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Roseanne is the one-name moniker of an actress, writer, talk-show host and comedienne by the same name. (Former performance names due to marriage have been Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Arnold.) Roseanne was made famous in the early 1980s with her stand-up comedy routine, which was widely regarded as a hilarious depiction of the typical US middle-class housewife. This led to her own series, also called Roseanne. The show ran from 1988 to 1997, and co-starred Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, as well as child actor Sara Gilbert. The late Glenn Quinn also had a recurring role in the later series as Becky's husband Mark, before going on to star in Angel.

After the show's cancellation, Roseanne went on to host her own talk show titled, appropriately enough, The Roseanne Show. The show did not last long, and she has ventured back into the foray of stand-up comedy. In 2003 she took on the dual role of hosting a cooking show and starring in a reality show ABOUT hosting a cooking show.