Roseanne Barr
Actress, comedienne, writer, producer, director
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedienne, writer, television producer, director and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the sitcom Roseanne. The show was a hit and lasted nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. She won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the show.
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Will The Stars Appear On Occupy's 5th Birthday?
Huffington Post - 5 months
Five years ago on September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street's taking of Zuccotti Park in New York City provided an opportunity for many stars to shine. A few, all too few, continue to shine even today. When Occupy was evicted from its Eden, some of the brightest faded quickly, having no audience. Gratefully, other stars emerged out of that darkness and continue putting forth their light even today. As Michael Greenberg described in The New York Review in November, 2011, Cameras were everywhere - recording, broadcasting, feeding - and the people at the computer hub were hard at work, streaming it all live. The movement was a digitized global brain, a strange melding of the virtual and the actual, one a mirror of the other, both unspooling simultaneously in real time. How could this not attract the glitterati? Here is a sampling of those immediately tying themselves to the Occupy cause, but who seemed to fizzle, followed by a list of those who have continued to shin ...
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Is Donald Trump Really Madonna In Drag?
Huffington Post - 6 months
Donald Trump's entire campaign has been a massive publicity stunt that has gotten completely out of hand. Trump's candidacy has never been more serious than Pat Paulsen's, Roseanne Barr or Stephen Colbert (As noted in my previous 'Andrew Dice Clay For Vice-President!'). The Huffington Post had it right in the first place when they initially covered him as 'Entertainment.' In the days before inane reality programming blurred the lines between satire and stupidity, Paulsen's campaign was obviously taken as a political statement about the duplicity of the Nixon administration. Colbert made it clear from the outset that he was only joking. And Roseanne Barr might have been delusional enough to think the public would accept a loud, slovenly housewife as President. But reality star, and seemingly serious businessman Donald Trump, offered a more plausible optic. Then, taking a page from Madonna's past egotistical self-promotion, playing political 'Truth or Dare' for exposure, rating's hu ...
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Roseanne Barr denies she's a Trump supporter
CNN - 8 months
If Roseanne Barr is going to endorse anyone for president, she's going to go with a potential candidate she knows really well -- herself.
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Comedian takes her politics seriously in documentary 'Roseanne for President'
LATimes - 8 months
If there’s one thing that the documentary “Roseanne for President” illustrates, it’s that Roseanne Barr deserves a proper documentary about her career as a glass-ceiling-busting comedian, television pioneer and general rabble-rouser. There are crumbs of her remarkable life story scattered about...
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Dena Blizzard, One Weird and Wonderfully Funny Mother Shares the Crazy Normality of Parenthood
Huffington Post - 10 months
Thirteen years ago, Dena Blizzard -- the 1995 Miss New Jersey with a graduate degree in gerontology -- had just given birth to her second child, when her approaching 30th birthday hit her hard. "I thought my life was over and I was going to die soon." To cheer her up, her husband Jim surprised her with the birthday gift of her dreams -- classes in standup at the Comedy Cabaret in Northeast Philadelphia. How funny was she? "I was awful, but I loved it." Her teacher disagreed. "In exchange for (doing a mumbled verb I couldn't decipher over the telephone) customers, I got to perform for five minutes on stage." I couldn't believe my ears and ask if she'd been seating or breastfeeding customers? "If I'd been breastfeeding customers, I'd have demanded at least ten minutes on stage," she assured me. "Standup was the only thing I wanted to do, but I was uptight, afraid of being embarrassed if I wasn't funny." She got over that when her two-year-old son "had a fit that wouldn't stop a ...
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Roseanne Barr reflects on motherhood ahead of 'Momsters' second season
LATimes - about 1 year
"I have nothing in common with other humans, really, just breathing and eating," Roseanne Barr says, only half-kidding. "I have so many weird angles it's not normal." She is sitting in her El Segundo studio, her hair a short shock of platinum blond that stands to attention when she rumples it....
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Roseanne Barr going blind and preventing her diseases
CNN - almost 2 years
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Roseanne Barr is losing her vision to macular degeneration, glaucoma
LATimes - almost 2 years
Roseanne Barr is losing her sight to macular degeneration and glaucoma, she said in an interview published Monday.
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Roseanne Barr's Eye Disease Is Most Common Cause of Blindness
ABC News - almost 2 years
Roseanne Barr has macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in America.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roseanne Barr
  • 2016
    Age 63
    Despite her generally leftist views, Barr voiced her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a June 2016 Hollywood Reporter interview. "I think we would be so lucky if Trump won.
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    In 2015, Barr revealed she has been diagnosed with both macular degeneration and glaucoma, and thus is gradually losing her eyesight and expects to eventually go blind; she is consuming medical marijuana to decrease her intraocular pressure that is a feature of these diseases.
    More Details Hide Details Roseanne Barr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the north side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Blvd.
    In August 2015, summary judgment was granted in favor of Barr.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    On November 28, 2014, Barr's series, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad debuted on the Investigation Discovery cable network, a network that she says she's a 'little obsessed with.'
    More Details Hide Details Barr hosts the show as herself. 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. As she later claimed, she was initially having trouble hearing herself over the public-address system, so she was singing as loudly as possible, and her rendition of the song sounded "screechy". Following her rendition, she mimicked the often-seen actions of players by spitting and grabbing her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup. 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 and offended many, including President George H. W. Bush, who called her rendition "disgraceful." Barr would revisit this incident during her Comedy Central Roast in 2012, wherein she once again belted out the last few bars of the national anthem, without screeching.
  • 2012
    Age 59
    She then sought the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party, which she won on August 4, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Barr received 61,971 votes in the general election, placing sixth overall. Barr was born in Salt Lake City, to a working-class Jewish family. She is the oldest of four children born to Helen (née Davis), a bookkeeper and cashier, and Jerome Hershel "Jerry" Barr, who worked as a salesman. Her father's family were Jewish immigrants from Russia, and her maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Austria-Hungary and Lithuania, respectively. Her paternal grandfather changed his surname from "Borisofsky" to "Barr" upon entering the United States. Her Jewish upbringing was influenced by her devoutly Orthodox Jewish maternal grandmother. Barr's parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from their neighbors and were partially involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barr has stated, "Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons". When Barr was three years old, she got Bell's palsy on the left side of her face. Barr said, "so my mother called in a rabbi to pray for me, but nothing happened. Then my mother got a Mormon preacher, he prayed, and I was miraculously cured". Years later Barr learned that Bell's palsy was usually temporary and that the Mormon preacher came "exactly at the right time". At six years old, Barr discovered her first public stage by lecturing at LDS churches around Utah and even was elected president of a Mormon youth group.
    In early 2012, Barr announced her candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Green Party.
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    Shortly after losing the Green Party nomination, Barr announced she would run on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket with activist Cindy Sheehan as a running mate. On August 4, 2012, Barr won the 2012 presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party.
    More Details Hide Details Barr's running mate, Cindy Sheehan, immediately had disagreements with Barr, from Barr's views on policy, to Barr's desire to only campaign online, and Barr's treatment of Green Party nominee Jill Stein, leading Sheehan to request her name taken off the Peace and Freedom Party ticket. Sheehan was told it was too late to have her name removed, so she instead announced that she was simply leaving the campaign. Barr finished her campaign with nearly 50,000 votes nationwide, placing sixth overall with considerably less than .1% of the popular vote; Stein placed far ahead of her in fourth place with roughly .3% of the popular vote and 469,501 votes. Barr was followed by a film crew throughout her entire campaign, with documentarian Eric Weinrib directing, leading to questions about the sincerity of her campaign. Over 300 hours were filmed and were released as a film called Roseanne for President! Despite questions of her sincerity regarding her campaign, Barr and her family have insisted her desire to run for President was "very real."
    On July 14, 2012, Barr came in second, losing the nomination to Jill Stein.
    More Details Hide Details Stein chose Cheri Honkala as her running-mate despite suggestions that she could choose Barr. Barr was given a prime speaking role at the Green Party National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, but decided to instead send a surrogate (Farheen Hakeem) to speak on her behalf. Barr's surrogate reportedly chided the Party for not respecting Barr's candidacy. A shouting match in a hallway reportedly ensued. Barr repeatedly criticized Jill Stein after losing the Green Party nomination, and caused controversy by using alleged transphobic words in statements about Stein on Twitter.
    She formally announced her candidacy for the party's 2012 presidential nomination on February 2, 2012.
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    Barr filed with the Federal Election Commission as a Green Party presidential candidate in January 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    On September 19, 2011, she appeared at the Occupy Wall Street protests and spoke in support of the protestors.
    More Details Hide Details She further stated that any "guilty" Wall Street bankers should be forced to give up any income over $100 million, be sent to re-education camps, or be executed by beheading if they resisted.
    On August 5, 2011, Barr appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and announced her candidacy for president in the 2012 presidential election, running on the "Green Tea Party" ticket.
    More Details Hide Details Her candidacy mixed attention to economics, personal health and meditation. She also said that she is running for Prime Minister of Israel. In an interview with The Jewish Daily Forward she invoked tikkun olam in her support of bringing women into politics and religion.
    In August 2011, it was reported that Barr was working on a new sitcom with 20th Century Fox Television tentatively titled Downwardly Mobile.
    More Details Hide Details Steven Greener, who also executive produced her reality show Roseanne's Nuts, will also executive produce the sitcom. Eric Gilliland is attached as co-creator, writer and executive producer; Gilliland was also a writer on Barr's previous sitcom Roseanne. The show will be set in a mobile home community and use a multiple-camera setup. In October 2011, NBC picked up the show. A pilot was filmed but initially ended up being shelved by the network. Barr blames her "Progressive politics" as being the sole reason behind the pilot's rejection. Barr states that she was notified that the show would not be picked up due to its being labeled "too polarizing" by network executives. In an interview with Politicker, Barr revealed that the show had been axed only to announce three hours later that she had just received a phone call saying that NBC had not given up on the project completely. The show could end up as an NBC midseason replacement. Barr hopes she's given the opportunity to retool the show.
    Roseanne's Nuts, a reality show featuring Barr, boyfriend Johnny Argent, and son Jake as they run a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Big Island, Hawaii was broadcast by Lifetime Television in July 2011, and cancelled in September of that year.
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    She appeared in 2011 on a Super Bowl XLV commercial for Snickers along with comedian Richard Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details It was the most popular ad based on the number of TiVo users rewinding and watching it over.
    Barr released her third book, Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm, in January 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    In 2010, Barr appeared in Jordan Brady's documentary about stand-up comedy, I Am Comic.
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    Barr headlined the inaugural Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival in February 2010, a project of the Traverse City Film Festival, founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
    More Details Hide Details Moore developed the comedy fest with comedian Jeff Garlin.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    On April 15, 2009, Barr made an appearance on Bravo's 2nd Annual A-List Awards in the opening scenes.
    More Details Hide Details She played Kathy Griffin's fairy godmother, granting her wish to be on the A-List for one night only.
    On March 23, 2009 it was announced that Barr would be returning to primetime with a new sitcom, wherein she would once again play the matriarch.
    More Details Hide Details Jim Vallely of Arrested Development had been tapped to pen the series. She later stated on her website that the project had been canceled.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    In March 2008, she headlined an act at the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
    More Details Hide Details From 2009 to 2010, she hosted a politically themed radio show on KPFK. Since 2008, she and partner Johnny Argent have hosted a weekly radio show on Sundays, on KCAA in the Los Angeles area, called "The Roseanne and Johnny Show".
  • 2007
    Age 54
    In April 2007, Barr hosted season three of The Search for the Funniest Mom in America on Nick at Nite.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    Roseanne's return to the stage culminated in an HBO Comedy Special Roseanne Barr: Blonde N Bitchin, which aired November 4, 2006, on HBO.
    More Details Hide Details Two nights earlier, Roseanne had returned to primetime network TV with a guest spot on NBC's My Name Is Earl, playing a crazy trailer park manager.
    In February 2006, Barr performed her first-ever live dates in Europe as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival in Leicester, England.
    More Details Hide Details The shows took place at De Montfort Hall. She released her first children's DVD, Rockin' with Roseanne: Calling All Kids, that month.
  • 2005
    Age 52
    In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour.
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  • 2004
    Age 51
    In 2004, she voiced Maggie, one of the main characters in the animated film Home on the Range.
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  • 2003
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although 13 episodes were in production, a hysterectomy brought a premature end to both projects.
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, Barr met Johnny Argent online after running a writing competition on her blog and began dating him in 2003, after a year of phone conversations.
    More Details Hide Details They live on a 46-acre macadamia nut farm located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Barr purchased the property in 2007 for $1.78 million. Barr has studied Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Centre and frequently comments on the discipline.
  • 2000
    Age 47
    That same year, Barr hosted her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which ran for two years before it was canceled in 2000.
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  • 1998
    Age 45
    In 1998, she portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in a production of The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    In 1997, she made guest appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Nanny.
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    On February 14, 1995, Barr married Ben Thomas, her one-time personal security guard, at Caesars Tahoe with a reception at Planet Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details In November 1994, she became pregnant through in-vitro fertilization and they had a son named Buck. The couple stayed together until 2002. In the mid-1990s, Barr had multiple cosmetic surgeries performed, such as a breast reduction, tummy tuck, and a nose job. During the late 1990s she had gastric bypass surgery.
  • 1994
    Age 41
    Barr filed for divorce from Tom Arnold on April 18, 1994 in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details Their efforts to have children were unsuccessful.
    In 1994, she released a second book, My Lives.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Barr became the first female comedian to host the MTV Video Music Awards on her own. She remained the only to have done so until comedian Chelsea Handler hosted in 2010.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    She appeared three times on Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1994, co-hosting with then-husband Tom Arnold in 1992.
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    In 1991, she voiced the baby, Julie, in Look Who's Talking Too.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
  • 1990
    Age 37
    Four days later, on January 20, 1990, Barr married fellow comedian Tom Arnold and became known as Roseanne Arnold during the marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Barr had met Arnold in 1983 in Minneapolis, where he opened for her stand-up comedy act. In 1988, Barr brought Arnold onto her sitcom, Roseanne, as a writer. Barr has a lesbian sister, Geraldine Barr, and a gay brother, Ben Barr, both of whom inspired her to introduce gay characters into her sitcom. Barr has stated that she supports gay marriage. Geraldine was also Barr's manager while performing in comedy clubs and at the start of her sitcom. Geraldine claimed that Arnold tried to dominate Barr "for his own reasons". After being fired by Roseanne, Geraldine filed a $70.3 million breach of contract lawsuit in Superior Court of Los Angeles County on December 18, 1991. She said Barr promised her half the earnings from the Roseanne show for helping invent the "domestic goddess" character in 1981, serving as "writer, organizer, accountant, bookkeeper and confidante". Since it was six months past the statute of limitations, the suit was thrown out.
    Pentland and Barr divorced on January 16, 1990.
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    Controversy arose when she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" off-key at a 1990 nationally aired baseball game, followed by grabbing her crotch and spitting.
    More Details Hide Details After her sitcom ended, she launched her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which aired from 1998 to 2000. In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour. In 2011, she starred in an unscripted TV show, Roseanne's Nuts, that lasted from July to September of that year, about her life on a Hawaiian farm.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    Barr gave Amy Sherman-Palladino and Joss Whedon their first writing jobs on Roseanne. She released her autobiography in 1989, titled Roseanne—My Life As a Woman.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she made her film debut in She-Devil, playing Ruth. Film critic Roger Ebert gave her a positive review saying, "Barr could have made an easy, predictable and dumb comedy at any point in the last couple of years. Instead, she took her chances with an ambitious project – a real movie. It pays off, in that Barr demonstrates that there is a core of reality inside her TV persona, a core of identifiable human feelings like jealousy and pride, and they provide a sound foundation for her comic acting".
  • 1988
    Age 35
    The show premiered on October 18, 1988 and was watched by 21.4 million households, making it the highest-rated debut of that season.
    More Details Hide Details Barr became outraged when she watched the first episode of Roseanne and noticed that in the credits, Williams was listed as creator. She told Tanner Stransky of Entertainment Weekly, "We built the show around my actual life and my kids. The 'domestic goddess', the whole thing". In the same interview, Werner said, "I don't think Roseanne, to this day, understands that this is something legislated by the Writers Guild, and it's part of what every show has to deal with. They're the final arbiters." During the first season, Barr sought more creative control over the show, opposing Williams' authority. Barr refused to say certain lines and eventually walked off set. She threatened to quit the show if Williams did not leave. ABC let Williams go after the thirteenth episode. Roseanne ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997. Barr won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Kids Choice Award, and three American Comedy Awards for her part in the show. For the final two seasons, Barr earned $40 million, making her the second-highest-paid woman in show business at the time, after Oprah Winfrey. Barbara Ehrenreich called Barr a working-class spokesperson representing "the hopeless underclass of the female sex: polyester-clad, overweight occupants of the slow track; fast-food waitresses, factory workers, housewives, members of the invisible pink-collar army; the despised, the jilted, the underpaid," but a master of "the kind of class-militant populism that the Democrats, most of them anyway, never seem to get right."
  • 1986
    Age 33
    In 1986, she performed on Late Night with David Letterman and the following year had her own HBO special called The Roseanne Barr Show, which earned her an American Comedy Award for the funniest female performer in a television special.
    More Details Hide Details Barr was offered the role of Peg Bundy in Married... with Children but turned it down. In her routine she popularized the phrase, "domestic goddess," to refer to a homemaker or housewife. The success of her act led to her own series on ABC, called Roseanne. In 1987, The Cosby Show executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner wanted to bring a "no-perks family comedy" to television. They hired Cosby writer Matt Williams to write a script about factory workers and signed Barr to play Roseanne Conner.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    While in Colorado, Barr did stand-up gigs in clubs in Denver and other Colorado towns. She later tried out at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and went on to appear on The Tonight Show in 1985.
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  • 1974
    Age 21
    On February 4, 1974, Barr married Bill Pentland, a motel clerk she met while in Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details They had three children: Jessica, Jennifer, and Jake.
    In 1974, she married Bill Pentland, with whom she had three children, before divorcing in 1990 and marrying comedian Tom Arnold for four years.
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  • 1970
    Age 17
    In 1970, when Barr was 18 years old, she moved out by informing her parents she was going to visit a friend in Colorado for two weeks, but never returned.
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  • 1952
    Born in 1952.
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