Rosie is the genial talk show host-turned-loudmouthed dyke.
Rosie was born in Queens and raised on Long Island. Although she appeared in small parts in A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle, it was her daytime talk show, though, which debuted in 1996, that vaulted her into the big leagues, winning her a cult following with suburban housewives. The ratings bonanza led her to the magazine biz in 2000. But the launch of Rosie coincided with the shift in her public profile and as ditched the "Queen of Nice" routine, and the magazine dissolved amid lawsuits and controversy, right around the time she decided to walk away from her talk show.
After leaving the show, she chopped off her hair and started becoming more politically active, speaking out on issues like gay marriage and adoption. She returned to TV on The View with her new attitude in tow: she accused Kelly Ripa of being homophobic, mocked the Chinese community, offended Catholics, and memorably feuded with Donald Trump, which did wonders for The View's ratings. But when O'Donnell and ABC weren't able to negotiate a new contract, she left the show. In 2011 she staged her return to the small screen with The Rosie Show on the Oprah's O Network to little success.
O'Donnell officially came out of the closet in 2002 although she was open with friends and family about her sexuality dating back to the early 1980s. In February 2004, she married Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco, but they split in 2009. [Image via Getty]