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Outspoken comedienne Rosie O'Donnell first made a name for herself with her Long Island-accented stand-up and later as the affable star of films and, most notably, her popular daytime television talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996-2002). Just before leaving her cushy TV gig, the comic came out of the closet, revealing both her homosexuality and a whole other side to her "Queen of Nice" personality. Taking on everything from the NRA to the President of the United States to the government of the Bahamas, O'Donnell let the fur fly, speaking her mind as she had always done - only this time, without the restrictions of her talk show persona. Fans delighted when O'Donnell returned to daytime television on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) in 2006, resulting in skyrocketing ratings immediately upon her arrival. After a single, stormy season on "The View" - encompassing an escalating war of words with media-loving tycoon Donald Trump, and culminating with an on-air dust up with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck - O'Donnell departed the show abruptly in April of 2007. In the years following her exit from "The View," O'Donnell published a tell-all memoir Celebrity Detox, continued her popular video blog, "JaHeRo" on her rosie.com website, and hosted "Rosie Radio" on Sirius XM satellite radio. Unceasingly passionate, always opinionated, and frequently controversial, O'Donnell never failed to both inspire and irritate the public at large.
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Made professional debut as comedian at the local Ground Round restaurant's open-mike night at age 16
Made TV debut on the syndicated series "Star Search"; won the comedy competition five times by decade's end
Made TV series debut as Nell Carter's dental-hygenist neighbor on "Gimme a Break" (NBC)
Produced and hosted VH1's half-hour series "Stand Up Spotlight"
Starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Stand By Your Man"
Made feature acting debut in Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own"
Joined Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the sequel "Another Stakeout"
Played Meg Ryan's best buddy in "Sleepless in Seattle"
Offered a bright performance in Garry Marshall's "Exit to Eden" as half of a team of undercover cops
Made Broadway debut as Rizzo in a revival of the musical "Grease"
Played Betty Rubble in the live-action feature version of "The Flintstones"
Delivered memorable role in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"
Hosted the daily syndicated talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"; also served as executive producer
Served as host for the annual Tony Awards telecast on CBS for two consecutive years
Portrayed a baseball-loving nun in M. Night Shyamalan's "Wide Awake"
Hosted "The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards"
Supplied the voice of Terkoz for Disney's animated "Tarzan"
Became the editorial director of <i>McCall's</i> magazine; retitled it <i>Rosie</i> in 2001; ceased publication at the end of 2002
Assumed role of the Cat in the Hat in the Broadway musical "Seussical" while originator David Shiner was on vacation
Narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary "Artists and Orphans: A True Drama"
Played a lesbian on an episode of "Will & Grace" (NBC) only a month before she officially 'came out'
Published her memoir <i>Find Me</i>
Resigned from daytime television and returned to doing stand-up
Severed her connection with Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing and resigned from the <i>Rosie</i> Magazine
Co-starred as a developmentally disabled woman opposite Andie MacDowell in the CBS movie "Riding the Bus With My Sister"; directed by Anjelica Huston
Cast in the role of Golde, the wife of Harvey Fierstein's 'Tevye the milkman' in the Broadway revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof"
Helmed the documentary film "Aboard: Rosie's Family Cruise," about R. Family Vacations, the gay cruise that was started by O'Donnell and her partner (aired on HBO)
Announced as the replacement for Meredith Viera on "The View" (ABC)
Returned to daytime TV as co-host of "The View" (ABC), left the show in 2007 and was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg
Released her second memoir <i>Celebrity Detox</i>
Hosted a daily radio show for Sirius XM Radio in the fall
Guest starred on the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva"
Announced return to television with her talk show "The Rosie Show" on Oprah Winfrey's eponymous cable network OWN; premiered in 2011 and cancelled after five-month run in March 2012 due to low ratings
Left the show "The View" for the second time
Played Rita Hendricks on "The Fosters"
Played a gym teacher on "Hairspray Live!"
Began playing Tutu on "SMILF"