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For six years, Rosie O’Donnell was America’s best friend for an hour each day as host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award winning series “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” This month, Rosie O’Donnell will reprise her role as talk show host when "The Rosie Show” launches on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, on October 10, 2011. Taped in front of a live studio audience, Rosie’s new daily talk show promises to be inspiring, thought-provoking and full of love and laughter, as it explores a wide range of interesting topics and issues.
While Rosie was increasing her popularity among the television audience, she was also making a name for herself in movies. She made her motion picture debut in Penny Marshall’s 1992 smash film “A League of Their Own” starring opposite Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. She recalls that she got the role because she was the only actress in Hollywood who could “throw a baseball from third to first base.” She also starred on the big screen in: “Sleepless in Seattle”; “Another Stakeout”; “The Flintstones”; “Exit To Eden”; “Now and Then”; “Beautiful Girls”; “Harriet the Spy”; “Wide Awake”; and was the voice of “Turk” in Walt Disney’s full-length animated motion picture, “Tarzan.”
In April 1997, Warner Books published “Kids Are Punny,” a best-selling collection of her favorite jokes sent to the show by kids, with all proceeds going to her “Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation.” Rosie also shared her gift for writing with the release of her book “Find Me,” in April 2002.
Rosie O’Donnell is known for taking her popularity and putting it to good use. As a tireless crusader for children, she established the “Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation,” in 1997. Since it started, the foundation has raised more than $60 million and awarded more than $27 million dollars in grants to over 1,400 child-related non-profit organizations to benefit low income families across the country. In 2005, Rosie established a fund to provide $3 million dollars to children and families displaced by Katrina which, among other projects built the first-ever childcare facility in a FEMA housing site, at Renaissance Village in Louisiana. In 2003, Rosie established “Rosie’s Broadway Kids,” a program that provides free in-school, after-school and summer instruction in musical theater to the public school children of New York. In February 2009, Rosie’s Broadway Kids opened the door to its new home, Maravel Arts Center, a performing arts school in the heart of New York City’s theater district.
Rosie has her own website, www.Rosie.com, where she publishes her photos, artwork, answers questions, and keeps a blog. The award-winning website has been recognized as one of the best celebrity blogs by Entertainment Weekly and earned a Blogger’s Choice Award in 2007. In May of 2007, Time Magazine named Rosie one of the one hundred most influential people in the world for their “Time 100” cover story.
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