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O'Donnell, Rosie (b. 1962)  
 
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O'Donnell began dating Michelle Rounds, an executive-search consultant, in summer 2011. On December 5, 2011, during a break in the taping of The Rosie Show, O'Donnell announced to her studio audience that she and Rounds were engaged. The couple married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9, 2012.

In August 2012, O'Donnell suffered a heart attack. She says she saved her life by taking an aspirin and going to a hospital, where it was determined that an artery was 99 percent blocked and a stent was inserted.

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O'Donnell is a notably generous philanthropist, rumored to have given away as much as 100 million dollars, primarily to child advocacy organizations, foundations, and projects.

Geoffrey W. Bateman

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arts >> Overview:  American Television, Talk Shows

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social sciences >> Overview:  Children of GLBTQ Parents

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arts >> Overview:  Film Actors: Lesbian

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social sciences >> Overview:  Outing

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social sciences >> Overview:  Parenting

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arts >> Batt, Bryan

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One of the first primetime television actors to come out publicly as a gay person, Amanda Bearse has developed a second career as a film and television director and has become an outspoken advocate of gay visibility.

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Comedian Kate Clinton has been comfortably open about her lesbianism from the beginning of her career in the entertainment field.

arts >> Harris, Sam

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    Bibliography
   

Goodman, Gloria. The Life and Humor of Rosie O'Donnell: A Biography. New York: William Morrow, 1998.

Hunter, Carson. "Rosie by Any Other Name." Girlfriends (June 2001): 18-19, 42-43.

Nordlinger, Jay. "Rosie O'Donnell, Political Activist." National Review (June 19, 2000): 33-36.

O'Donnell, Rosie. Find Me. New York: Warner Books, 2002.

Raphael, Rebecca. "Rosie's Story: O'Donnell Talks About Being a Gay Mom." ABCNews.com (4 April 2002): http://abcnews.go.com/sections/primetime/ABCNEWSSpecials/primetime_020313_rosiegayadoption_feature.html

Tauber, Michelle. "Oh By the Way--" People Weekly (March 18, 2002): 80-84.

 

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    Author: Bateman, Geoffrey W.  
    Entry Title: O'Donnell, Rosie  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated August 28, 2012  
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