She was one of the most popular comedians of the 1980’s and 1990’s
Controversial comedian Roseanne Barr turns 71 today
Roseanne Cherrie Barr was born on November 3, 1952, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is famous for her quick wit, caustic comments and intelligent as well as funny insights into the relationships between men, women, and the struggle of domestic life. After moving to Colorado at the age of 18, Barr began doing stand-up comedy gigs in various clubs throughout Denver. She soon developed a strong following which prompted appearances on The Tonight Show in 1985 and Late Night with David Letterman in 1986. Her “The Roseanne Barr Show” comedy special debuted on HBO in 1987. Barr was originally offered the role of Peg Bundy in the popular 80s sitcom “Married … with Children”, though she ultimately turned it down. A few years later, she would launch her own situation comedy, simply titled “Roseanne”. The series, which followed the trials and tribulations of the Conner family, starred John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Alicia Goranson, Michael Fishman, and Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf. The series would enjoy nine seasons before coming to an end in 1997. After the conclusion of her sitcom, Roseanne Barr ventured into the world of daytime TV. The actress’ chat program “The Roseanne Show” ran from 1998 until 2000. Following its cancellation, Barr would ultimately disappear from the small screen for several long years. On May 16, 2017, it was announced ABC would produce an eight-episode 10th season revival of the series, set to air as a mid-season replacement in 2018, with the original cast returning, however after the controversy surrounding some of her controversial political and racial comments, she was dropped from the cast . Despite that it doesn’t appear that the actress and comedienne is slowing down anytime soon.
By Ken Warren, 2018
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