Biography of Rosie O’Donnell

Early Years

Roseann Teresa O’Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, in Bayside, Queens, New York, to parents Edward O’Donnell and Roseann Murtha, who later succumbed to breast cancer at age 38 while Rosie was only ten years old. After her mother’s death, Rosie sought comfort in movies and television shows, finding idols and role models in Lucille Ball, Barbra Streisand, Carol Bumett and Bette Midler.

Rosie attended Commack High School, and was voted homecoming queen, prom queen, senior class president and class clown before graduating in 1980. It was during high school that she began exploring her interest in comedy, beginning with a skit performed in front of her school, in which he imitated Gilda Radner’s character Roseanne Rosannadanna. After leaving high school, Rosie attended Dickinson College briefly, before later transferring to Boston University and then ultimately, dropping out of college.


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