March 31, 2012 |
"A queen is not afraid to fail," Oprah Winfrey once said. "Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. " Now the television queen may have a chance to prove the adage. Her Los Angeles-based Oprah Winfrey Network has been hobbled by missteps, ego clashes, a revolving door in the executive suite and, most important, low ratings. OWN's stumbles suggest, at the least, that even in celebrity-obsessed America, fame alone doesn't guarantee success. PHOTOS: 25 great "Oprah" moments The network was born 15 months ago with high hopes of becoming the television equivalent of Winfrey's O magazine.
November 20, 2008 |
While promoting her upcoming NBC variety special, "Rosie Live," Rosie O'Donnell couldn't avoid questions about her controversial time on "The View." Barbara Walters, she told reporters on Wednesday morning, "wanted everyone to believe and think and act as if [the women on 'The View'] get along and are really good friends and happy and hang out together, and, you know, that's just not the reality.
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February 27, 2004 |
With crowds, paparazzi and a hastily convened appearance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, this city's "Winter of Love" got its first shot of celebrity wattage Thursday as former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime partner, Kelli Carpenter, joined the cavalcade of same-sex marriages at City Hall.
October 30, 1987 |
Rosie O'Donnell's performance Tuesday at the Improvisation in Irvine provided a textbook example of how a strong, expressive delivery can make good material sparkle and lesser material seem better than it really is. And how, even in stand-up, playing against type yields intriguing (and pretty funny) results. It also afforded a look at the curious instance of a comic starting off powerfully (she was on her way to a"killing," in stand-up parlance) but allowing the show to get away from her.
March 23, 2012 |
Admit it, at 45 years old, the Advocate looks good. Over those years, the LGBT magazine has seen the same challenges as any other print publication but has forged ahead with its watchdog duties in human rights as well as being a pop culture compass. The glossy will celebrate the big 4-5 at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, welcoming a host of celebs and activists, as well as fashion and social types. Not to mention inductees to the Heroes Hall of Fame, a list of notables that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Cynthia Nixon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
December 22, 2006 |
Things got even uglier Thursday in the bitter war of words between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell. The Donald called Los Angeles-based morning TV show "Good Day L.A." to sound off on O'Donnell's remarks about his near-firing of Miss USA Tara Conner. "Maybe she wanted to put the crown back on Miss USA's head," the real-estate mogul said of the openly gay O'Donnell, who has four children with partner Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell.
May 25, 2007 |
A day after she and Elisabeth Hasselbeck clashed angrily on "The View," Rosie O'Donnell took the day off Thursday to celebrate her partner Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell's 40th birthday and indicated that she is unsure whether she will return to the program. O'Donnell told a viewer on her personal blog that she has "no idea" when or if she will go back on the ABC daytime talk show for the remaining month of her contract.
November 7, 2003 |
Rosie O'Donnell took the witness stand Thursday to defend herself against a bitter breach-of-contract lawsuit, saying she agreed to start her now-defunct namesake magazine only after being promised full creative control by the company now suing her. O'Donnell, the former television talk show host, was referring to a conversation with Daniel Brewster, chief executive of Gruner & Jahr USA, the company that published Rosie magazine from April 2001 to December 2002.
November 9, 2003 |
On the Monday before Halloween, Rosie O'Donnell, with sardonic self-regard, says she's perfectly suited for the holiday. "I'm famous. I have a big mouth. I'm the scary Rosie O'Donnell," says the producer, sitting in her spacious office, 17 floors above Times Square, popping fistfuls of candy corn in her mouth. Indeed, her self-mocking persona has been generating headlines of late, coming as it does in a week that may be the most momentous in the life of the onetime talk-show host.