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Overview (3)

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Birth NameRoseanne Cherrie Barr
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Firebrand Roseanne Barr has long been one of America's funniest and most controversial comedians.

She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Helen (Davis), a cashier and bookkeeper, and Jerome Hershel "Jerry" Barr, a salesman. Her family was Jewish, and had moved to the U.S. from Russia, Lithuania, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She dropped out of high school when she was seventeen, and, after a car accident, was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. At seventeen, 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 stand-up comedy at the restaurant. She married Bill Pentland and they had three children together, Jessica, Jennifer, and Jacob Pentland.

Roseanne worked doing stand-up comedy until her August 23, 1985 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), debuted in 1988 and ran for 9 seasons seasons on ABC, co-starring John Goodman. It dealt with real-life issues in a lower middle-class working family. During its first season on ABC, it leaped to #2 in the ratings. After the sitcom's first season, Roseanne 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 negative. The court battles led to ten 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. It is still not known if the accusations were true. Although she insisted that he hit her, she admits that he never abused her three children from her previous marriage:

In 1996, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won, but she was not there to accept it. 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." 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.

On Valentine's Day 1995, Roseanne married former bodyguard Ben 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 began being billed as "Roseanne Thomas", as in the last 11 episodes of Roseanne, as executive producer (she was still "Roseanne" in the cast credits). 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. In the 2000s, 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 family in her home in El Segundo, California.

Always outspoken, Roseanne began commenting on politics in earnest in the 2000s, and unsuccessfully ran for the Green Party's presidential nomination in 2012. She was subsequently chosen as the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for President of the United States in '12, receiving 61,971 votes in the general election, and placing sixth. Her run is depicted in the documentary Roseanne for President! (2015).

Initially a left-leaning liberal, she became considerably more right-wing throughout the 2010s. Her show Roseanne returned for a tenth season in 2018, to blockbuster ratings, but was canceled after Roseanne sent a racially-offensive tweet that capped off a longer run of incendiary comments.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous and Robert Koehler

Spouse (3)

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)

Trade Mark (2)

Nasal voice
Deadpan, biting sarcasm

Trivia (35)

Her daughters Brandi Brown, Jennifer and Jessica Pentland all worked with her on her talk show.
Has three children with Bill Pentland: Jennifer, Jessica and Jacob.
Has one son with Ben Thomas: Buck.
Has a daughter from a previous relationship named Brandi, whom she put up for adoption. She searched for and eventually was reunited with Brandi.
Was born at 1:21 p.m. MST.
Had tubal ligation reversed in order to get pregnant with her son Buck.
States she suffered from multiple personality disorder.
Attended Salt Lake High School East, but dropped out before graduating.
On 9/17/1968 she was severely injured in a car crash, resulting in memory loss and nightmares. She was admitted to a state mental hospital at age 17, but left after less than a year.
At age 17 she left Utah and moved to Denver, CO, where she gave birth to daughter Brandi and then gave her up for adoption.
Worked as a dishwasher, cook, and waitress for Bennigan's Restaurant.
Collects pigs.
On 23 August 1985 she made her national TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). This marked the turning point in her career, and she was deluged with job offers thereafter.
In a 1991 People magazine interview, she claimed to have been an incest survivor, accusing both parents of physical and sexual abuse, charges which they have publicly denied.
Worked as a guest editor for the New Yorker magazine.
Renewed wedding vows with ex-husband and ex-bodyguard Ben Thomas on the 1999 Valentine's Day edition of her TV talk show. She first filed for divorce in January of 1998, claiming he was an abusive binge drinker who threatened to kidnap their son. They finally divorced in October 2002.
Is a spokeswoman for various pro-choice groups, has asserted pro-choice views in publications such as "The Advocate," and has appeared at benefits sponsored by pro-choice organizations such as the Fund for a Feminist Majority. In several episodes of Roseanne (1988) Roseanne Conner defends a woman's right to choose.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 26-28. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Chosen as #9 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, the highest-ranking woman.
First female to host the annual MTV music awards (1994).
Owns and operates a 50-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii where she and her partner keep beehives, goats and a lone black sheep named "Roseanne".
Currently resides in El Segundo, California. [December 2003]
Getting ready to come out with her first reality-TV show called The Real Roseanne Show (2003), which premieres August 6, 2003 on ABC. [August 2003]
Her paternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and her paternal grandmother was born in Minnesota, to Russian Jewish parents. Her maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Austria-Hungary and Lithuania, respectively.
On July 25, 1990, she sang the National Anthem at a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds at Jack Murphy Stadium.
Unsuccessfully ran for president in the 2012 US election. She sought the Green Party presidential nomination, but finished second in the primaries to eventual nominee Jill Stein. Barr was later nominated for president by the Peace and Freedom Party and appeared on the ballot in California, Florida, and Colorado. She received 67,326 votes and 0.05% of the popular vote, placing sixth overall. Her campaign was the subject of the documentary Roseanne for President! (2015).
She was unable to vote for herself during in the 2012 US presidential election, during which she was the nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party. She did not qualify for the ballot in Hawaii, her home state, which also does not allow write-in votes. She instead voted for President Barack Obama.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 18, a daughter Brandi Ann on May 16, 1971 in Denver, Colorado. Child's father is unknown to the public and Brandi was subsequently adopted by the Brown family.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 22, a daughter Jessica Lynn Pentland on March 18, 1975. Child's father is her 1st ex-husband, Bill Pentland.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 23, a daughter Jennifer C. Pentland on May 28, 1976. Child's father is her 1st ex-husband, Bill Pentland.
Gave birth to her 4th child at age 25, a son James "Jake" Michael Pentland on June 30, 1978. Child's father is her 1st ex-husband, Bill Pentland.
Gave birth to her 5th child at age 42, a son Buck Thomas in Los Angeles, California on August 5, 1995. Child's father is her 3rd ex-husband, Ben Thomas.
She was unexpectedly terminated from starring in [Roseanne (1988)], after she posted a series of controversial remarks on her Twitter account; the posts, initially, consisted of conspiracy theories and false statements surrounding each other. Worst of all, she posted a tweet critical of [Valerie Jarrett], a Senior Advisor to former U.S. President [Barack Obama] reading about Nazis and racists. [29 May 2018].
Longtime friend of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Personal Quotes (12)

Everything that's written about me has such a negative taint. It just has a life of its own, like an avalanche, and I don't think there's anything I can do to stop it.
[from an ad she took out in "The Hollywood Reporter"] This town is a back-stabbing, scum-sucking, small-minded town, but thanks for the money.
Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.
TV family sitcoms have always been about fathers who know best and mothers who are so enchanted with everything they do. I wanted to be the first mom to be a mom on TV. I wanted to sent out a message about how us women really feel.
I have a huge crush on [President George W. Bush]. I saw him at a recent fundraiser, and he's a babe. He's got that Ronald Reagan charm. I think he's hot. I respect his wife, but if he wasn't married I'd be putting on my cowboy boots and coming around.
I used to want to be a movie star so I wouldn't have to live in trailers anymore. And now that I make movies, I spend a lot of my life living in trailers.
[interview with Edgar Arce, 2004] Well it's been a few years now and I've done some crazy stuff, you know . . . but I reconnected with what made me famous, with that show and that family, and I went back to my stand-up where I can be myself completely.
Since I had my gastric bypass surgery in 1998, I eat like a bird. Unfortunately, that bird is a California condor.
We found a form of birth control that really works. Every night before we go to bed, we spend an hour with our kids.
[from an ad she placed in the Hollywood Reporter] This town is a back-stabbing, scum-sucking, small-minded town, but thanks for the money.
It's not just Bill Cosby. Some of the biggest comics, males, are doing some terrible things. And they're about to get busted. (...) It's Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can't tell you - I've heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it's just par for the course. It's just shit women have to put up with. [Oct. 2017]
I do what I do, sometimes just to see people's reactions, sometimes to make people think.

Salary (1)

Roseanne (1988) $500,000 /episode

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