Roseanne Barr

Director, Cocktail waitress, Window dresser
One of the most outspoken and successful comediennes of the 1980s and 1990s, Roseanne Barr gave voice to the joys and frustrations of women's lives in Middle America, first, through her stand-up career, and later, as ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (134)

Cristela 2015 (Tv Show)

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3rd Rock From the Sun 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Last Comic Standing 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Roseanne 1988 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Roseanne's Nuts 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

The Ben Stiller Show 1992 - 1993, 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Millers 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Nanny 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Portlandia 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Office 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Comedy Central Roast Of Roseanne 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

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Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 (Tv Show)

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TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Legends: Rodney Dangerfield 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Captain Mike Across America 2006 (Movie)

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My Name is Earl 2006 (Tv Show)

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My Name is Jackie Beat 2005 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Maggie (Actor)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Brothers Garcia in Mysteries of the Maya 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Futurama 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Heroes Of Comedy: Women On Top 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Real Roseanne Show 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye 2000 (Movie)

Herself--Entertainer (Actor)

The Roseanne Show 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's 75th Birthday Toast 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Roseanne: Tabloids, Trash & Truth 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Saturday Night Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/17/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Dot (Actor)

How to Be Absolutely Fabulous 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Unzipped 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Who Makes You Laugh? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Madame Zoe (Actor)

One on One With Magic Johnson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Edna Time 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Farm Aid VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Roseanne and Tom: Getting Away With It 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Class Clowns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Roseanne Arnold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Rosey and Buddy Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Search For the New Ideal Man 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991 (Movie)

Childless Woman (Actor)

Roseanne Barr Live From Trump Castle 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The ABC Saturday Morning Preview 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

of Julie (Voice)

Mary Hart Presents: Love in the Public Eye 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

Ruth Patchett (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (01/31/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Like Mother, Like Daughter 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Roseanne Barr Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Lifetime Salutes Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Fast Copy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Backfield in Motion (TV Show)

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I Am Comic (TV Show)

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The Woman Who Loved Elvis (TV Show)

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Producer (2)

Little Rosey 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of the most outspoken and successful comediennes of the 1980s and 1990s, Roseanne Barr gave voice to the joys and frustrations of women's lives in Middle America, first, through her stand-up career, and later, as the star and producer of her own decade-defining sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC, 1988-1997). The show was among the most honest portrayals of domestic life on television, but its consistent high ratings and numerous award wins were occasionally outshone by the tabloid coverage of its star, who garnered controversy for her multiple marriages - most famously to obnoxious comic Tom Arnold - her occasionally ruthless backstage manner on her show, and topped off by her infamous mangling of the "Star Spangled Banner" to the boos of sports fans and patriots everywhere. In the decade following "Rosanne," Barr entered into further tumultuous romantic relationships, made short-lived attempts to return to television, and even revived her stand-up career, although never again would she achieve the zeitgeist level of notoriety she had enjoyed at the height of her fame. However outlandish Roseanne would become, there was no denying she had struck a chord with middle-class viewers who, for a brief moment in time, made Roseanne the most powerful woman on television.

Relationships

Johnny Argent Music

Companion
Met in 2002 when he submitted songs to her via internet; Argent was four years older than Barr Began dating in 2003 after a year of phone conversations Lived together in a 46-acre macadamia nut farm on the Big Island of Hawaii that Barr purchased in 2007

Tom Arnold Actor

Husband
Met in 1983 when Arnold opened for Barr's act in Minnesota Married Jan. 20, 1990 Renewed wedding vows on June 23, 1991 in celebration of Arnold's conversion to Judaism He also served as her manager and producer; worked together in multiple projects including ABC's "Roseanne" Divorced on Dec. 9, 1994

Jerry Barr

Father
Barr claimed "My father molested me until I left home at age 17" at a conference of sexual abuse victims on Sept. 21, 1991 in Denver; her father denied charges and Barr later claimed she was wrong about incest revelations

Helen Barr

Mother
Barr spoke at a conference of sexual abuse victims held in Denver, CO on Sept. 21, 1991 and claimed her mother molested her as a small child; Barr later claimed she was wrong about incest revelations

Ben Barr

Brother
Was outed by his sister Roseanne; executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation

Geraldine Barr

Sister
Filed a $70.3 million breach of contract lawsuit against Roseanne in December 1991, claiming she helped create her sister's "domestic goddess" persona and the "Roseanne" (ABC) character on the hit TV series; suit was thrown out since it was six months past the statute of limitations

Stephanie Barr

Sister

Brandi Brown

Daughter
Barr gave her up for adoption in 1970; they reunited after approximately 18 years

Bill Pentland Actor

Husband
Pentland was working as a hotel clerk when Barr met him; he later worked for a time for the United States Postal Service Married on Feb. 4, 1974 and had three children together Divorced on Jan. 16, 1990

Jennifer Pentland

Daughter
Born c. 1976; father, Bill Pentland

Jessica Pentland

Daughter
Born c. 1975; father, Bill Pentland

Jake Pentland

Son
Born c. 1977; father, Bill Pentland

Ben Thomas

Husband
Thomas was Barr's former bodyguard Married Feb. 14, 1995 First filed for divorce in 1998, but reconciled several months later Again separated in 2001 Filed for divorce in March 2002 Divorced in October 2002

Buck Thomas

Son
Born Aug. 5, 1995; father Ben Thomas; conceived through In-Vitro fertilization

Milestones

2013

Announced to star and produce sitcom for NBC; also filmed guest starring role on "The Office" (NBC)

2012

Unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States under the Green Party

2011

Released her third book titled Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

2011

Returned to television with "Roseanne's Nuts," a Lifetime series following Barr as she ran a 40-acre nut farm on Hawaii’s Big Island; also executive produced

2009

Hosted a politically-themed radio show on KPFK

2008

Headlined an act at the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip

2007

Hosted season three of "The Search for the Funniest Mom in America" on Nick at Nite

2006

Returned to mark her first standup special in a decade with HBO's "Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'"

2004

Guest starred on CBS's "Two and a Half Men" as the sister of Charlie Sheen's maid

2004

Voice of Maggie (The Outsider) in the animated feature "Home on the Range"

2003

Re-adopted her last name "Barr"

2003

Starred on her own reality series "The Real Roseanne Show" (ABC); show canceled after just two weeks on the air

1998

Hosted the syndicated daytime talk program "The Roseanne Show"

1997

Stage acting debut as the Wicked Witch of the West/Elvira Gulch in NYC production of "The Wizard of Oz"

1994

Announced that her professional name was to be Roseanne after her separation from husband Tom Arnold

1993

Executive produced first TV-movie, "The Woman Who Loved Elvis" (ABC); also starred

1993

Signed a long-term TV production deal with Warner Bros. under the Wappello County Productions banner

1992

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1992

Executive produced first TV series in which she did not star, "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC) starring husband Tom Arnold

1992

Hosted "Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International"

1991

Starred in first made-for-TV movie, "Backfield in Motion" (ABC)

1991

Changed professional name to Roseanne Arnold after she and Tom Arnold agreed that she would take his name if he converted to Judaism

1991

Had a small role in "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" (credited as Mrs. Tom Arnold)

1991

Made her TV directorial debut with the HBO comedy special "Roseanne Barr Live from Trump Castle"; also executive produced, wrote and starred in

1990

Created and executive produced the ABC animated series "Little Rosey"

1990

Supplied the voice of baby Julie in the feature film sequel "Look Who's Talking Too"

1989

Made her feature film acting debut in "She Devil" opposite Meryl Streep

1988

Made series acting debut on sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC); series based on her life and comedy act; received credit as producer from 1990 until the series ended in 1997

1987

First TV special, "On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show" (HBO)

1984

Moved to Los Angeles with family and toured for 18 weeks as Julio Iglesias' opening act

1983

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC)

1983

Hired by Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore in Los Angeles

1983

Won Denver Laff-Off competition in stand-up comedy

1982

Produced showcase for women performers at the University of Boulder, CO

1982

Hired to perform at the Denver Comedy Club

1976

Began working as a window dresser and part-time cocktail waitress; encouraged by her bar customers to perform stand-up

Formed Barnold Productions with Tom Arnold; changed company's name to Wapello County Productions (after the Iowa county in which they owned a farm) when Barr changed her name

Performed stand-up in punk bars, biker bars and Unitarian Church coffeehouses in Denver

Bonus Trivia

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"We're America's worst nightmare. White trash with money!" – Tom Arnold in US Weekly, April 16, 1990

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"Roseanne Barr has a history of extreme behavior in public" – Lynn Hirschberg in Vanity Fair, December 1990

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"She quite simply revolutionized the portrayal of gender issues on television." – Bernard Welt, chairman of the department of academic studies at the Corcoran School of Art, quoted in The New York Times, April 16, 1997

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"I just wanted to hold a mirror up to the society we live in, and I really wanted to honor what was ordinary and yet extraordinary about moms and family. The wisecracks were a way of saying a lot of things, of telling the truth, expressing sorrow, breaking a stalemate. There was never sweet, lilting laughter. The show was always about something." – Barr to The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 1997

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On people who find sex intriguing: "Well, they're taking drugs to make them that way. No one really enjoys it once they're past 25. But you kind of feel you owe it to somebody." – Barr quoted in People magazine, Sept. 16, 2002

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Barr suffered from Bell's palsy (temporary and/or permanent paralysis of a nerve in the face) at age three.

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She was hit by a car at age 16. Barr was in a coma for several days and later placed in a state hospital for a year. She also suffered from personality disorder, which required treatment with Thorazine.

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On July 25, 1990, Barr performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds at Jack Murphy Stadium. Following her rendition, she mimicked the often-seen actions of players by spitting and grabbing her crotch. Barr claimed she had been encouraged by baseball officials to "bring humor to the song." The song and the closing routine received heavy media attention.

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Barr's former agent Arlyne Rothberg filed a $20 million law suit against her, claiming that the 1994 autobiography My Lives misrepresented their relationship.

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In November 2011, Barr was reportedly ordered to pay her ex-husband Ben Thomas $35,000 for his attorney's fees during their child custody battle. Thomas originally demanded $100,000 from Barr for dragging him through the custody battle, which they settled a few months earlier.

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On Feb. 2, 2012, Barr announced she was running for President of the United States. The actress submitted paperwork to the Green Party for her candidacy.

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