Roseanne Barr channels her inner goddess
Roseanne Barr on CBS "Sunday Morning," September 25, 2011. (CBS)
Roseanne Barr never failed to get attention in the sitcom bearing her name. All these years later, she's still doing things her way - in a place about as far away from her TV home as you can imagine. Mo Rocca offers a Sunday Profile:
It's been 23 years since a brash loud-mouth, the likes of which had never been seen on network TV, barged her way into our living rooms.
Today, Roseanne Barr is 58 years old and living on a farm in Hawaii.
No, she has not retired.
"There's the gorgeous ocean. There's my garden," Barr tells CBS' Mo Rocca, outside of her Hawaii home.
"And I thought you came to Hawaii to mellow out," said Rocca.
"It is mellow," says Barr.
The 46-acre macadamia nut farm is the setting of her just-ended reality show, "Roseanne's Nuts."
No longer doing battle with network TV executives, she spends much of her time fighting with wild boars.
"They're like people or something, they only want the stuff that isn't theirs," she says. "They're crazy."
"Are they violent?" asks Rocca.
"Yeah, they can be violent, yeah," says Barr. "They're as bad as a mad dog, and they're tough. I mean, they can kill your grandkids, if they want to, or whatever."
Also on the farm? Goats - and one special sheep.
"That black sheep, that's Roseanne Barr," she says. "That's its name."
She'll tell you she's crazy. But when you sit down across from her, as we did last month at her studio in El Segundo, California, she sounds more at peace than ever.
"How are you enjoying your life, post-menopause?" asks Rocca.
"That's a great question," laughs Barr. "I'm enjoying my life, post-menopause, so much. It's just so great to grow into yourself, and not be bothered with all that tyranny of biology."
"I had no idea how long menopause lasts," says Rocca.
"Mine lasted about ten years," she responded.
"Yeah, that's pretty par for the course," says Barr.
"Was that a rough ten years?" asks Rocca
"It sure was a rough ten years," says Barr. "I mostly kept myself locked inside. (laughs) I seriously did. I was locked inside for ten years."
Before she locked herself away, Roseanne had become a tabloid staple: her marriage to Tom Arnold, her on-set tantrums, and who can forget her disastrous rendition of the National Anthem at a 1990 San Diego Padres game?
So it's easy to forget that she became famous for being funny. Very funny.
Just a few years after appearing on the "Tonight Show," her smash sitcom broke the mold and went to number one.
"In my mind, it was like a girl version of Jackie Gleason," she says.
Rather than retread comfortable sitcom themes, the show dealt with racism, domestic abuse, and the struggles of a very working-class family.
"The themes of the show, do you think they're pretty relevant today?" asks Rocca.
"They're even more relevant today than they were then," Barr says.
"Were you playing a role or was that you on camera?"
"That was me on camera," says Barr. "The role I was playing was my real life. That was pretty much how my family was."
Except that her upbringing wasn't quite so typical. Born Jewish in Salt Lake City, Roseanne says she was raised half the week Jewish and half the week Mormon.
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