Rosie O'Donnell, Liberal Activist, Former Moderator of "The View" :
Rosie revealed in April 2007 that she would depart "The View" in June after a controversial 8 months during which Rosie feuded with many celebrities. After a heated May 23, 2007 argument with Hasselbeck over the Iraq War, Rosie was granted her request to not return to "The View."
Rosie publicly revealed herself as gay in her 2002 best-selling autobiography, "Find Me."
Rosie on Same-Sex Marriage:
On the president's support of a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage, Rosie said, "I think the actions of the president are...the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president."
Rosie on Same-Sex Family Parenting:
"I think what children need is love, security, stability, consistency and kindness," she told O'Reilly. Not necessarily a "heterosexual family."
Rosie and Kelli currently run a travel company aimed at gay and lesbian families.
Rosie on Gun Control:
A famed moment on her former talk show occurred in 1999 when she aggressively challenged actor and NRA supporter Tom Selleck on his gun control views. Rosie insisted, "But you can't say that 'I will not take responsibility for anything the NRA represents' if you're saying that you're going to do an ad for the NRA."
Rosie on the Iraq War:
Rosie uses her public blog to air her views on the war and other matters, and in 2005, recounted dozens of hilariously now-hypocritical quotes uttered by top Republicans when President Clinton committed troops to Bosnia.
Education - 1980 graduate, Commack High School. Voted Homecoming Queen, Senior Class President and Class Clown. Attended college before dropping out for the comedy club circuit.
Family - Lesbian life partner is Kelli Carpenter, former dancer, Nickelodeon executive. Four children, 3 adopted and 1 born to Kelli in 2002.
Rosie's Growing Up Years:
At 18 years old, Rosie realized that she was gay, although she says that she's had male lovers. Rosie made her stage debut in 2nd grade as Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz."
Rosie O'Donnell, Actress and Talk Show Host:
Rosie won 6 Emmy awards for outstanding talk show for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which aired from 1996 to 2002. She was executive producer, director and star of the program. In 2000, Rosie entered a brief and ill-fated partnership to publish "Rosie" magazine.
The Rosie O'Donnell Persona:
She's unafraid of conflict, and has appeared on Fox News programs hosted by conservatives Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. She's a New York Jets fan, only signs autographs for kids, and counts singer Madonna among her closest friends.
"I have lived my life very openly and very truthfully. When I was with a man, everyone knew who my partner was. And when I was with a woman, everyone knew who my partner was. There was never any secret or any hiding." -- August 25, 2005 to AP reporter David Bauder
"I personally, Rosie O’Donnell, have always been a Democrat. I will always support the Democrats and I love the Democratic agenda about gun control. This is not about politics. We didn’t ask the people standing here before us whether or not they’re Republican or Democrat. We asked if they care about the fact four thousand children are shot dead every year..." -- May 2000 to interviewer Cokie Roberts
"We tried to make a women's magazine that was intelligent, that spoke to women about real issues, that knew that breast cancer was more important than your waist size." -- October 7, 2002 to interview Paula Zahn
"There are nuclear weapons everywhere. If one goes off, it is the end of the world as we know it. It’s a different game than it was in World War II. And this is a preemptive strike. This is not the American way of life. This is not American values. When there are alternate means, when the UN, an organization that is set up to prevent World War III, is saying please follow these rules and we are saying, no, we won’t...
To me, it reminds me of where 12th graders in high school and there’s a third grader with a knife. And instead of a bunch of 12th graders going and taking the knife away, we’re going to kick the crap out of this third grader. Well, I don’t want any part of that. Not in my name...." -- February 24, 2003 to interviewer Phil Donahue