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by Katy Perry Ellis at . Comments

Talk about transformation!  Actress and former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell shocked fans when she posted before and after photos revealing a 50 pound weight loss.

O'Donnell shared the surprising before and after photo on Twitter, commenting, "Almost 50 lbs off - I can see it now."

Rosie O'Donnell Weight Loss

Am I the only one wondering why she couldn't have chose a less fuzzy "before" picture?  Good grief.

No denying the former "The View" host looks better with a slimmed down face, styled hair and a bit of make up.  Hopefully the transformation is helping her feel better inside, as well.

O'Donnell recently revealed she underwent weight loss surgery, motivated by a heart attack in 2012. 

We will all get to see the transformation in person very soon!!  O'Donnell will be joining "The View" for a reunion show honoring Barbara Walters.
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by Missy at . Comments
rosie odonnell and michelle rounds daughter

Rosie O'Donnell and her wife Michelle Rounds have welcomed a new baby girl into their family.

The comedic entertainer shared a family photo and tweeted, "we r thrilled to announce the arrival of r daughter Dakota - #withloveandthanks - AMEN."

According to O'Donnell's rep, the adopted infant was born on Jan. 5 and weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces.  "Moms and baby are happy and healthy."

Suffice it to say that 2012 was eventful for the couple.  They got married in NYC in June and both endured serious health issues that included a heart attack suffered by Rosie in August and a diagnosis of desmoid tumors for Michelle, a rare and life-threatening disease.

Rosie has four other adopted children - Blake, Vivienne, Parker and Chelsea - from a previous relationship with Kelli Carpenter.

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by Andrea at . Comments
rosie odonnell and michelle rounds married

Rosie O'Donnell, 50, and Michelle Rounds, 41 , were quietly married in a private ceremony in New York on June 9.

The couple, who announced their engagement in December, 2011, originally planned to exchange vows in August, but moved up their plans after Rounds was diagnosed with the rare disease, desmond tumors.

Rounds had the first of several surgeries on June 14, and is now on the road to recovery.

"It is such a rare tumor. It took them quite a while to get an accurate diagnosis," O'Donnell's rep Cindi Berger tells PEOPLE magazine.

O'Donnell, who recently suffered a heart attack, announced the wedding news on her blog, posting, "we married in private before her surgery just the 2 of us."

"when we r both well enough will have the wedding of r dreams surrounded by those we cherish," she continued. "thankful for the love and support so many have given us during these trying times including all of u stranger-friends
connected thru invisible strands of wi fi," concluded the post.

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by Meg at . Comments
rosie odonnell recovering from heart attack

Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and considers herself lucky to be alive.

The 50-year-old comic believes it is nothing short of a "miracle" that she survived what doctors characterize as a "widow maker" heart event.

Her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked, requiring the insertion of a stent to restore proper blood flow.

O'Donnell is now resting at home and is feeling well enough to blog about the frightening experience.

She said it all began on August 14 when she played Good Samaritan to "an enormous woman" who needed help getting out of her car in a Nyack, N.Y. parking lot.

Several hours later she experienced an ache in her chest, sore arms that felt bruised, nausea and clammy skin.  She remembered a popular TV ad and popped a Bayer aspirin but hesitated far longer than she should have before seeking medical attention.

RO is now stressing, "Know the symptoms ladies.  Listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore.  CALL 911 ... save yourself."

Her partner Michelle Rounds is also experiencing health issues.  Rosie recently revealed details of her fiancee's serious medical condition that caused them to postpone their wedding.

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by Meg at . Comments
rosie postones wedding fiancee ill

Rosie O'Donnell revealed Friday on her blog that her fiancee Michelle Rounds has been diagnosed with a rare disease.

The couple announced in December that they were planning a summer wedding.  That has all changed following a medical mystery that began many months ago.

Rosie blogged, "Again and again, her pain grew worse.  It seemed impossible.  No one know what was wrong.  Life changed in an instant."

Doctors determined that Rounds has desmoid tumors, a rare disease that is not cancer but "acts cancerous" and only affects three out of every million people.

O'Donnell revealed, "She is recovering from surgery in June.  She's getting stronger every day.  We have joined the fight against this disease, raising money and awareness."

In fact, when the couple does tie the knot they have decided that in lieu of wedding gifts, they'll ask for donations to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.

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by Meg at . Comments
rosie takes pot shots at lindsay lohan

Recently fired OWN talk show host Rosie O'Donnell stirred the pot during a TODAY appearance on Tuesday while chatting about hot topics with Star Jones and Donny Deutsch.

Rosie isn't thrilled about the prospect of Lindsay Lohan portraying Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime movie.

She said, "The last thing she did good, she was 16.  I feel very sorry for her.  I think she needs a lot of help.  She needs a lot of time away.  On SNL it wasn't as though she delivered.  People watched expecting, hoping, wishing, but she needs a lot of help."

Star Jones believes the movie will be widely viewed for no other reason than to see a "train wreck."

O'Donnell continued, "I don't think she's right for the role, and I don't think she's capable at this point of doing what's needed to portray the character.  I think the interest level in her has waned significantly."

Donny Deutsch pointed out that Lohan has the potential to be the Elizabeth Taylor of this generation both on and off-screen.  Rosie huffed, "You're out of your mind."

Lohan's spokesman Steve Honig responded to the O'Donnell snit: "I think Rosie should be focused on her own career right now and not everyone else's.  It's a shame that she has to be so cruel towards another person in order to keep herself in the news."

We can't help but agree that this appears to be a clear cut case of the pot calling the kettle black...

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by Meg at . Comments
the donald jumps on rosies case again

Leave it to Donald Trump to stick the knife in when the victim is already DOA.

After learning that The Rosie Show had been cancelled, the real estate mogul and reality show honcho tweeted a few nasty jabs at his arch-enemy Rosie O'Donnell.

Trumped hit Twitter this morning, "Rosie O'Donnell has failed again.  Her ratings were abysmal and Oprah cancelled her on Friday night.  When will media executives learn that Rosie just hasn't got it?"

The pair engaged in some widely reported hate-speak while she was still a co-host on The View.  After she made fun of his hair and referred to him as "a snake-oil salesman" who was no stranger to bankruptcy, he put on the gloves and called her a "loser" and a "pig."

Rosie has other detractors too.  According to TMZ, members of the Harpo Studio staff have let slip that Rosie O was a "bully" and after the delightful experience they enjoyed while producing Oprah's show, the recent five month stint has been an incredibly painful experience for all involved in producing and directing the failed OWN prime-time talk show.

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by Meg at . Comments
oprah dumps rosie show

After less than six months on the air, Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network have cancelled The Rosie Show.

Rosie O'Donnell will wrap her daily talk show next week with the final episode set to air on March 30.

Oprah said, "I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey.  As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience.  I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."

The show tapes at Harpo Studios in Chicago, the same location where O did her long running daytime gig.

Rosie premiered in October and only managed to pull in a loyal audience of 230,000 viewers.  In hindsight, O probably let the show go far longer than was warranted.

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by Meg at . Comments
engaged

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds have enjoyed a whirlwind courtship after meeting at a Manhattan Starbucks in August 2011.  They are now officially engaged.

The OWN network talk show host shared a Twitter image of Rounds sporting a gorgeous sparkler hours after telling her Chicago-based Harpo Studio audience about her new status.  The revelation came during a commercial break while the Monday show was being taped.  The twitpic that followed was tagged, "so so so happy."

Talking about their chance meeting this past summer, Rosie joked during one of her standup routines in October that her "gaydar was way off" the day that she and Michelle struck up a conversation.  The comedian thought Rounds was 28 and heterosexual, and it turns out she was a gay woman and 40.

O'Donnell wed Kelli Carpenter in 2004 and co-parented three adopted children: Parker, Chelsea and Blake.  During their union a fourth child, Vivienne, was born to Kelli, who conceived via artificial insemination.  They split in 2007 though that information wasn't disclosed until the end of 2009.

Rosie then partnered with Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas artist.  They never officially lived under one roof but were within close proximity until February 2011.  Tracy's large family of children became very close to the O'Donnell kids, making the break-up "very complicated" according to her rep, because the couple's offspring had forged a strong bond and continued to spend time together until Rosie headed off to Chicago.

Check out a close-up pic of the sparkler that Rosie just uploaded to her Twitter page:

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by Meg at . Comments
rosie has a new girlfriend

Rosie O'Donnell and her new girlfriend Michelle Rounds hit the red carpet together last night at the Building Dreams for Kids Gala in New York City.

According to People magazine, the women met at a Starbucks a few months ago and have been "very happy together."

Rounds, the new lady in O'Donnell's life, is a corporate head hunter for an IT company in NYC.

While on stage at her annual event, Rosie shared this tidbit, "I just bought a new red bra with the underpants that match and everything."

The comedian will debut The Rosie Show beginning October 10 on OWN.  She will film at Harpo Studios in Chicago, following in Oprah's footsteps.

O'Donnell reportedly plunked down nearly $2.5 million for a 6,000 square-foot Chicago crash pad in the Lakeview area of the city, so that she'll have a place to call her own when she is filming in the Windy City.

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