Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Producer and actress on TV series Roseanne (1988-1997)
Brash and brassy comedian Roseanne is a one-of-a-kind talent who during her career has undergone many substantial changes that have transformed her from trailer trash queen to one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. Around age 18, Barr moved to a Colorado hippie commune where she met Bill Pentland. They married in 1973 and moved to Denver where they struggled to support their three subsequent children. By the mid-'70s, Roseanne was working as both a cocktail waitress and a window dresser to help feed her family. Impressed by her quick, caustic wit and funny insights into women, men, and domestic life, friends and patrons suggested she take her stories on stage at a local comedy club. It was on stage where she honed her famous characterization of the dumpy, domineering, and earthy "Domestic Goddess." Within a few years, she had become one of the most popular stand-up acts in Denver and in 1983 headed for Hollywood to further her career. She quickly landed a gig at the Comedy Store and then appeared on the ABC television special Funny. During rehearsal, she was spotted by a talent scout from The Tonight Show, who promptly booked her for an appearance. It was a great success. In 1988, her innovative and distinguished television sitcom Roseanne debuted on ABC and centered on the struggles of an overweight, domineering mother and her raucous, working-class family that is often on the brink of financial and personal crisis but always manages to somehow hang together. Roseanne and her brood were real people facing real problems that weren't always neatly solved in 30 minutes. The shows were often simultaneously poignant and hilarious; until its last two seasons, Roseanne topped the ratings, and won numerous awards and honors. During the course of the show, the many changes in Roseanne's personal life were reflected on the air. When she underwent breast reduction surgery, her character did too. When she married Tom Arnold in 1990, he became a part of her show and she proudly billed herself as Roseanne Arnold. When the marriage broke up, he disappeared and she began billing herself only as Roseanne. She eventually married her body guard Ben Thomas and at the age of 43 had herself impregnated via in vitro fertilization. Her character Roseanne Conner also got pregnant. Even the plastic surgeries she has had on her face have received some treatment on the show, in this case via the opening credits wherein her photographs from the past nine seasons reflect her change from the frowsy to the almost glamorous. Her series ended in May, 1997. Though best known for her television work and live performances, Roseanne has also made periodic stabs at a movie career; she made her debut as a vengeful housewife opposite Meryl Streep in the comedy She-Devil (1989). The film received decidedly mixed reviews, and Roseanne's subsequent film appearances have been in cameos or small supporting roles. Over her career, Roseanne has received numerous awards, including an Emmy, several People's Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award. She was the fourth woman ever to become the star attraction at a Friar's Club celebrity roast. Back in the late '80s through the early '90s, Roseanne's tumultuous personal life, her often public and ill-timed abrasive nature coupled with her phenomenal popularity made her a favorite target of tabloid newspapers. Never one to shy away from such issues, she tells her own story in two books, the best-selling My Life as a Woman (1989) and My Lives (1994) She has also been frequently skewered by critics and wags who have difficulty accepting the fact that through sheer force of will, she has been able to overcome all obstacles to become a powerful and successful woman. After dropping out of school, Barr moved to a Colorado hippie commune, where she met Bill Pentland. They married in 1973 and moved to Denver, where they had three children, but struggled financially.Impressed by her quick, caustic wit and funny insights into women, men, and domestic life, friends suggested she take her stories on stage at a local comedy club. Within a few years, she had become one of the most popular stand-up acts in Denver and, in 1983, headed for Hollywood. She quickly landed a gig at the Comedy Store, and then appeared on the ABC television special, 'Funny'. During a rehearsal, she was spotted by a talent scout from 'The Tonight Show', who promptly booked her for an appearance.In 1988, her innovative and distinguished television sitcom, 'Roseanne', debuted on ABC. It centered on the struggles of an overweight, domineering mother and her raucous, working-class family. Often on the brink of financial and personal crisis, they always pull through. Until its last two seasons, 'Roseanne' topped the ratings, and won numerous awards and honours.Roseanne's personal life was often reflected on the air. When she underwent breast reduction surgery, her character did too. When she married Tom Arnold in 1990, he became a part of the show and she billed herself as Roseanne Arnold.When the marriage broke up, he disappeared and she began billing herself as 'Roseanne' again .She then married her body guard, Ben Thomas, and, at the age of 43, the couple had a child through in vitro fertilization. Her character Roseanne Conner also got pregnant. Her series ended in May 1997.Over her career, Roseanne has received numerous awards, including an Emmy, several People's Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award.
Growing up in a Jewish matriarchal world inside the patriarchal paradise of Salt Lake City, Utah, gave me increased perspective on gender issues, as it also did my gay brother and my lesbian sister. Our younger sister is the perfect Jewish-American wife and mother, and is fiercely proud of that fact.More Roseanne Barr quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I loved comedy all my life. I think it's a real powerful art form.More Roseanne Barr quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was completely nuts for most of my life.More Roseanne Barr quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why have I been chosen to deliver the message of female intelligence and its divinity to a deaf world of males? I have asked my god that question and She answered, 'Hey, why not you Roseanne?' Indeed, why not each of us?More Roseanne Barr quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Hollywood is the only place on earth that has more vampires, more undead, more resurrections than a month of Easter Sundays.More Roseanne Barr quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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