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Originally posted 10/11/2011 10:50AM
Where did Rosie O'Donnell and new girlfriend Michelle Rounds go to celebrate Rosie's new OWN show after its debut Tuesday night?
Not in France. In Chicago. The Paris Club.
The affectionate couple were spotted enjoying a three-plus hour meal at the Windy City hot spot's exclusive Salon Prive dining space.
The two were talking about how much they adored Rosie's first guest on the live show, Russell Brand, and reacting to the excitement about the positive audience feedback at Harpo Studios – where Oprah Winfrey made an appearance.
Originally posted 10/10/2011 08:20AM
Rosie O'Donnell was attracted to Michelle Rounds the moment she saw her in a Starbucks this summer. But she never thought it would be reciprocated.
"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman," O'Donnell, 49, tells ABC's Nightline in an interview airing Monday night.
She adds with a laugh: "My gaydar was way off!"
Originally posted 10/05/2011 07:30AM
The Queen of Nice is back – and happier than ever.
Rosie O'Donnell will have the support of a new girlfriend as she returns to television with her new nightly talk show, The Rosie Show, which debuts on Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN, Oct. 10.
"I did not expect it when I met her at Starbucks," O'Donnell, 49, tells PEOPLE of falling for I.T. headhunter Michelle Rounds, 40, whom she began dating a few months ago.
"She didn't look like any lesbian I'd ever met," says the talk show host. "But it's fun and very exciting."
Originally posted 09/20/2011 09:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell has a new girlfriend – and they met at Starbucks!
O'Donnell, who returns to TV Oct. 10 with a new talk program, The Rosie Show, on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, introduced her new girlfriend Michelle Rounds Monday night at O'Donnell's annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City.
"They met at a Starbucks a few months ago," a source tells PEOPLE. "They are adorable together and are very, very happy."
Originally posted 09/07/2011 08:15AM
She was once dubbed the "Queen of Nice," but Rosie O'Donnell – who also famously sparred with her co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View – says she used to feel more like the queen of fury.
"You know, I think I had a lot more rage than I was aware of," O'Donnell says in the October issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands Sept. 13. "But I’ve gotten back access to my other feelings. I’m not cut off from my emotions anymore … The rage has gone away … There’s been a healing."
O'Donnell, 49, credits one medical fix that changed everything.
Originally posted 03/29/2011 10:20AM
Originally posted 03/21/2010 10:55AM
Daytime TV is about to get Rosier: Rosie O'Donnell is planning to develop a new talk show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
O'Donnell is targeting fall 2011 for the debut of her new vehicle – around the same time that Oprah Winfrey will take her final bow on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The comedian, 48, is no stranger to the daytime airwaves. The talk show vet hosted the Emmy-winning Rosie O'Donnell Show for six years before her gig on The View.
Since last fall, O'Donnell has been reaching fans via her daily, two-hour show on Sirius XM Radio called "Rosie Radio." But she never abandoned TV altogether: In January, she debuted her HBO documentary A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, which highlights different family dynamics.
Originally posted 01/29/2010 09:15AM
The red carpet is an unusual spot to hang out with your ex – unless you're Rosie O'Donnell. Last week, at the New York City premiere of her documentary A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, the comedian happily posed for photos alongside her four children – and Kelli Carpenter, her partner of 10 years whom O'Donnell only recently revealed she'd separated from in 2007.
"What makes a family is love, and we all love each other," O'Donnell, 47, tells PEOPLE. "We're gonna stay together and take care of each other as a family unit."
The definition of a family is at the heart of the comedian's documentary, which premieres this Sunday on HBO at 7 pm ET and features interviews with kids who come from all different types of families: ones headed up by a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, as well as a mother and a grandmother. Adoption and surrogacy are also discussed.
Originally posted 01/22/2010 10:00AM
Two TV queens, one hour, no holds barred and it all airs Monday – when Rosie O'Donnell sits down with Oprah Winfrey and lets fly with the inside stories on her breakup after 12 years with Kelli Carpenter, her new girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders, her home life with her four kids ... and even menopause.
Gearing up for her Jan. 31 HBO special A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, a documentary that challenges the traditional ideas of family, O'Donnell, 47, talks about co-parenting with Carpenter since their breakup.
The two had four children together: Parker, 14; Chelsea, 12; Blake, 10; and Vivienne Rose, 7.
"Although we co-parent," says O'Donnell, "we share equal time but we're never really without them. Some are here. And that's the way we did it. It's free-flowing, and we do nights together, too." Explaining that Carpenter "lives nearby," O'Donnell also says that is still "not close enough. I wanted her to live in the same town, and she was, like, 'I don't know how good that's gonna be for me.' Like, what are you saying? You can't exist – okay. Calm down. Breathe. Everything's okay."
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