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Roseanne Cherrie Barr (born November 3, 1952) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and television producer. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the hit television sitcom Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018). She won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the show. It was announced in 2017 that an eight-episode revival would air in 2018; the number of episodes was later increased to nine. Barr had crafted a "fierce working-class domestic goddess" persona in the eight years preceding her sitcom and wanted to do a realistic show about a strong mother who was not a victim of patriarchal consumerism.

A granddaughter of immigrants from Europe and Russia, Barr was the oldest of four children in a working-class Jewish Salt Lake City family; she was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In 1974, she married Bill Pentland, with whom she had three children, before divorcing in 1990 and marrying comedian Tom Arnold. Controversy arose when she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a 1990 nationally aired baseball game, followed by grabbing her crotch and spitting, causing many people upset. It is generally agreed that she recovered from that incident and regained popularity, her television program continued.

After her sitcom ended, she launched her own talk show, The Roseanne Show, which aired from 1998 to 2000. In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour. In 2011, she starred in an unscripted TV show, Roseanne's Nuts, that lasted from July to September of that year, about her life on a Hawaiian farm.

In early 2012, Barr announced her candidacy for the presidential nomination of the Green Party. Barr lost the nomination to Jill Stein. She then sought the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party, which she won on August 4, 2012. Barr received 61,971 votes in the general election, placing sixth overall.

Roseanne had concluded airing episodes of the revival season and had been renewed for another by network ABC but it was abruptly cancelled in May 2018 after Barr made a joke on social media platform Twitter comparing former Barack Obama presidential aide Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to an ape.

Last Updated: May 29, 2018

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