Roseanne Cherie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director.
Barr won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on Roseanne. In addition, she has won six People's Choice Awards, three American Comedy Awards, a Kids Choice Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and the TV Land Innovator Award.
The oldest of four children, she was born in Salt Lake City to a working-class Jewish family. Her mother, Helen, was a bookkeeper and cashier. Her father, Jerome Hershel ?Jerry? Barr, worked in sales as a door-to-door salesman of household goods. Barr's grandparents and great-grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and Austria-Hungary, and her paternal grandfather changed his surname from "Borisofsky" to "Barr" upon entering the United States. Barr's parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from their neighbors and were partially involved in The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. Barr has stated, "Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons"; her Jewish upbringing was influenced by her devoutly Orthodox Jewish maternal grandmother.
Barr's real-life brother and sister are gay, which is what later inspired her to introduce gay characters into her sitcom, Roseanne. Barr has publicly stated that she supports gay marriage.