Roseann "Rosie" '''O'Donnell''' (born March 21, 1962) is an American comedian, actress, author and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations.
O'Donnell started her comedy career while still a teenager and her big break was on the talent show ''Star Search'' in 1984. A TV sitcom and a series of movies introduced her to a larger national audience and in 1996 she started hosting ''The Rosie O'Donnell Show'' which won multiple Emmy awards.
During her years on ''The Rosie O'Donnell Show'', she wrote her first book, a memoir called ''Find Me'' and developed the nickname "Queen Of Nice" as well as a reputation for philanthropic efforts. She used the book's $3 million advance to establish her own For All Kids foundation and promoted other charity projects encouraging other celebrities on her show to also take part. O'Donnell came out, stating "I'm a dyke!" two months before finishing her talk show run, saying that her primary reason was to bring attention to gay adoption issues. O'Donnell is a foster—and adoptive—mother. Since coming out, she has continued to support many LGBT causes and issues.
In 2006, O'Donnell became a moderator on ''The View''. O'Donnell's strong opinions resulted in several notable controversies including an on-air dispute regarding the Bush administration's policies with the Iraq War, resulting in a mutual agreement to cancel her contract. In 2007, O'Donnell released her second memoir, ''Celebrity Detox'', which focuses on her struggles with fame and her time at ''The View''. She continues to do charity work and remains involved with LGBT and family-related issues.
From 2009 to 2011, O'Donnell hosted ''Rosie Radio'' on Sirius XM Radio. In 2011, O'Donnell signed on with the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to return to daytime TV with ''The Rosie Show''. The OWN Network cancelled the show due to low ratings on March 16, 2012, and the last show aired on March 29, 2012.
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