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Rosie O'Donnell

Highest Rated:   100% Everything Is Copy (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
  • 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
88% 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
  • Executive Producer
  • Beth
2005
No Score Yet Pursuit of Equality
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Funny Ladies
  • Actor
2004
59% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Octopus Masseuse
2000
71% Get Bruce
  • Herself
1999
88% Tarzan
  • Terk
1999
39% Wide Awake
  • Sister Terry
1998
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Elmopalooza!
  • Actor
1998
43% The Twilight of the Golds
  • Jackie
1997
52% A Very Brady Sequel
  • Herself
1996
48% Harriet the Spy
  • Catherine Golly
1996
79% Beautiful Girls
  • Gina
1996
24% Now and Then
  • Roberta Martin
1995
6% Exit to Eden
  • Sheila
1994
21% The Flintstones
  • Betty Rubble
1994
61% I'll Do Anything
  • Makeup
1994
0% Car 54, Where Are You?
  • Lucille Toody
1994
19% Fatal Instinct
  • Pet Store Owner
1993
14% Another Stakeout
  • Gina Garrett
1993
72% Sleepless in Seattle
  • Becky
1993
77% A League of Their Own
  • Doris Murphy
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Del Martin
  • 2017
83% Match Game
2016
  • Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • Rita Rita Hendricks
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
86% 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
  • Host (2006-2007)
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
68% Smash
2012-2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • Katie
  • 2012
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Maxine DeMaine
  • 2012
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2011
  • 2010
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Herself Rosie O'Donnell
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Herself Rosie O'Donnell
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2005
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2008
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Dawn Budge
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Bonnie
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Dr. Hooper
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1996
  • 1993
No Score Yet Bomb Girls
2012-2013
  • Dottie Shannon
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer

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