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Rosie O'Donnell Biography

Birth Name:
Roseann Teresa O'Donnell
Birth Place:
Commack, New York, United States
Comedian, actor, talk-show host

Fast Facts

  • Named homecoming queen, prom queen, class president and class clown in high school
  • In 1978, at age 16, made her debut as stand-up comic in a neighborhood restaurant; six years later, won Star Search five times
  • Earned enough in cash prizes to move to Los Angeles
  • Made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease
  • Publicly acknowledged being a lesbian in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer because she was appalled by a Florida law that prevented gays from adopting children
  • Cofounded Rosie's Broadway Kids, a nonprofit education organization, in 2003
  • In 2006, released an HBO documentary about her travel company's first-ever cruise for gay parents and their families
  • The film was seen by Barbara Walters, who then asked her to join The View
  • Has written several books, including 2007's Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game), which focuses on her stepping out of the spotlight of fame
  • In 2007, was ranked No
  • 18 on Time magazine's Time 100 list of the Top 100 people who were transforming the world
  • Unsuccessfully tried to launch a TV variety show called Rosie Live in 2008
  • Stopped blogging because "it wasn't providing joy," but maintained her Web site to spotlight items of interest
  • Launched Rosie Radio, a radio show on Sirius XM, in 2009


  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Nonfiction Special: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: winner
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Children's Program: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated


  • Daniel O'Donnell -- Brother
  • Edward O'Donnell -- Brother
  • Timothy O'Donnell -- Brother
  • Chelsea Belle O'Donnell -- Daughter
  • Dakota -- Daughter
  • Vivienne Rose O'Donnell -- Daughter
  • Tracy Kachtick-Anders -- Ex-significant Other
  • Michelle Rounds -- Ex-wife
  • Edward Joseph O'Donnell -- Father
  • Roseann O'Donnell -- Mother
  • Maureen O'Donnell -- Sister
  • Blake Christopher O'Donnell -- Son
  • Parker Jaren O'Donnell -- Son