She’s known for playing the hilarious sitcom mom on her former show Roseanne and the series reboot, which was canceled in 2018, but did you know Roseanne Barr is a mother to five kids in real life? Through her marriages, the comedian is the dedicated parent of her children, Jessica, Jennifer, Jake, Buck and Brandi.
Roseanne’s journey through motherhood began in 1971 when she was 18 years old. At the time, she gave birth to a daughter named Brandi Brown, though the baby girl was later adopted by another family. Following Brandi’s adoption, Roseanne fell in love with Bill Pentland, and the two wed in 1974.
Upon marrying the Rosanne show executive consultant, the She-Devil actress and her first husband welcomed their first child together, daughter Jessica, in 1975. The couple then became the parents when Roseanne gave birth to their second daughter, Jennifer, in 1976, followed by their youngest son, Jake, in 1978.
Roseanne and Bill raised their kids together for more than a decade, and just two years before they ended their marriage in 1990, the Emmy winner reconnected with her first child, Brandi, in 1988. Recalling the story of how the mother-daughter duo reunited during an interview with People a year after in 1989, Roseanne said she initially wrote a note for Brandi and planned to give it to her in 1992.
“I had left information allowing her to find me when she turned 21. I had even told my own kids about the adoption a year earlier because I knew she was 17 and might try to find me,” Roseanne shared, revealing everything changed when a tabloid found out about the adoption.
“I panicked and hired a private detective to track her down rather than have her read about me being her mom,” she continued, adding once the private investigator tracked Brandi down, they met at a Los Angeles hotel. “I turned around and felt this powerful magnet. We looked at each other. Brandi jumped out of her seat. And we started running toward each other. We embraced and wouldn’t let go of each other, hugging and crying.”
The Nanny alum became a single mom of four when she and Bill divorced after 16 years of marriage, but she quickly moved on with Tom Arnold that same year. However, the two didn’t welcome and kids together, and following just four years, Roseanne and Tom split in 1994.
In 1995, the former Last Comic Standing star married her third spouse Ben Thomas. Roseanne expanded her family when she became pregnant via IVF, welcoming her youngest child, son Buck, in 1995. Though her marriage with Ben came to an end in 2002, she’s been a dedicated mom to her beloved children. She even gets some help from her longtime partner, Johnny Argent, whom she started dating in 2003.
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