Rosie O'Donnell

Comedian, Actor, TV host
Outspoken comedienne Rosie O'Donnell first made a name for herself with her Long Island-accented stand-up and later as the affable star of films and, most notably, her popular daytime television talk show, "The Rosie ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1962 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (149)

Ally McBeal 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Spin City 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fosters 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The View 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Brand: A Second Coming 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The (Dead Mothers) Club 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Herself

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bomb Girls 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happily Divorced 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rosie Show 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005, 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

America 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rosie Live 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Little Britain USA 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Queer as Folk (US) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

N Sync Live! The Atlantis Concert 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sixty Spins Around the Sun 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Survivor: Marquesas -- The Reunion 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Host

The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colin Quinn Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in My Heart: A Love Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Deidre Hall 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gun Deadlock 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rosie Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets Through the Smoke 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tonys 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

of Octopus Masseuse (Voice)

The Time of Your Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celine Dion: These Are Special Times 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Iman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Merv Griffin: Master of the Game 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 12th Annual Kid's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosie O'Donnell's Kids Are Punny 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Terk (Voice)

Tarzan in Concert With Phil Collins 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ESPY Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue's Birthday 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmopalooza 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid 97 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rebecca Lobo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Take a Moment 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files Movie Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wide Awake 1998 (Movie)

Sister Terry (Actor)

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Very Personal With Naomi Judd 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Gina Barrisano (Actor)

Harriet the Spy 1996 (Movie)

Ole Golly (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Roberta Martin (Actor)

Rosie O'Donnell 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 (Movie)

Lucille Toody (Actor)

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Makeup (Actor)

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand-Up Spotlight 1989 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cindy Crawford Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flintstones 1994 (Movie)

Betty Rubble (Actor)

The Flintstones: Best of Bedrock 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

Gina Garrett (Actor)

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurricane Relief 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Doris Murphy (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Say It, Fight It, Cure It (TV Show)

Actor

Stand By Your Man (TV Show)

Actor

Teenage Paparazzo (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight of the Golds (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Specials 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules fo Parents on Divorce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

("Trashin' the Camp") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (2)

The Caroline Rhea Show 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Queen Latifah 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Consultant

Biography

Outspoken comedienne Rosie O'Donnell first made a name for herself with her Long Island-accented stand-up and later as the affable star of films and, most notably, her popular daytime television talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996-2002). Just before leaving her cushy TV gig, the comic came out of the closet, revealing both her homosexuality and a whole other side to her "Queen of Nice" personality. Taking on everything from the NRA to the President of the United States to the government of the Bahamas, O'Donnell let the fur fly, speaking her mind as she had always done - only this time, without the restrictions of her talk show persona. Fans delighted when O'Donnell returned to daytime television on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) in 2006, resulting in skyrocketing ratings immediately upon her arrival. After a single, stormy season on "The View" - encompassing an escalating war of words with media-loving tycoon Donald Trump, and culminating with an on-air dust up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck - O'Donnell departed the show abruptly in April of 2007. In the years following her exit from "The View," O'Donnell published a tell-all memoir Celebrity Detox, continued her popular video blog, "JaHeRo" on her rosie.com website, and hosted "Rosie Radio" on Sirius XM satellite radio. Unceasingly passionate, always opinionated, and frequently controversial, O'Donnell never failed to both inspire and irritate the public at large.

Relationships

Dakota

Daughter
Adopted Jan. 5, 2013 with Michelle Rounds

Tracy Kachtick-Anders

Companion
Mother of six Began dating in fall 2009 Rumored to have split briefly in early 2011, but O'Donnell confirmed they were still together in April of 2011; no longer together

Edward O'Donnell

Father
Born in Belfast, Ireland Designed cameras for spy satellites; estranged from daughter

Kelli O'Donnell

Domestic Partner
Formerly worked at Nickelodeon as a marketing executive Legally changed last name to O'Donnell in December 2002 Married in San Francisco on Feb. 26, 2004, two weeks after mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples Marriage was later voided by the CA Supreme Court Divorced in 2008

Roseann O'Donnell

Mother
Formerly the president of the PTA at Rocking Hills Elementary School Died of breast cancer four days before Rosie's 11th birthday on March 17, 1973

Chelsea O'Donnell

Daughter
Adopted with partner Kelli Carpenter; born on Sept. 20, 1997

Mia O'Donnell

Daughter
Born c. 1997 O'Donnell (with Carpenter) took in the child in 2000 and publicly discussed her desire to formally adopt her According to reports, Mia continued to exhibit symptoms of past abuse and was removed from O'Donnell's care and enrolled at a treatment center for her emotional problems in March 2001

Vivienne O'Donnell

Daughter
Born Nov. 29, 2002 to Carpenter (was conceived through artificial insemination by an anonymous donor)

Blake O'Donnell

Son
Adopted with partner Kelli Carpenter; born prematurely on Dec. 5, 1999

Parker O'Donnell

Son
Adopted with partner Kelli Carpenter; born on May 25, 1995

Daniel O'Donnell

Brother
Elected a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly in 2002, becoming the first openly gay man elected to the New York State Assembly

Edward O'Donnell

Brother
Older

Timothy O'Donnell

Brother
Younger

Maureen O'Donnell

Sister
Younger

Michelle Rounds

Wife
Couple reportedly met at a Starbucks; made first public appearance as a couple at Rosie's Theater Kids Galas in New York City Announced engagement in December 2011, but O'Donnell revealed on her OWN talk show that they have been engaged for months Married July 9, 2012 in New York

EDUCATION

Dickinson College

Carlisle , Pennsylvania
Briefly attended, before transferring to Boston University

Commack High School

Commack , New York 1980
Voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president and student council executive board member, as well as class clown

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts
Dropped out to pursue comedy career

Milestones

2010

Announced return to television with her talk show "The Rosie Show" on Oprah Winfrey's eponymous cable network OWN; premiered in 2011 and cancelled after five-month run in March 2012 due to low ratings

2009

Guest starred on the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva"

2009

Hosted a daily radio show for Sirius XM Radio in the fall

2007

Released her second memoir Celebrity Detox

2006

Announced as the replacement for Meredith Viera on "The View" (ABC)

2006

Helmed the documentary film "Aboard: Rosie's Family Cruise," about R. Family Vacations, the gay cruise that was started by O'Donnell and her partner (aired on HBO)

2006

Returned to daytime TV as co-host of "The View" (ABC); left the show in 2007 and was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg

2005

Cast in the role of Golde, the wife of Harvey Fierstein's 'Tevye the milkman' in the Broadway revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof"

2005

Co-starred as a developmentally disabled woman opposite Andie MacDowell in the CBS movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister"; directed by Anjelica Huston

2002

Resigned from daytime television and returned to doing stand-up

2002

Published her memoir Find Me

2002

Severed her connection with Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing and resigned from the Rosie Magazine

2002

Played a lesbian on an episode of "Will & Grace" (NBC) only a month before she officially 'came out'

2001

Assumed role of the Cat in the Hat in the Broadway musical "Seussical" while originator David Shiner was on vacation

2001

Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary "Artists and Orphans: A True Drama"

2000

Became the editorial director of McCall's magazine; retitled it Rosie in 2001; ceased publication at the end of 2002

1999

Hosted "The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards"

1999

Supplied the voice of Terkoz for Disney's animated "Tarzan"

1998

Portrayed a baseball-loving nun in M. Night Shyamalan's "Wide Awake"

1997

Served as host for the annual Tony Awards telecast on CBS for two consecutive years

1996

Delivered memorable role in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"

1996

Hosted the daily syndicated talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"; also served as executive producer

1994

Offered a bright performance in Garry Marshall's "Exit to Eden" as half of a team of undercover cops

1994

Made Broadway debut as Rizzo in a revival of the musical "Grease"

1994

Played Betty Rubble in the live-action feature version of "The Flintstones"

1993

Joined Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the sequel "Another Stakeout"

1993

Played Meg Ryan's best buddy in "Sleepless in Seattle"

1992

Made feature acting debut in Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own"

1992

Starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Stand By Your Man"

1988

Produced and hosted VH1's half-hour series "Stand Up Spotlight"

1986

Made TV series debut as Nell Carter's dental-hygenist neighbor on "Gimme a Break" (NBC)

1984

Made TV debut on the syndicated series "Star Search"; won the comedy competition five times by decade's end

1978

Made professional debut as comedian at the local Ground Round restaurant's open-mike night at age 16

Made her stage debut as Glinda the Good Witch in a second grade production of "The Wizard of Oz"

Bonus Trivia

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"Everybody had a sister or best friend like me, and that same non-threatening feeling goes into the show because a lot of women are competitive and our show is more of a celebration. It's not really a choice I make; it's how I live my life, the things I do when I mess up. Like the time I cut my daughter's finger when I was trimming her nails, it was the worst moment of my life, and I almost didn't talk about it on the air because I felt such shame. But when I did, the letters and calls we got! Thousands saying, 'I did the same thing.' That's the humanity people respond to, the normalcy, and it's harder when you become rich and famous, especially hard if you do comedy." – O'Donnell quoted in The Chicago Tribune, June 6, 1998

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"I'm getting closer to the age when my mother died. I used to think it was my destiny to follow in her footsteps, that there was some time bomb ticking inside of me. But the introduction of children in my life has given me a will and a knowledge that I'll be around for them." – O'Donnell quoted in Biography Magazine, August 1998

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In May 1999, a month after the Columbine shootings, O'Donnell interviewed actor Tom Selleck. O'Donnell confronted him about his recent commercial for the National Rifle Association (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 maintained that Selleck and his publicist had been informed that the topic would be discussed.

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In January 2002, O'Donnell appeared on the sitcom "Will & Grace" (NBC) as a lesbian mom. A month later, as part of her act at the Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club, O'Donnell came out as a lesbian, announcing "I'm a dyke!" The announcement came two months before the end of her talk show.

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In October 2002, Rosie publisher Gruner + Jahr filed a lawsuit for an estimated $300 million against O'Donnell for quitting the magazine. O'Donnell countersued for breach of contract. The judge ultimately ruled against both sides and dismissed the case.

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In 2003, Rosie O'Donnell donated $25,000 to fund the Fab Five Room, a classroom named after the cast of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" at Harvey Milk High School, which served gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in New York City.

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O'Donnell announced she suffered a heart attack in August 2012, but said she survived it by taking aspirin. Just two months before, her wife Michelle Rounds was diagnosed with rare desmoid tumors, also known as Aggressive Fibromatosis.

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