Actress and TV talker Rosie O’Donnell: “I’m not easy to love”

To be on the safe side, she answered the key question – not to say: the motif of suffering – of her life herself. Addressing a crowd of people she still feels irrationally prejudiced about, it reads, “Why do you think gay parents aren’t good for their children?”

And the answer of the self-confessed lesbian and (adoptive) mother of five Rosie O’Donnell responded: “You know nothing about such connections. I want to be the role model for a good, functioning family with homosexual parents. Don’t let these children grow up without a family just because of your prejudices!”

What a good point and exclamation mark at the same time! At best, a small question mark as a footnote: only failed relationships. Her two marriages (to Kelli Carpenter and Michelle Rounds) each lasted just three years, most recently she separated from the police officer and wrestler, who was thirty years her junior Elizabeth Rooney.

Rosie kept telling her “I’m too old for her” until the amazon of the cavalry actually galloped away. Rosie’s longtime assistant, Robyn Crawford (61), also chatted about an affair her boss had with Whitney Houston (died 2012). O’Donnell, ladylike: “I’m not easy to love.”

Irish-born New Yorker Rosie, who has become a fixture of television folklore over the course of her long career, celebrates her 60th birthday today, Monday.

She will join in the same breath Oprah Winfrey (68) or Ellen DeGeneris (64) mentioned, with the fans taking their breath away much more often and even though she ended her talk show (from 1996 on NBC) 20 years ago, after only six seasons.

After that she was a producer, co-presenter and permanent guest in film, radio and TV – for example in “Schlaflos in Seattle” or in the hit series “The Nanny”.

She had guests like Prince Tom Selleck, George Clooney or Chaka Khan, with whom she performed a drum duet. Her absolute crush (crush) remained Tom Cruisewhose nearness she always coquettishly sought from afar.

But: Anyone who came to her knew that there are not only drum hits, but also neck bangs. Rosie has thorns. She is combative, funny and combative. Understandable Favorite Enemy: donald trump. In a decade and a half of mutual rejection, rags and hoes fly back and forth so low that onlookers only want to duck.

It started when Rosie postulated in 2007 that Trump should only be invited as a studio cleaner. She called him a bluffer, a blender, and a “snake oil salesman,” which means “cheating quack.”

Who would disagree? Trump, of course. Since the above words, he shot back not only from the hip, but below the belt line at almost every performance: “Loser!”, “Nice, little, fat Rosie!” and “Undignified!” scolded the orange reed sparrow.

In this verbal carnage, O’Donnell sorely missed female solidarity. Not a syllable from friendly stars – like Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinemor Susan Sarandon. Rosie was also comforted by another mnemonic: hardly: “The wave of fame slaps mightily on the shore, retreats and comes back – but never as strong as the first time.”