Health Is No Joke for Roseanne Barr

The comedienne weighs in on motherhood, aging, and her many vices.

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on December 18, 2006
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You are the original domestic goddess. Is it possible to be allergic to housework?

Not possible to be allergic to housework ... it is an inescapable part of being female.

Blonde & Bitchin' is your new HBO special. What compelled you to perform again after years of avoiding the limelight?

I wanted to get out there after 9/11.


You've been open in the past about your struggles with weight, health, and depression. How are you feeling now?

I feel great for a fat, cranky, old, left-leaning Jewish grandmother.

Your blog ( posts a link to Parents Against Junk Food. How do you feel about the food industry, and schools that hawk candy and soda to kids?

The public schools are in a shambles of bullyism, and at the mercy of profit-making sociopaths.

You've commented on Hollywood's aversion to aging, yet you have had well-documented plastic surgery. What gives?

Nips and tucks are OK if people feel they want to do that. It comes from feeling insecure though ... it's like a walking ad for "insecure."

Are baby boomers growing old gracefully, terribly, or are they simply redefining age altogether?

Baby boomers do not want to go and are stubbornly holding on for dear life -- no matter the cost, no matter the effect -- after screwing everything up totally for their kids and grandkids ... it's the total psychopath generation.

In your mind, what makes for a good mother?

A good mother leaves things in order, and in better shape than she found it, as well as leaving a little something behind in the bank for the future.

Do you have any vices?

Many. They start with cheese, Godiva ....

Do you have a health hero?

Whoever discovered the cacao tree.

If you had to choose one person, past or present, to share a hospital room with during a long recovery, whom would you pick, and why?

[The famous baker] Marie Callender. One word: PIE!!

Tell us about the Roseanne Barr Foundation and ACORN.

I started the Roseanne Barr Foundation as a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping the neediest members of our society. Currently we are helping the displaced residents of the Gulf Coast. For this reason, we have teamed up with ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, to establish a building materials co-op in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gentilly. You can learn more about ACORN at

The Trevor Project: What is its mission, and are you still involved?

The Trevor Project ( is a nonprofit organization that operates the nation's only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay teens. Its work is especially critical because gay teens are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. I'm personally aware of the tough challenges gay youth can face, and I hope that some of my efforts have helped lead to greater acceptance and made their lives a bit easier.

What will you be doing in 2007, and in 2027?

In 2007 I will be in hiding as an enemy of the Bush regime, as will all who want health care coverage. In 2027 I will be 74 years old, and I will be cleaning up the world's problems still, after reigning as Queen of The World for nearly 10 years at that point.


Originally published in the January/February 2007 issue of WebMD the Magazine.

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