- NAME: Rosie O'Donnell
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Comedian, Talk Show Host
- BIRTH DATE: March 21, 1962 (Age: 51)
- Did You Know?: Rosie O'Donnell has been a long-time fan of Barbra Streisand, to the point that she sends Streisand flowers and frames every hand-written thank you letter that she receives from the singer.
- EDUCATION: Dickinson College, Boston University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Commack, New York
- Full Name: Roseann O'Donnell
- Nickname: Rosie
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Rosie O'Donnell is a comedian who made the move to the big screen with 1992's A League of Their Own, going on to co-host TV's The View.
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In 2004, O'Donnell wed longtime partner Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco, California. Carpenter changed her last name to O'Donnell, but their union was later annulled by a California court decision. The couple also enjoyed the first cruise organized by their travel business R Family Vacations, which creates holidays for gays, lesbians and their friends and families. The voyage was featured in a documentary shown on the HBO cable network.
O'Donnell returned to the daytime talk show format in 2006 when she signed on to become co-host and moderator of the ABC daytime talk show The View, replacing Meredith Vieira. Her time on the show, which also featured Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, brought strong ratings along with some controversy. She and the conservative Hasselbeck often clashed during group discussions on the show. In April 2007, O'Donnell announced that she was leaving the show a few weeks before her contract expired after a particularly heated exchange with Hasselbeck. Later that same year, she published her second memoir Celebrity Detox, which detailed her struggle with fame and her time at The View.
In 2008, O'Donnell tried to revive the variety show format on prime-time television with her Rosie Live! special. The show received low ratings despite an impressive array of guests, including Alec Baldwin and Liza Minnelli. After taking some time away from the spotlight, O'Donnell premiered her new two-hour daily talk show, Rosie Radio, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in 2009. O'Donnell returned to television with her own show on Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN, which debuted in January 2011. Unfortunately, the show failed to develop a large enough audience to stay on the air.
O'Donnell revealed in late 2009 that her relationship with Kelli had come to an end. They had separated two years earlier, but the couple remained on good terms. "What makes a family is love, and we all love each other. We're gonna stay together and take care of each other as a family unit," she explained to People magazine.
The next year, O'Donnell revealed that she was dating Texas-based artist Tracy Kachtick-Anders. The two share a passion for art and for children. Kachtick-Anders is a mother of six children. "I'm pretty content. I feel calmer than I have in a long time," O'Donnell told People magazine.
O'Donnell and Kachtick-Anders split in 2011, but O'Donnell didn't remain single for long. She started dating busines consultant Michelle Rounds that same year. The pair married in June 2012, shortly before Rounds underwent surgery to remove desmoid tumors.
O'Donnell suffered a heart attack in August 2012. Following the incident, doctors discovered a 99 percent blocked artery in her heart, into which they inserted a stent, according to the Los Angeles Times. On August 20, 2012, O'Donnell notified her fans of her heart attack through her personal blog. According to the post, she didn't call paramedics during or after the attack, which happened at her home in New York; instead, she took aspirin and made an appointment with her cardiologist for the next day.
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