two weeks after SF's Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her decision to go to San Francisco to marry Carpenter was intended as a show of defiance against President George W. Bush over his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment. The license was voided by the California Supreme Court. The couple is parents to adopted children Parker Jaren, Chelsea Belle and Blake Christopher. Their fourth child, Vivienne Rose who was conceived through sperm donation was born November 29, 2002 to Carpenter.
Anti-Iraq War comments
O'Donnell has been very outspoken about her disdain for the Bush administration's policies and the war in Iraq. She consistently brought up recent military deaths and news about the war as well as lamented the lack of attention US media was giving to either the Iraq war or the Bush administration's actions and policies. On May 1, 2007 during a segment of The View, O'Donnell, prompted by guest co-host Ricki Lake, explained that some members of the armed forces joined because they were fleeing poverty and wanted to further pursue their education through the G.I. Bill, adding that there are an increasing number of convicted felons who currently serve in the US military. When challenged by co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O'Donnell stated she "loved the military and wanted to see them back home.
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