Birth Name: Rosie O'Donnell
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA
Born March 21, 1962 into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island, O'Donnell was the middle of five children. Her mother died when she was 10 years old - a devastating event that would inform almost every aspect of her adult life. As with all good clowns, O'Donnell channeled her pain into comedy, developing her brazen, unabashed style while still a Long Island high school student. She dropped out of college, opting for the less-than-glamorous life of the stand-up circuit. Honing her craft further on the road, she went on to make her TV debut on "Star Search" in 1984, winning the syndicated show's comedy competition five times by decade's end. After making her series debut as Nell Car...
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