Celeb: Roseanne Barr
Well look at that, from middle-aged, brunette and obese, to old, grey and obese. Wow, how does that happen? To be sure Roseanne Barr has had a long run of television and stand-up comic success. In fact the first time I saw Roseanne was on a late night talk show (don’t ask me which one) where she gave a hilarious schtick about her weight and nasty eating habits, a self-aggrandizing sketch a la John Pinette. She got her big break in 1987 with her own hit show Roseanne. She won several awards for the program that lasted 9 seasons. After the show ended she began her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which tanked after only 2 seasons. She appeared in sitcoms such as Third Rock from the Sun, The Nanny and My Name is Earl. In 1990 in a spectacular display of vulgarity, Roseanne sang the national American anthem at a baseball game off-key, spitting and grabbing at her crotch. In 1990 Roseanne gave an interview to People Magazine in which she described herself as an incest survivor. Her mother and sister denied the allegations. To see a clip from Roseanne click here. To see Roseanne’s interview with Oprah Winfrey click here. To see a clip from The Roseanne Show click here.
Roseanne has been married three times, most notably to Tom Arnold, also an actor and comedian. Their marriage lasted only 4 years and did not produce any children.
That’s where it gets raunchy.
Aside from mangling the American anthem, Roseanne’s accusation of incest and physical abuse against her parents were suspect. In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show Roseanne made the ridiculous statement, “I was in a very unhappy relationship and I was prescribed numerous psychiatric drugs… to deal with the fact that I had some mental illness… I totally lost touch with reality… (and) I didn’t know what the truth was… I just wanted to drop a bomb on my family,” yet she insisted that not everything she said was “made up.”
Roseanne reconciled with her mother after a 12-year estrangment.
Comeback Grade: B for what a load of Bull about that abuse thing
Rosanne’s Facebook Fans: 4,626 – washed up