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Roseanne Barr

Barr in Maui at the Hard Rock Cafe in January 2010
Personal information
Birth nameRoseanne Cherrie Barr
Birth dateNovember 3, 1952(age 64)
Place of birthSalt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
ResidenceBig Island, Hawaii, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer, director
Years active1985 present
Spouse-Bill Pentland-1974-1990
-Tom Arnold (actor)-Tom Arnold-1990-1994
-Ben Thomas-1995-2002
PartnerJohnny Argent (2003 present)
Children3 daughters, 2 sons

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Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the sitcom Roseanne. The show was a hit and lasted nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. She won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the show. Barr had crafted a "fierce working-class domestic goddess" persona in the eight years preceding her sitcom and wanted to do a realistic show about a strong mother who was not a victim of patriarchal consumerism.

The granddaughter of European and Russian immigrants, Barr was the oldest of four children in a working-class Jewish Salt Lake City family who were also active in the LDS Church. In 1974 she married Bill Pentland, with whom she had three children, before divorcing in 1990 and marrying comedian Tom Arnold for four years. Controversy arose when she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" off-key at a 1990 nationally aired baseball game, followed by spitting and grabbing her crotch.

After her sitcom ended, she launched her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which aired from 1998 to 2000. In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour. In 2011, she began starring in an unscripted TV show, Roseanne's Nuts, about her life on a Hawaiian farm.

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