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Name: Roseanne Cherrie Barr                                                               
Born: 3 November 1952 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.                                       
Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an Emmy Award-winning American           
comedian, actress and writer. At times in her career she has also been known as           
"Roseanne Arnold" and "Roseanne Thomas". On the opening credits of one final-season       
episode of her TV show, she was credited as "Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold               
Thomas". For several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, she was known               
simply as Roseanne, but by 2005 had resumed referring to herself by her maiden           
name, Roseanne Barr.                                                                     
The eldest of four children, she was born in Salt Lake City to a working-class           
Jewish family. Her mother, Helen (nee Davis), was a bookkeeper and cashier, and           
her father, Jerome Hershel Jerry Barr, worked in sales as a door-to-door                 
salesman of household goods. Barr's grandparents and great-grandparents                   
were immigrants from Kiev, Russia, Lithuania and Austria-Hungary, and her                 
paternal grandfather changed his surname from "Borisofsky" to "Barr" upon                 
entering the United States. Barr's parents kept their Jewish heritage                     
secret from their neighbors, and thus were partially involved in The Church of           
Jesus Christ Of Later Day Saints, and Barr has stated that "Friday, Saturday,             
and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and                 
Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons"; her Jewish upbringing was influenced by             
her devoutly Orthodox Jewish maternal grandmother.                                       
Barr married Bill Pentland on February 4, 1974, and they had three children,             
Jennifer, Jessica, and Jacob. In 1971, prior to marriage and while residing in           
Denver, Roseanne had a daughter named Brandi Brown for whom she arranged an               
adoption. In 1989 Roseanne located and met Brandi. Immediately, Brandi moved to           
L.A. and began working for Roseanne. Brandi and Roseanne remain very close.               
Roseanne became famous in the early 1980s with her stand-up comedy routine,               
receiving critical acclaim for her unglamorized portrayal of the typical                 
American working-class housewife. In her routine she coined the now well-known           
phrase, "domestic goddess," to refer to a homemaker or housewife. The success of         
her act led to her own series on ABC, called Roseanne. The show ran from 1988 to         
1997, and co-starred Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman. Roseanne               
herself also won an Emmy for her part in the show. In 1997, after the end of her         
sitcom's run, she portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in a production of The           
Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden.                                                   
She went on to host her own talk show, The Roseanne Show which ran for two years         
before it was canceled in 2000. In the summer of 2003, she took on the dual role         
of hosting a cooking show (called Domestic Goddess) and starring in a reality             
show (called The Real Roseanne Show) about hosting a cooking show, although food         
poisoning and an emergency appendectomy brought a premature end to both projects.         
In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy, touring the world. In February 2006,           
Roseanne performed her first-ever live dates in Europe as part of the Leicester           
Comedy Festival in Leicester, England. The shows took place at De Montfort Hall.         
She also released her first kids' DVD, Rockin' with Roseanne: Calling All Kids,           
that same month.                                                                         
Roseanne's return to the stage culminated in an HBO Comedy Special Roseanne Barr:         
Blonde N Bitchin', which aired November 4, 2006, on HBO. Two nights earlier,             
Roseanne returned to prime-time network TV with a guest spot on NBC's My Name Is         
Earl, playing a wacky nun.                                                               
Roseanne has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6767 Hollywood Blvd.                 
On January 11, 2007, TV Land announced that Roseanne will be the host of season           
three of The Search for the Funniest Mom in America on Nick @ Nite. The show             
aired in spring 2007. She has also signed on to host a daily radio talk show on           
KCAA in the Los Angeles area.                                                             
It has been rumored that Roseanne will return to television and ABC with a               
recurring role on season 4 of Desperate Housewives.