Actress, comedienne, and presidential candidate Roseanne Barr turns 60 today (November 3). As such, fans should find some time in their busy schedules today for a few episodes of her classic television sitcom.
After moving to Colorado at the age of 18, Barr began doing stand-up comedy gigs are 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.
In 2005, the comedienne embarked on lengthy stand-up tour that would take her around the globe. However, the call of televised success proved too much to take; Barr returned to TV with the 2011 unscripted drama Roseanne’s Nuts which followed the actress as she operated a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Hawaii.
“The legalization of marijuana is the way to end all Drug Wars and stop the monopoly of the subsidized prison systems,” Roseanne explained. “Our government and corporations are getting paid every time someone goes to prison for non-violent crimes due to marijuana arrests. Drug laws need to be rewritten to make them sane and people based. We need to end the prohibition on marijuana and legalize it.”
Although Roseanne Barr turns 60 today, it doesn’t appear that the actress, comedienne, and politician is slowing down anytime soon. Happy Birthday!