|Date of Birth||3 November 1952, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA|
|Birth Name||Roseanne Cherrie Barr|
|Height||5' 4" (1.63 m)|
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Roseanne Barr, one of America's funniest comedians, has another side that not many people have seen. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her teenage years, she worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. She married Bill Pentland and they had three children together. They remained married for sixteen years, until Roseanne found her place as a comedian. She worked doing stand-up comedy until her 8/23/85 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) thrust her into the limelight. In 1987, HBO offered her a show of her own, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show (1987). It was canceled after a short time. In 1989, Roseanne starred opposite Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr. in She-Devil (1989). Though her first picture wasn't as successful as she might have hoped, her sitcom, Roseanne (1988), ran for nine seasons on ABC. During the show, Roseanne fell in love with fellow cast member Tom Arnold and divorced her husband Bill after nearly 20 years of marriage in order to marry Arnold.
After four years, Roseanne and Arnold divorced. Ratings on her TV show were also down. On Valentine's Day 1995, Roseanne married former bodyguard Ben Thomas. The marriage lasted until 2002. In 1996, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won, but she was not there to accept it. After Roseanne (1988) was canceled, she went on Broadway to play "The Wicked Witch of the West" in "The Wizard of Oz" to rave reviews.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actresses. She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a car accident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. Soon after, she gave birth to her first daughter, Brandi Brown, and gave her up for adoption. She began working at a restaurant as a dishwasher and waitress. Her hilarious comments to the customers she waited on led her to doing standup comedy at the restaurant. After her first TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1985, she wound up in her own standup comedy HBO show, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show (1987). This led to the highly popular sitcom Roseanne (1988) , co-starring John Goodman, which dealt with real-life issues in a lower middle-class working family. During its first season on ABC, it leaped to #2. After the sitcom's first season, Roseanne Barr gained notoriety when she gave a screeching, crotch-grabbing performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at a baseball game. When Roseanne divorced her first husband, _Bill Pentland_, after 16 years of marriage in 1990 and married Roseanne (1988) co-star Tom Arnold only four days later, her sitcom was already beginning its downward spiral. In 1991, she started to be billed as Roseanne Arnold.
Around this time, she began to claim that she, as well as her siblings, had been physically and sexually abused as a child. Both her siblings and parents denied the charges, and lie detector tests used on Roseanne's parents came back with negative results. The court battles led to 10 years of estrangement with her parents and siblings.
Her marriage with Arnold lasted four years before she filed for divorce from him for physical abuse and domestic violence. They proceeded to have one of the bitterest divorces Hollywood had ever seen. To this day, it is still not known if the accusations were true. Although she still insisted that he hit her, she admits that he never abused her three children from her previous marriage: Jessica, Jennifer, and Jacob Pentland. At that point, she had still not been reunited with her daughter Brandi Brown, whom she gave up for adoption when Roseanne was 17.
Luckily, Tom Arnold's exit from "Roseanne" happened towards the end of the sixth season, allowing the show to have an almost smooth ending. However, after the sixth season of Roseanne (1988), the plots started to run dry and ratings began to drop. During the season following her divorce, she insisted on being billed as simply "Roseanne." Shortly after her bitter divorce with Arnold, she married bodyguard Benjamin Thomas.
With Thomas, she had her tubal ligation surgery reversed in order to become pregnant with her fifth child, Buck Thomas. In 1997, she slowly tried to be known as "Roseanne Thomas." She was billed as Roseanne Thomas in the last few episodes of _Roseanne_ (as executive producer; she was still "Roseanne" in the cast credits), and she guest-starred in The Nanny (1993) as Roseanne Thomas in late 1997.
In 2002, she filed for divorce against Thomas for the second time (the first time, in 1998, she dropped the suit), accusing him of being disturbed and claiming that he threatened to run off with their son. After the divorce, she began to study the Kabballah, a form of Jewish mysticism, and those around her said she became amazingly centered and stable. Two years later, she ended the feud with her parents and siblings and went back to being billed as Roseanne Barr.
Today, Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold Thomas spends her time with her now 8-year-old son, Buck, and her other children in her new home in El Segundo, California.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert Koehler
|Ben Thomas||(14 February 1995 - 2002) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Tom Arnold||(20 January 1990 - 9 December 1994) (divorced)|
|Bill Pentland||(4 February 1974 - 16 January 1990) (divorced) (3 children)|
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|Roseanne (1988)||$600,000 /episode + large back end deal|