Rosie O'Donnell

Highest Rated: 100% Everything Is Copy (2016)
Birthday: Mar 21, 1962
Birthplace: Bayside, Queens, New York, USA
No one could have predicted that brash, acerbic, and earthy standup comedienne Rosie O'Donnell would become the American sweetheart (dubbed the Queen of Nice) of daytime talk shows. She is also a veteran character actress of feature films and television. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, the third of five children in an Irish family, O'Donnell's father was the primary caretaker after her mother passed away from cancer when the comedienne was just ten. An avowed television freak, her favorite shows were Merv Griffin and The Mike Douglas Show, both of which would inspire her own talk show decades later. Inspired by Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand, O'Donnell dreamed of becoming a performer, performing on stage for the first time at age 16. Despite the trauma of losing her mother, O'Donnell grew to become a vivacious and popular teen; in her high school year book (class of 1980) she was named Homecoming Queen, Class Clown, and Personality Plus, and she was also elected Senior Class President and was a member of the student council. She participated in every class sport and was a drummer in a garage band. Following high school, she briefly attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and Boston University, but dropped out to establish herself on the live comedy circuit. After appearing in nearly every state, she successfully auditioned for Ed McMahon's television talent show Star Search and went on to become a five-time winner. In 1986, she won a recurring role as Nell Carter's neighbor on the final season of the sitcom Gimme a Break (1986). From there, O'Donnell hosted and produced a comedy showcase, Stand Up Spotlight, for VH-1. She next appeared on the Fox short-lived comedy Stand By Your Man (1992). Having established herself as a formidable funny lady, O'Donnell landed the role of tough-talking but goodhearted baseball player Doris Murphy in Penny Marshall's A League of Their Own (1992) and found herself a national star. She continued her film career with a small role as Meg Ryan's confidante in Sleepless in Seattle (1993), followed by a co-starring part opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez in Another Stakeout (1993). As the bubbly Betty Rubble, she stole the show from John Goodman and Rick Moranis in The Flintstones (1994) and she had her first flop, playing a cop who masquerades as a leather-clad dominatrix opposite Dan Aykroyd in Exit to Eden (1994). She added Broadway to her list of successes when she breathed new life into the feisty Rizzo in the revival of Grease. In 1996, she played an understanding nanny in Harriet the Spy. Though she could have continued to have steady work as an actress and live performer, O'Donnell steered her career in a different direction; capitalizing on her phenomenal popularity as a talk show guest by becoming the host of her own gab fest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, in 1996. Not wanting her program to be yet another of the exploitational, issues-oriented freak shows that characterized the 1990s, she chose to pattern hers after the afternoon talk/variety shows of old, focusing on celebrity interviews, entertaining acts, helpful household hints, and current events. Daytime audiences were hungry for what she offered and, in no time, her show became the most popular of its kind, topping even the venerable Oprah Winfrey Show. During its first three years, O'Donnell and her series garnered numerous Emmys and Emmy nominations.In 2002, after 6 years on television, The Rosie O'Donnell Show bowed, but not before its host ended long speculation by coming out as a lesbian. After leaving the show, O'Donnell transformed her persona to a passionate champion of GLBT-related causes. The adopted mother of four, she particularly focused her attention on lobbying against legal hurdles for gays and lesbians wishing to adopt.In 2005, O'Donnell appeared in her first feature role in several years, playing a mentally-disabled woman in the made-for-TV melodrama Riding the Bus with My Sister. The following year

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Words That Built America Actor 2017
60% Roseanne for President! Actor $3.8K 2016
100% Everything Is Copy Actor 2016
66% Pitch Perfect 2 Nicole Wallace $165.8M 2015
No Score Yet Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up Executive Producer Actor Screenwriter 2015
No Score Yet The Club Actor 2014
No Score Yet The (Dead Mothers) Club Actor Executive Producer 2014
95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Rosie O'Donnell $0.4M 2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo Actor 2010
No Score Yet A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O'donnell Celebration Actor 2010
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Comics On Screen Actor 2009
89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Actor 2007
77% The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch Actor 2006
40% All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise Executive Producer Actor 2006
No Score Yet Riding the Bus with My Sister Beth Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Pursuit of Equality Actor 2005
No Score Yet Funny Ladies Actor 2004
56% The Party's Over Actor 2001
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Octopus Masseuse 2000
71% Get Bruce Herself 1999
89% Tarzan Terk 1999
40% Wide Awake Sister Terry 1998
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza! Actor 1998
43% The Twilight of the Golds Jackie 1997
53% A Very Brady Sequel Herself 1996
48% Harriet the Spy Catherine Golly 1996
79% Beautiful Girls Gina 1996
28% Now and Then Roberta Martin 1995
6% Exit to Eden Sheila 1994
22% The Flintstones Betty Rubble 1994
61% I'll Do Anything Makeup 1994
0% Car 54, Where Are You? Lucille Toody 1994
18% Fatal Instinct Pet Store Owner 1993
13% Another Stakeout Gina Garrett 1993
73% Sleepless in Seattle Becky 1993
78% A League of Their Own Doris Murphy 1992

TV

CREDIT
91% SMILF
2017
Tutu
  • 2019
  • 2017
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Appearing Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2015
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
Vanessa
  • 2017
81% When We Rise
2016-2017
Del Martin
  • 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2016
86% Mom
2013
Jeanine
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
97% The Fosters
2013-2018
Rita Rita Hendricks
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
84% Empire
2015
Pepper O'Leary
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Appearing Guest Host (2006-2007) Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Impractical Jokers
2018
Appearing
  • 2013
67% Smash
2012-2013
  • 2013
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
Katie
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Maxine DeMaine
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Herself Rosie O'Donnell
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Herself Rosie O'Donnell
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2005
72% Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Little Britain USA
2008
Herself
  • 2008
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Dawn Budge
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Queer as Folk
2000-2005
Loretta Pye
  • 2005
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Judge Nancy Paul
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Bonnie
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Stationery Store Clerk
  • 2000
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Lundy
  • 2000
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Dr. Hooper
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Dennis Miller Live
1994-2002
Guest
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1996
  • 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1995
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
  • 1992
No Score Yet Bomb Girls
2012-2014
Dottie Shannon
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer

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