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2016 Straight for Equality Gala
Rosie O'Donnell

Through the years Rosie O'Donnell has served as America’s best friend and a special inspiration to people of all ages. She was host and executive producer of the critically acclaimed and multiple Emmy Award winning nationally syndicated talk/variety series “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, did two co-host stints on ABC’s The View and hosted the critically acclaimed Sirius/XM show, “Rosie Radio”.

On the big screen, Rosie has starred in “A League of Their Own”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Another Stakeout”, “The Flintstones”, “Exit To Eden”, “Now and Then”, “Beautiful Girls”, “Harriet the Spy”, and “Wide Awake”, to name a few. Her stage credits include the Broadway productions of “Grease”, “Seussical”, "Fiddler on the Roof", "Love, Loss and What I Wore", and the Encores! production of "No, No, Nanette., Rosie produced the musical “Taboo” on Broadway and recently produced the stage show, “MotherStruck!” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.

O’Donnell has been featured on prominent TV series including: Will & Grace, Curb Your Enthusiasm, All My Children, Suddenly Susan, Spin City, Sesame Street, Queer as Folk, The Nanny, The Larry Sanders Show, Nip/Tuck, Happily Divorced, and Web Therapy. In 2009, Rosie executive co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the Lifetime Original Film, “America”. Rosie currently has a reoccurring role as Foster Care mentor, Rita Hendricks on ABC Freeform’s THE FOSTERS and appeared on the hit CBS show, MOM.

With a passion for documentaries and the never-ending search for truth, Rosie has partnered with HBO on numerous projects, including “Rosie’s Family Cruise,” “A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration,” and “Don’t Divorce Me, ” and received critical acclaim with HBO’s “Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up”, in which she took a light-hearted approach to sharing personal details of her heart attack and recovery, raising awareness for the massive issue of women’s heart health.

Rosie has also released four books: Find Me (2002), Celebrity Detox: (The Fame Game) (2007) and Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U (2008).

As a crusader for children, she established the ROSIE’S FOR ALL KIDS FOUNDATION, awarding over $30 million dollars in grants to over 1,500 child-related non-profit organizations. ROSIE’S THEATER KIDS provides free musical theater instruction to public school children in New York. Rosie was awarded the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 2014 Tony Awards, and ROSIE’S THEATER KIDS received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House, from First Lady Michelle Obama.