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Roseanne Barr

Highest Rated:   86% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000)
Lowest Rated:   14% Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Birthday:   Not Available
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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, Roseanne 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, Roseanne had become one of the most popular standup acts in Denver, and in 1983 she 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 bodyguard 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 frowzy 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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% Roseanne for President!
  • Executive Producer
$3.8k 2016
No Score Yet Looking For Lenny
  • Actor
2012
28% Slacker Uprising
  • Actor
2008
60% Heckler
  • Actor
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet My Name is Jackie Beat
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rockin' with Roseanne - Calling All Kids!
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Goodnight, We Love You: The Life and Legend of Phyllis Diller
  • Actor
2004
54% Home on the Range
  • Maggie
$49.9M 2004
33% 15 Minutes
  • Herself
$24.2M 2001
53% Cecil B. Demented
  • Herself
2000
86% The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Actor
2000
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Herself
1997
43% Blue in the Face
  • Dot
1995
79% Unzipped
  • Actor
1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Madame Zoe
1994
No Score Yet The Woman Who Loved Elvis
  • Joyce Jackson
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Backfield in Motion
  • Nancy Seavers
1991
20% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • Childless Woman--Ethel
1991
17% Look Who's Talking, Too
  • Julie
1990
41% She-Devil
  • Ruth Patchett
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
52% Cristela
2014-2015
  • Veronica
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
47% The Millers
2013-2015
  • Darla
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Carla Fern
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Roseanne's Nuts
2011
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Reality cast member
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2005
  • 1994
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Roseanne Conner Roseanne
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988

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