Rosie O'Donnell

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Rosie O'Donnell
Birth name Roseann O'Donnell
Born March 21, 1962 in Long Island, New York, USA
Notable Shows The Rosie O'Donnell Show
The Rosie Show
The View
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Gimme a Break Maggie O'Brien 1986–1987 6
Stand By Your Man Lorraine Popowski 1992 1
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Host 1996–2002
The View Co-Host 2006–2007; 2013–2014

Recurring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Fosters Rita Hendricks 2014–2016

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Beverly Hills, 90210 Herself 3x12 - Destiny Rides Again November 4, 1992
Saturday Night Live Herself 19x06 - Rosie O'Donnell/James Taylor November 13, 1993
Living Single Sheri 2x14 - There's No Ship Like Kinship December 15, 1994
The Nanny Cozette 3x21 - Where's the Pearls? February 26, 1996
The Nanny Herself 4x04 - The Rosie Show October 9, 1996
Saturday Night Live Herself 22x09 - Rosie O'Donnell/Whitney Houston December 14, 1996
Spin City Herself 1x17 - An Affair to Remember February 18, 1997
Suddenly Susan Herself 1x13 - The Ways and Means February 27, 1997
Murphy Brown Ann Marie Delany - Secretary #92 10x19 - A Man and a Woman April 27, 1998
Ally McBeal Dr. Hooper 2x19 - Let's Dance April 26, 1999
Third Watch Paramedic 1x15 - Officer Involved February 21, 2000
The Practice Wedding Consultant 4x16 - Settling March 12, 2000
Will & Grace Bonnie 4x15 - Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard January 31, 2002
Judging Amy Nancy Paul 4x17 - Judging Eric February 25, 2003
Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself 5x02 - The Bowtie October 2, 2005

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
51st Annual Tony Awards Herself / Host June 1, 1997 Tony Awards

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Hollywood Squares September 15-19, 1998
Hollywood Squares November 2-6, 1998
Hollywood Squares February 14-18, 2000


Series Produced

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 –2002 Executive Producer

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies Produced

Title Credit Airdate Series/Banner
Riding the Bus with My Sister Executive Producer May 1, 2005 Hallmark Hall of Fame

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Talk Show Host (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show


  • Her father, Edward was an electrical engineer who immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland as a child
  • Her mother, Roseann (who was Irish-American) was a homemaker; she died of breast cancer in 1973 before Rosie's 11th birthday
  • Has an older brother, Daniel, who is a member of the New York State Assembly
  • Graduated from Commack High School in 1980
  • Briefly attended Dickinson College and later transferred to Boston University before dropping out of school entirely
  • Toured as a stand-up comedian in clubs from 1979 to 1984
  • Got her first big break on "Star Search"
  • In 2002, she announced that she is a lesbian
  • Has two ex-wives
  • Has five children: sons Parker (born in 1995) & Blake (born in 1999), daughters Chelsea (born in 1997), Vivienne (born in 2002) & Dakota (born in 2013); Parker, Chelsea, Blake and Dakota are adopted; her daughter, Vivienne was born by her first wife, Kelli
  • Suffered from a heart attack in 2012