Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Season 7 |
Aired: September 9, 2001

Brash, loud, raw, “trailer trash”, powerful, talented. These are just some of the words that have been used to describe the one and only Roseanne. Born on November 3, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah, she combined her blue-collar upbringing with her quick, caustic wit and humor to get laughs. Originally just known as a wise-cracking waitress, soon she was wowing audiences on the comedy club circuit. It was here that Roseanne fine-tuned her famous characterization of the frumpy, controlling, acid-tongued “Domestic Goddess”. It was this routine that would become the basis of her innovative and highly successful ABC sitcom Roseanne. The show focused on the problems and issues that arise in an average working-class family. The struggles they faced were real and not always solved. Many times, the issues raised on the show were taken from what was going on in Roseanne's personal life. It was during the show that Roseanne married and took the last name of actor Tom Arnold. After a stormy and much publicized divorce, she dropped his name and billed herself simply as Roseanne. Though she is best known for her comedy and television work, Roseanne starred opposite Meryl Streep in the 1987 comedy She-Devil. The film was both a critical and financial disappointment. Since then her film roles have been limited to cameo and guest appearances. In 1998, Roseanne was the host of her own daytime talk show that lasted two seasons. Roseanne has always been the target of critics for her outrageous antics and “in-your-face” approach to life and her career. It's been Roseanne's determination and strong will that has allowed her to overcome adversity and become one of Hollywood's most powerful and successful female television stars.

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