Roseanne Barr launched a small but successful stand-up comedy career in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until she was invited on “The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson that she got her big break.
Her 1985 “Tonight Show” appearance led to an HBO stand-up special and then a sitcom on ABC. Her comedy, “Roseanne,” about a heavyset matriarch and the stresses of her lower-middle-class family, rang true to audiences across the country and became an instant hit. The show lasted nine seasons (1988 to 1997), and Barr walked away with an Emmy and a Golden Globe, among other accolades.
The comedian’s first move after “Roseanne” was a Broadway stint as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz,” followed by the launch of her talk show, “The Roseanne Show,” which lasted two seasons. These days Barr takes small roles in film and television, tours with her stand-up act and often draws attention with the no-holds-barred posts on her personal blog at RoseanneWorld.com.