Although these days she's an out lesbian and tireless advocate for gay rights, there was a time when this full-figured comedian was simply known for being funny. After a winning streak on Star Search,...
|Published a memoir titled Find Me in 2002.|
|Publicly acknowledged being a lesbian in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer because she was appalled by a Florida law that preventing gays from adopting children.|
|In 2003, she was sued by the publishers of her magazine, Rosie, for resigning; responded by countersuing. A judge determined neither party deserved damages.|
|In 1978, at age 16, she debuted as a stand-up comic at a neighborhood restaurant; six years later, she won Star Search five times, earning enough in cash prizes to move to Los Angeles.|
|Named homecoming queen, prom queen, class president and class clown in high school.|
|Made her Broadway debut in the 1994 revival of Grease and subsequently appeared in Seussical (2001) and Fiddler on the Roof (2005). She also produced Boy George's autobiographical|
|Earned six Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Rosie O'Donnell Show (on air from 1996-2002) and five for Outstanding Talk Show as the program's executive producer.|
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