Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr
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Roseanne Barr Biography

Roseanne Barr (November 3, 1952) is an actress, writer, talk-show host and comedian. She was born Roseanne Cherrie Barr in Salt Lake City to a family of Jewish refugees. At times in her career she has been known as Roseanne, Roseanne Arnold and Roseanne Thomas. Roseanne became famous in the early 1980s with her stand-up comedy routine, which received significant critical acclaim for its unglamorized portrayal of the typical American middle-class housewife. It was during this routine that she also coined the now well-known phrase "Domestic goddess," referring to a homemaker. This led to her own series on ABC, called Roseanne. The show ran from 1988 to 1997, and co-starred Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman. A year after the end of her sitcom's run in 1997, Roseanne went on to host her own talk show, The Roseanne Show. The show ran for two years before it was cancelled in 2000. In the summer of 2003, she took on the dual role of hosting a cooking show (called Domestic Goddess) and starring in a reality show (called The Real Roseanne Show) about hosting a cooking show, although an illness and emergency hysterectomy brought a premature end to both projects. Roseanne married Bill Pentland on February 4, 1974, and they had three children (Roseanne had a daughter prior to marriage, whom she gave up for adoption, but this daughter is now back in her life). While taping her show she fell in love with a fellow actor Tom Arnold and in January of 1990 she divorced Pentland and married Arnold. Four years later this marriage also ended in divorce. Roseanne married Ben Thomas on Valentine's Day in 1995 and they had one son, Buck Thomas. In 1998 she sued Thomas for divorce, claiming he had threatened to kidnap their son. The Thomas family later made up and Roseanne dropped the charges, but they divorced in 2002. In 2005, Roseanne returned to her first love, stand-up comedy, touring the world. Roseanne's first kids' DVD, Rockin' with Roseanne: Calling All Kids, was released in February 2006. Roseanne has stated that she is working her way up to another HBO comedy special. Read Full Bio >>

Roseanne Barr Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2008 TV Land Awards "Roseanne" (1988). Won
2007 TV Land Awards The "She Works Hard for the Money" Award "Roseanne" (1988). Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Favorite "Big, Bad Momma" "Roseanne" (1988). Nominated
2003 TV Land Awards Working Stiff of the Year "Roseanne" (1988). Nominated
1999 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host "The Roseanne Show" (1998). Nominated

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Roseanne Barr Trivia

  • Her daughters Brandi Brown, Jennifer and Jessica Pentland all worked with her on her talk show.
  • Has three children with Bill Pentland: Jennifer, Jessica and Jacob.
  • Has one son with Ben Thomas: Buck.
  • Has a daughter from a previous relationship named Brandi, whom she put up for adoption. She searched for and eventually was reunited with Brandi.
  • Was born at 1:21 p.m. MST.
  • Had tubal ligation reversed in order to get pregnant with her son Buck.
  • States she suffered from multiple personality disorder.
  • Attended Salt Lake High School East, but dropped out before graduating.
  • On 9/17/1968 she was severely injured in a car crash, resulting in memory loss and nightmares. She was admitted to a state mental hospital at age 17, but left after less than a year.
  • At age 17 she left Utah and moved to Denver, CO, where she gave birth to daughter Brandi and then gave her up for adoption.
  • Worked as a dishwasher, cook, and waitress for Bennigan's Restaurant.
  • Collects pigs.
  • On 23 August 1985 she made her national TV debut on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). This marked the turning point in her career, and she was deluged with job offers thereafter.
  • In a 1991 People magazine interview, she claimed to have been an incest survivor, accusing both parents of physical and sexual abuse, charges which they have publicly denied.
  • Worked as a guest editor for the New Yorker magazine.
  • Renewed wedding vows with ex-husband and ex-bodyguard Ben Thomas on the 1999 Valentine's Day edition of her TV talk show. She first filed for divorce in January of 1998, claiming he was an abusive binge drinker who threatened to kidnap their son. They finally divorced in October 2002.
  • Is a spokeswoman for various pro-choice groups, has asserted pro-choice views in publications such as "The Advocate," and has appeared at benefits sponsored by pro-choice organizations such as the Fund for a Feminist Majority. In several episodes of "Roseanne" (1988) Roseanne Conner defends a woman's right to choose.
  • Measurements: 40DD-40-38 (at her heaviest weight), 40D-38-37 (after reduction surgery), 38C-38-37 (after second procedure) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Speaking of her breast reduction surgery in 1991: "I was a 40DD, but now I'm a 38C.".
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 26-28. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Chosen as #9 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, the highest-ranking woman.
  • Is portrayed by Denny Dillon in Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography (1994) (TV).


Roseanne Barr Photos

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    "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" - Arrivals

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    The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of "Killer Joe" In New York

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    L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women" - Arrivals

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    Roseanne Barr Promotes New LIfetime Reality TV Show "Roseanne's Nuts" at Chelsea Market in New York City on July 13, 2011

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    Roseanne Barr's "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm" Book Signing at Borders in New York City on January 6, 2011

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