Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 21, 2012 - Happy 50th B-Day to Rosie O’Donnell! Hoorah, you've reached the BIG 050!

“If you survive long enough, you're revered-rather like an old building."
                          ~~ Katherine Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) American icon, actress
                                of film, stage, and television. Also known for her headstrong independence.

Did you know that on March 21, 2012 Rosie O’Donnell turns 050 years young? A Very Happy Birthday to you, Rosie!

I was very fortunate to get a second opportunity to briefly speak with O'Donnell at last year's Matrix Awards. On top of everything else, O'Donnell is market savvy and a true professional. While I was taking photos of her with many of her fans (of course using their respective cameras) she mentioned her new program, The Rosie Show on Oprah’s OWN where she shared her intrigueing insights.

Rosie believes that there are many promotional tie-ins and sponsorships that can make a big difference if they were targeted more to an audience.
"I will be turning 50 in March, and I think there are a lot of opportunities for promotions and sponsorship tie-ins. What I want to see more of is create corporate sponsorships that are more more relevant," said O'Donnell. "What I mean is to tie in how you get corporations to not just give anything away… but to make it more believeable and real. There are a lot of things sponsors are able to do," continued O'Donnell. One of her visions is to consider focusing a program on a particular group (age group for example) and then choosing respective sponsors/products specifically for that age group. “Let’s say we have an audience of 70 year olds, we can give the audience Geritol, -- whatever,” said O'Donnell. Incidentally, for those very young folks not familiar with Geritol, Geritol was originally introduced as an alcohol-based, iron and B vitamin tonic by Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (in August 1950) and primarily marketed as such into the 1970s? Follow this link for more information about last years Matrix event 2011 and do stay tuned to Matrix 2012:

On Tuesday, March 20th, Oprah announced the cancellation of The Rosie Show.
“All I want to say is thanks!...It's not about the things that occur in your life; It's about how you react to them. Really!" ~~ Rosie O'Donnell

Gimme a Break! NBC (cast member 1986–1987)
Stand-Up Spotlight VH1 (1988–1991)
Stand by Your Man FOX (1992)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Syndicated (1996–2002) (also producer and executive producer)
The Twilight of the Golds Showtime (1997)
Jackie's Back! Lifetime (1999) (cameo)
Will & Grace NBC (2002) (recurring role)
Judging Amy Fox (2003) (Played Judge Nancy Paul in episode "Judging Eric")
Riding the Bus with My Sister CBS (2005 TV movie) (also executive producer)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (as herself) HBO (2005–2011) (recurring role)
Queer as Folk Showtime (2005) (recurring role)
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise HBO (2006) (also documentary's producer and executive producer)
The View ABC (September 5, 2006 – May 27, 2007's Moderator)
Nip/Tuck FX (2006) (two episodes in Season 4, four episodes in Season 5)
Little Britain USA HBO (2008) (Series 1, Episode 1)
Rosie Live! NBC (2008) (also producer and executive producer)
Christmas In Rockefeller Center 2008 NBC (2008)
America Lifetime (as Dr. Maureen Brennan) (2009) (also executive producer and screenplay)
Stalking Streisand HBO (2009)
Drop Dead Diva (as Judge Madeline Summers) (2009–10)
The Rosie Show OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2011–present) (also producer and executive producer)
The Doc Club with Rosie O'Donnell OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (2011–present)
Award ceremonies: Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Host) (1997–2003)
54th Annual Tony Awards (Host) (2000)
42nd Annual Grammy Awards (Host) (2000)

Radio: Rosie Radio SIRIUS XM (2009)
Grease (1994) (as Betty Rizzo)
Seussical (2001) (replacement for David Shiner)
Fiddler on the Roof (2004) (replacement for Andrea Martin in 2005)
Love, Loss, and What I Wore (2009)

A League of Their Own (1992)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Another Stakeout (1993)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
I'll Do Anything (1994)
The Flintstones (1994)
Exit to Eden (1994)
Now and Then (1995)
Beautiful Girls (1995)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
A Very Brady Sequel (1996) (Cameo)
Wide Awake (1998)
Get Bruce (1999) (documentary about Bruce Vilanch)
Tarzan (1999) (voice)
Artists and Orphans: A True Drama (2001) (short subject) (narrator)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) (Archive footage)
Last Party 2000 (2001) (documentary)
The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) (documentary)
Show Business (2005) (documentary)
Pursuit of Equality (2005) (documentary)
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (2006) (documentary) (also executive producer)
America (2009) as Dr. Maureen Brennan

Find Me (2002)
Celebrity Detox (2007)
Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U: 100 Easy Projects The Whole Family Can Enjoy All Year Long (2008)

A Rosie Christmas (1999)
Another Rosie Christmas (2000)

Santa on the Rooftop (w Trish Yearwood) (2000)
Nominations and awards
Daytime Emmy Awards:
1997 Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell
1998 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
1998 Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell (tied with Oprah Winfrey)
1999 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
1999 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell
2000 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
2000 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell
2001 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
2001 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell (tied with Regis Philbin)
2002 Outstanding Talk Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show
2002 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell
2007 Outstanding Talk Show Host, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View (Nominated)

Emmy Awards:
1999 Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, 52nd Annual Tony Awards>
Kids' Choice Awards:
2000 Hall of Fame Award
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards:
2002 Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television

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