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Who is Rosie O'Donnell?

Rosie O'Donnell is an American comedian, producer, actress, author, and television personality, who got her first recognition as a teenager on the television series, "Star Search" in 1984. Rosie won several Daytime Emmy Awards for hosting her own syndicated daytime talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" which she ran for 1996 till 2002. 

Rosie even endured a controversial run while working with "The View" and a public feud with President Donald Trump and on-air disputes regarding the Bush administration's policies with the Iraq War. She also starred on the Showtime comedy series, "SMILF" from 2017 till 2019. 

O'Donnell is also an opinionated talk show host known for her New York accent and sarcastic delivery. She has also been an outspoken advocate for lesbian rights and gay adoption issues. She was even named as the "Person of the Year" by The Advocate in 2002. Besides, Rosie is quite active in social media sites with over followers on her Instagram.

Rosie O'Donnell Early Life

Rosie O'Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, in Commack, New York, United States. Her birth name is Roseann O'Donnell. Her nationality is American. Rosie belongs to ethnicity while it is her zodiac sign. 

Rosie was born as the third child in a well-to-do family to  Roseann Teresa(mother) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell(father). Her father, Edward was an electrical engineer who worked in the defense industry while her Irish American mother, Roseann was a homemaker, who died due to breast cancer 4 days before Rosie's 11th birthday on March 17, 1973. 

She was raised Roman Catholic in her hometown, Commack, along with her four siblings including her older brother Daniel J. O'Donnell, who now is a member of the New York State Assembly. 

Rosie attended Commack High School during which she was quite popular as she was even voted the homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president, and class clown. She developed an interest in comedy during those time as she even did a skit performed in front of the school in which she imitated Gilda Radner's character Roseanne Roseannadanna.

She graduated from high school in 1980 after which she joined Dickinson College, however, she later got transferred to Boston University before ultimately dropping out of college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. 

She began touring as a stand-up comedian at the age of 16 from 1979 till 1984 during which she encountered Ed McMahon's daughter who asked for her number thinking Rosie to be funny and finally got her first big break on Star Search.

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Rosie O'Donnell Relationship History

Rosie O'Donnell and Kelli Carpenter

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Rosie O'Donnell is a lesbian who first got married to Kelli Carpenter on February 26, 2004. Kellis is a former Nickelodeon marketing executive with whom she got married in San Francisco two weeks after the marriage licenses to same-sex couples were granted. Her action of getting married to Carpenter was against then-U.S. President George W. Bush over his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment.  

Rosie O'Donnell adopted her first child, Parker Jaren O'Donnell, as an infant in 1995 later in 2011, Carpenter adopted him in 2011. They together have four children together: Chelsea Belle O'Donnell(b. 1997), Blake Christopher O'Donnell(b. 1999), Vivienne Rose O'Donnell(b. to Carpenter in 2002 through artificial insemination) including Parker. Chelsea went on missing from their home along with her dog, Bear in August 2015 after investigation, she was found a week later in Barnegat, New Jersey with a 25-year-old man she met on Tinder. 

However, in November 2009, it was announced that Carpenter had moved out of their home in 2007, as their relationship was officially ended in 2004. 

In mid-2011, O'Donnell began dating 40-year-old executive-search consultant Michelle Rounds and eventually got married on June 9, 2012, in a private ceremony in New York. They even adopted a baby girl named Dakota on January 9, 2013, however, their relation also didn't last long as they parted away in November 2012 and got divorced in 2015. Rounds died committing suicide on September 15, 2017. 

Besides, Rosie suffered a staph infection in 2000 and even suffered a heart attack in mid-August 2012. Also, she was named The Advocate's 2002 Person of the Year and in May 2003, she became a regular contributor to the magazine and is also a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family Vacations.

Rosie O’Donnell Biography and Relationship History

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