Roseanne Barr (born on November 3, 1952) is an American actress, writer, talk-show host, and comedian. She was born Roseanne Cherrie Barr in Salt Lake City to a family of Jewish refugees. At times in her career she has been known as Roseanne, Roseanne Arnold and Roseanne Thomas.
She married Bill Pentland on February 4, 1974, and they had three children (Roseanne had a daughter prior to marriage, whom she gave up for adoption, but this daughter is now back in her life). While taping her show she fell in love with fellow actor Tom Arnold and in January of 1990 she divorced Pentland and married Arnold. Four years later this marriage also ended in divorce. She married Ben Thomas on Valentine's Day in 1995 and they had one son, Buck Thomas. In 1998 she sued Thomas for divorce, claiming he had threatened to kidnap their son. The Thomas family later made up and she dropped the charges, but they divorced in 2002.
In a 1991 People magazine interview, she claimed to have been an incest survivor, accusing both parents of physical and sexual abuse, charges which they have publicly denied.
Roseanne became famous in the early 1980s with her stand-up comedy routine, which received significant critical acclaim for its unglamorized portrayal of the typical American middle-class housewife. It was during this routine that she also coined the now well-known phrase "Domestic goddess," referring to a homemaker. This 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.
A year after the end of her sitcom's run in 1997, she went on to host her own talk show, The Roseanne Show. The show 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 an illness and emergency hysterectomy brought a premature end to both projects.
In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy, touring the world. Her first kids' DVD, Rockin' with Roseanne: Calling All Kids, was released in February 2006. She has stated that she is working her way up to another HBO comedy special.
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.
Roseanne will open for Cici Pham during Pham's comedy tour of Asia.