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Rosie O’Donnell



Biography

Through the years, Rosie O’Donnell has served as America’s best friend and a special inspiration to people of all ages. She was host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and multiple Emmy Award®-winning nationally syndicated variety talk series The Rosie O’Donnell Show, did two co-host stints on ABC’s The View, and hosted the critically acclaimed Sirius/XM show, Rosie Radio.

On the big screen, O’Donnell has starred in A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Another Stakeout, The Flintstones, Exit To Eden, Now and Then, Beautiful Girls, Harriet the Spy, and Wide Awake, to name a few. Her stage credits include the Broadway productions of Grease, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, Love, Loss and What I Wore, and the Encores! production of No, No, Nanette. O’Donnell produced the musical Taboo on Broadway and most recently produced the stage show, MotherStruck! at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.

O’Donnell has been featured on several prominent TV series including Will & Grace, Curb Your Enthusiasm, All My Children, Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Sesame Street, Queer as Folk, The Nanny, The Larry Sanders Show, Nip/Tuck, Happily Divorced, and Web Therapy to name a few. In 2009, O’Donnell executive co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the Lifetime Original film America. O’Donnell recently had a recurring role as foster care mentor Rita Hendricks on ABC Family’s The Fosters, and appeared on the hit CBS show Mom. O’Donnell can currently be seen starring in Showtime’s hit series SMILF, which returns for a second season this month.

With a strong passion for documentary storytelling and the never-ending search for truth, O’Donnell has partnered with HBO on several projects. She was the co-executive producer of Rosie’s Family Cruise, A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration, and Don’t Divorce Me. O’Donnell received critical acclaim with her 2015 HBO documentary Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up, in which she took a light-hearted approach to sharing personal details of her heart attack and recovery, raising awareness for the rarely discussed, yet massive issue of women’s heart health.

O’Donnell has also shared her gift for writing with the release of her books Find Me (2002), Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game) (2007), and Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U (2008).

As a tireless crusader for children, O’Donnell established the Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation, which has awarded more than $30 million dollars in grants to over 1,500 child-related non-profit organizations to benefit low-income families across the country. Rosie’s Theater Kids provides free in-school, after-school, and summer instruction in musical theater to the public school children of New York. O’Donnell achieved an incredible milestone in philanthropy when she was awarded the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2014 Tony Awards® for her dedication, commitment, and unconditional generosity towards arts education and New York City’s public schools. Rosie’s Theater Kids just received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House, given by First Lady Michelle Obama.
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