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Roseanne Barr        

Stand-up Comedian; Star of ABC's "Roseanne"

Roseanne Cherrie Barr, one of America's most watched sitcom stars during the late 1980s and '90s, was born on November 3, 1952, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Bill Pentland in 1974, and the couple had three children.

Turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a stand-up comedy act, Roseanne Barr began performing at local clubs. Audiences responded to her "domestic goddess" routine and she got bigger gigs and made friends such as comics as Sam Kenison. She started making appearances on The Tonight Show in the mid-1980s.

In 1988, Roseanne became a television star with her own sitcom, "Roseanne." Her realistic depiction of a tough, but tender, wise-cracking mom struck a cord with viewers.

In 1992, Roseanne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her work on "Roseanne," she received three Emmy Award nominations, each in the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series category, before finally winning the award in 1995. The series also earned her a Golden Globe, a Kids' Choice Award and three American Comedy Awards.

In addition to the show, Roseanne lent her talents to several feature films from the late 1980s through the early 2000s. She starred in "She-Devil," opposite Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr., and appeared in "Freddy's Dead," "Blue in the Face" and "Meet Wally Sparks." She also voiced a baby girl in "Look Who's Talking Too" and a cow in "Home on the Range." Roseanne wrote two books about her life and career experiences: "Roseanne: My Life as a Woman" and "My Lives."

For almost a decade, viewers tuned in each week to catch the adventures of the Conners. After Roseanne ended in 1997, Roseanne tackled a number of projects, including her own talk show, "The Roseanne Show," which ran from 1998 to 2000. She then returned to her stand-up roots with a HBO comedy special, Roseanne Barr: Blonde N Bitchin', in 2006. That same year, she released her first kids' DVD, "Rockin' with Roseanne: Calling All Kids."

In 2007, Roseanne was chosen to host "The Search for the Funniest Mom in America" on Nick at Nite. In March 2009, it was announced that Roseanne would be returning to primetime with a new sitcom. That same year, she began co-hosting a one-hour, politically focused show on KPFK.

Roseanne released "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm," her third book, in 2011. That same year, she returned to the small screen with the debut of "Roseanne's Nuts" on the Lifetime network. The show, which Roseanne also executive produced, ran from July to September 2011, and followed Roseanne as she ran a nut farm in Hawaii.

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