TV special she co-hosted on Nickelodeon - "Nick News Special Edition: My Family is Different" -logged some 100,000 e-mails and calls in protest about its gay-parenting content, before the show even aired 18 June 2002. The campaign was reportedly organized by the Traditional Values Coalition. Linda Ellerbee produced and also hosted.
Once owned and lived in the late Helen Hayes's former home in Nyack, New York.
Dropped out of Boston University after 1 year. Dropped out of Dickinson College, Carlisle,PA.
Was a VH-1 VeeJay.
Used to work in the catalog department at Sears. Her job was to attach the orders to the catalogs, dump the catalogs in the correct bins, and then fetch the orders for the customers.
Anjelica Huston wanted her to play the lead in the film Agnes Browne (1999) but she turned it down because the offer came shortly after the shootings at Columbine High-School and O'Donnell felt that she was too emotional to do a film at that time.
Is a third cousin to Bridget Moynahan on her father's side, a fact that Rosie O'Donnell did not know until Bridget was a guest on "The View" (1997).
Attended Commack High School South, the same high school as sportscaster Bob Costas.
Rosie attended Sawmill Junior High School in Commack, New York.
Father was born in Belfast, N. Ireland.
Big Tom Cruise fan.
Adopted third child, son Blake Christopher (b. November 1999) (5 December 1999)
Is good friends with Penny Marshall.
In 2006, she donated $5,700,000 to Katrina Relief efforts including Renaissance Village (a temporary shelter for Katrina victims), day care centers, a rehabilitation center in San Antonio, and a Habitat for Humanity sub division in Baton Rouge.
Took the role in Exit to Eden (1994) after learning that Sharon Stone had turned it down.
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