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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
Originally posted 12/07/2011 08:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds actually got engaged a couple of months ago. But nobody knew until Monday because O'Donnell admits she was uncomfortable officially announcing it on her talk show.
"Michelle said to me a few months ago, when we got engaged, she said, 'How come you didn't say it on your show?' And I was like, 'Honey, I don't know how.' I didn't know how to say it," O'Donnell, 50, revealed Tuesday on OWN's The Rosie Show.
This was a day after the engagement news leaked, when O'Donnell mentioned it during a break in taping and an audience member Tweeted it to the world.
Originally posted 12/06/2011 09:30AM
She put a ring on it – and what a ring it is!
Rosie O'Donnell posted a photo of the diamond engagement ring she gave to her girlfriend, Michelle Rounds, on Twitter Monday night.
The engagement of the actress and comedian, 49, was revealed Monday afternoon. Later in the day, in response to a congratulatory message from another Twitter user, O'Donnell posted the picture of Rounds, 40, wearing the ring, accompanied by the caption "so so so happy."
Originally posted 01/02/2011 04:30PM
Rosie O'Donnell met Michelle Rounds earlier this year and the pair were engaged within a matter of months. So who is the talk show queen's new fiancée?
1. She's got her own thing going on (and it's not showbiz).
Rounds, 40, is a recruiter for New-York based IT company Vertex Solutions Inc. and had an active career in the same arena before that. According to her LinkedIn profile, she graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz in 1993.
2. She loves coffee – or maybe it's a chai latte that drew her in.
Either way, she and O'Donnell first connected in a Starbucks over the summer.
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