Los Angeles, California
Born Nov. 3, 1952
Roseanne Barr is an actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director. She began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the television sitcom “Roseanne.” Barr also hosted a television talk show, “The Roseanne Show,” from 1998 to 2000. In 2005, she returned to stand-up comedy with a world tour. In 2011, she began starring in an unscripted TV show, “Roseanne’s Nuts,” about her life on a Hawaiian farm.
Aside from being an Emmy-award winning actress and New York Times bestselling author, Barr is an advocate for social justice. From her hardscrabble days in Denver, Colorado, where she launched her stand-up career, Barr has always looked out for the least among us.
She also is no stranger to politics. During the 2004 election cycle, Barr spent time working with ACORN in Florida and Ohio registering voters and handing out bottles of water at polling places. This was not for the cameras. She was doing it on her own dime to reach out to disenfranchised voters, welcoming them into an electoral process that typically cast them aside.
In 2008, Barr endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. On August 4th, 2011, Roseanne Barr announced her candidacy for president of the United States on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, declaring that she would not run as a Democrat or a Republican “because they both suck, and they’re both a bunch of criminals.”
She has since decided to seek the nomination of the Green Party of the United States. On September 17, 2011, which was Day 1 of Occupy Wall Street, Barr became the first public figure to stand with the occupiers in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, delivering a speech before the very first General Assembly.
On February 2nd, Barr publicly announced her candidacy for the Green Party presidential nomination. “I am pleased to announce that I am seeking the Green Party’s nomination for president of these United States of America. The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants—bought and paid for by the 1 percent—who are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people. As a long time supporter of the Green Party, I look forward to working with people who share my values. Behold the greening of America!”