Adoption and Foster Care Background:
Rosie has five children, four of them are adopted. Parker Jaren O'Donnell was born May 25, 1995. Her daughter, Chelsea Belle O'Donnell was born September 20, 1997. Blake Christopher O'Donnell joined the family on December 5, 1999. Dakota O'Donnell was born January 5, 2013.
Vivienne Rose O'Donnell, born November 29, 2002, to her now ex-wife Kelli O'Donnell.
Rosie O'Donnell has also been a foster mother. Her family took in a foster child with the intention of adoption, but the child was removed from their home due to Florida's then ban on gay and lesbians adopting. The ban has since been lifted.
Rosie has been quoted as saying that the one reason she came out was to bring to light gay adoption.
Claim to Fame:
Rosie is a comedian, actress, author and a very well known television personality. She is also well known as a LGBT rights activist and helped to co-create the LGBT family vacation company R Family Vacations. She continues to support the cruise line on a consultant basis.
- Voted most popular by her high school class.
- Is a big New York Jets fan.
- Is a big Tom Cruise fan.
- Rosie is good friends with another adoptive parent, Madonna.
- Provided the voice for the character, Terk, in Disney's Tarzan.