Roseanne Barr, one of America's funniest comedians, has another sidethat not many people have seen. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her teenage years, she worked as a dishwasher at a localrestaurant. She married 'Bill Pentland' and they had threechildren together.
They remained married for 16 years, until Roseannefound her place as a comedian. She worked doing stand-up comedy untilher 8/23/85 appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) thrust her intothe limelight. In 1987, HBO offered her a show of her own, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show (1987) (TV) . It was canceledafter a short time. In 1989, Roseanne starred opposite'Meryl Streep' and 'Ed Begley Jr.
' in She-Devil (1989) . Though her first picture wasn't as successfulas she might have hoped, her sitcom, "Roseanne" (1988) , ran for 9seasons seasons on ABC. During the show, Roseanne fell in love withfellow cast member 'Tom Arnold (I)' and divorced her husband Billafter 16 years of marriage in order to marry Arnold. After 4 years, Roseanne and Arnold divorced. Ratings on her TV show werealso down.
On Valentine's Day 1995, Roseanne married former bodyguard'Ben Thomas (I)' . The marriage lasted until 2002. In 1996, she wasnominated for a Golden Globe Award and won, but she was not there toaccept it. After "Roseanne" (1988) was canceled, she went onBroadway to play "The Wicked Witch of the West" in "The Wizard of Oz"to rave reviews. Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actresses.
She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a caraccident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she washaving nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than ayear later. Soon after, she gave birth to her first daughter, BrandiBrown, and gave her up for adoption. She began working at a restaurantas a dishwasher and waitress.
Her hilarious comments to the customersshe waited on led her to doing standup comedy at the restaurant. Afterher first TV appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) in 1985, shewound up in her own standup comedy HBO show, On Location: The Roseanne Barr Show (1987) (TV) . This led to thehighly popular sitcom "Roseanne" (1988) , co-starring'John Goodman (I)' , which dealt with real-life issues in a lowermiddle-class working family. During its first season on ABC, it leapedto #2. After the sitcom's first season, Roseanne Barr gained notorietywhen she gave a screeching, crotch-grabbing performance of "The StarSpangled Banner" at a baseball game.
When Roseanne divorced her firsthusband, Bill Pentland , after 16 years of marriage in 1990 andmarried "Roseanne" (1988) co-star 'Tom Arnold (I)' onlyfour days later, her sitcom was already beginning its downward spiral. In 1991, she started to be billed as Roseanne Arnold. Around this time, she began to claim that she, as well as her siblings,had been physically and sexually abused as a child. Both her siblingsand parents denied the charges, and lie detector tests used onRoseanne's parents came back with negative results. The court battlesled to 10 years of estrangement with her parents and siblings.
Her marriage with Arnold lasted four years before she filed for divorcefrom him for physical abuse and domestic violence. They proceeded tohave one of the bitterest divorces Hollywood had ever seen. To thisday, it is still not known if the accusations were true. Although shestill insisted that he hit her, she admits that he never abused herthree children from her previous marriage: Jessica, Jennifer, and JacobPentland. At that point, she had still not been reunited with herdaughter Brandi Brown, whom she gave up for adoption when Roseanne was17.
Luckily, 'Tom Arnold (I)' 's exit from "Roseanne" happened towardsthe end of the sixth season, allowing the show to have an almost smoothending. However, after the sixth season of "Roseanne" (1988) ,the plots started to run dry and ratings began to drop. During theseason following her divorce, she insisted on being billed as simply"Roseanne. " Shortly after her bitter divorce with Arnold, she marriedbodyguard 'Benjamin Thomas (I)' . With Thomas, she had her tubal ligation surgery reversed in order tobecome pregnant with her fifth child, Buck Thomas.
In 1997, she slowlytried to be known as "Roseanne Thomas. " She was billed as RoseanneThomas in the last few episodes of Roseanne (as executive producer;she was still "Roseanne" in the cast credits), and she guest-starred in "The Nanny" (1993) as Roseanne Thomas in late 1997. In 2002, she filed for divorce against Thomas for the second time (thefirst time, in 1998, she dropped the suit), accusing him of beingdisturbed and claiming that he threatened to run off with their son. After the divorce, she began to study the Kabballah, a form of Jewishmysticism, and those around her said she became amazingly centered andstable. Two years later, she ended the feud with her parents andsiblings and went back to being billed as Roseanne Barr.
Today, Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold Thomas spends her time with her now8-year-old son, Buck, and her other children in her new home in ElSegundo, California. .
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|2||Alexis Arquette: Shes My Brother||2007||as Herself|
|3||Amnesty Internationals Big 30||1991||as Herself|
|4||Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class||2005||as Herself|
|5||Even Cowgirls Get the Blues||1993||as Madame Zoe|
|6||Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration of Life||1997||as Herself|
|7||Hollywoods Most Powerful Women||1995||as Herself|
|8||Johnny Carsons 29th Anniversary||1991||as Herself|
|9||One on One with Magic Johnson||1994||as Herself|
|10||Oz: The American Fairyland||1997||as The Wicked Witch of the West|
|11||Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip||2001||as Herself|
|12||Televisions Christmas Classics||1994||as Herself|
|13||The 15th Annual Peoples Choice Awards||1989||as Herself - Winner: Favourite Female Performer in New Television Series and Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Series|
|14||The 16th Annual Peoples Choice Awards||1990||as Herself - Winner|
|15||The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards||2005||as Herself|
|16||The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards||1992||as Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series & Co- Presenter: Best Directing/Best Supporting Actress in Comedy Series|
|17||The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards||1994||as Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|18||The 6th Annual TV Land Awards||2008||as Herself|
|19||The Woman Who Loved Elvis||1993||as Joyce Jackson|
|20||Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2||1992||as Herself|
|21||Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3||1993||as Herself|
|22||America in Primetime||2011||as Herself/Roseanne Conner, Roseanne|
|23||Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top||2003||as Herself|
|24||Inside the Actors Studio||1994||as Herself - Guest|
|25||Late Show with David Letterman||1993||as Herself|
|26||Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett & Sandra Bernhard||2005||as Herself|
|27||Roseanne||1988||as Roseanne Conner/Ann Marie/Jeannie/Mary Richards|
|28||Saturday Night Live||1975||as Herself - Host/Annie Wilkes/Various|
|29||Saturday Night Special||1996||as Herself - Host|
|30||The 90s: The Last Great Decade?||2014||as Herself|
|31||The Jackie Thomas Show||1992||as Roseanne Conner|
|32||The Joy Behar Show||2009||as Herself - Guest Host|
|33||The OReilly Factor||1996||as Herself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")|
|34||The Tipping Point||2009||as Herself - Host (2009)|
|35||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||1992||as Herself|
|36||100 Greatest Stand-Ups||2007||as Herself|
|37||101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment||2003||as Herself - #84 Roseanne Butchers the National Anthem|
|38||101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments||2004||as Herself|
|39||15 Minutes||2001||as Herself|
|40||1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards||1995||as Herself|