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Originally posted 10/05/2012 07:00AM
Rosie O'Donnell has had an amazingly successful life – but suffering a heart attack earlier this year has given her a new sense of purpose.
Revealing for the first time exactly how she felt on the afternoon of Aug. 14 when she suffered the heart attack – unknowingly at first – O'Donnell, 50, tells PEOPLE in its new issue, "My arms starting aching and my chest hurt. My son, Blake, said, 'Mommy you look very white.' I told him, 'I don't feel so good, honey.' "
The comedian didn't find out what had happened to her until the next day when she visited her doctor, who immediately put in a stent to restore blood flow.
Originally posted 08/27/2012 12:10PM
Congratulations – and surprise! – Rosie O'Donnell is married.
O'Donnell, 50, who recently suffered a heart attack, moved up her planned wedding to fianceé Michelle Rounds after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people.
The couple, who announced their engagement in Dec. 2011, exchanged vows on June 9 in a private ceremony in New York, O'Donnell's rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE exclusively. "They got married but they haven't had the wedding celebration."
The two originally planned to be married in August, but they choose to get married quietly in June before Rounds's first surgery on June 14.
Originally posted 08/21/2012 05:45PM
There are roses for Rosie.
On the mend from a heart attack, Rosie O'Donnell is getting showered with flowers and best wishes from fans – and returning the sentiments on Twitter.
Calling herself "happy" and "grateful," O'Donnell, 50, wrote Tuesday that she was, "Listening to Barry Manilow – painting – feeling good."
Along with images of some of her abstract works, O'Donnell also posted pictures of roses she's received and of a Grape-nuts box reading "good for your heart."
Originally posted 08/21/2012 06:45AM
Phyllis Diller used to say that freckles were kisses from the sun. Then, noting her own spotted complexion, she'd look skyward and wisecrack, "All right, lover. Enough!"
It wasn't just the sun that loved Phyllis Diller, who died at her Brentwood home Monday at the age of 95. Her fans spanned generations and also included the top names in the business she fought so hard to break into – and then remained, to elicit gales of laughter for more than 50 years.
"What she accomplished was something I don't think younger people can even grasp," Kathy Griffin, 51, told PEOPLE on Monday.
Originally posted 08/20/2012 04:15PM
Calling it a "miracle" she's still alive, Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.
O'Donnell, 50, credited her survival to quick Internet research on her painful symptoms and a Bayer aspirin she had seen recommended in ads.
"Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally," she wrote Monday in her usual verse form on her blog.
O'Donnell said she had a stent inserted after doctors found that her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. In a statement on Monday, her rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE, "She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky."
Originally posted 08/03/2012 04:05PM
Rosie O'Donnell is known for cracking jokes, but the latest turn of events in her life is no laughing matter.
The funny lady, 50, announced on her blog Friday that her fiancée Michelle Rounds has been diagnosed with a rare disease.
"Again and again, her pain grew worse," O'Donnell writes. "It seemed impossible. No one knew what was wrong. Life changes in an instant."
The couple went through a "maze of medical mystery," according to the blog post, until Rounds was eventually diagnosed with desmoid tumors. O'Donnell calls it a "beyond rare" disease that isn't cancer but "acts cancerous" and only affects three out of every million people.
Originally posted 03/20/2012 04:40PM
Oprah Winfrey's cancelation of Rosie O'Donnell's OWN Network show last week didn't rain on the parade of O'Donnell's 50th birthday bash. If anything, it provided reason to amp up Monday night's celebrating.
Arriving with her fiancée Michelle Rounds at the Paris Club's sexy upstairs lounge Studio Paris in Chicago – festooned in yellows and blues with lots of chandeliers – the birthday girl kicked things off by addressing her show's recent demise and encouraging her production team and other attendees to have a great time.
Originally posted 02/10/2012 11:20AM
Chelsea Handler is used to making people laugh on her evening talk show and new sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea?, but the comedian turned serious this week, opening up about the abortion she had at age 16.
"I was so delusional," Handler, 36, recalled during an interview on The Rosie Show earlier this week. "I was like, I'm ready for a baby."
But while Handler was enthused about the idea of becoming a teen mom, it was actually her parents who convinced her to abort the pregnancy, she told Rosie O'Donnell.
Originally posted 01/17/2012 05:15PM
Rosie O'Donnell is happily engaged to Michelle Rounds, but she says a bad breakup helped her on the road to real love.
"I was properly in love I'd say three times," O'Donnell tells Piers Morgan on his show airing Tuesday night. The comedian says that her earliest true love, with a woman O'Donnell does not name, was painful but necessary.
"You have one relationship in your life that's kind of crazy and out of control a little bit and that usually doesn't last very long but takes you into the deep water," she says.
Originally posted 01/04/2012 06:00AM
Rosie O'Donnell and fiancée Michelle Rounds cozied up over the weekend in Miami, where the TV host-comedian has a house. The couple enjoyed a date night at Japanese restaurant Zuma, and O'Donnell later took to Twitter to proclaim how delicious her evening really was.
"The food was out of this world – and we had a blast – date night rocks," O'Donnell Tweeted after their meal together.
On the menu for the two, who were secretly engaged earlier this fall: Alaskan king crab, pork belly skewers and Wagyu beef. For dessert, they ordered a yuzu keylime pie.
"They looked so cute together, talking and laughing," a source tells us, adding that the couple "radiated happiness."
Adds the source: "And Michelle's ring is beautiful."
– Linda Marx
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