Rosie O’Donnell is performing at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Friday, January 24th at 7:30P. The Emmy Award-winning comedienne has devoted much of her time & money toward philanthropic causes including gay rights. When Rosie debuted on The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1996, it wasn’t long before she was dubbed the “Queen of Nice” & started racking-up up Emmys. That’s the first time I met her at the Daytime Emmy Awards when they were in NYC. In 2002 Rosie decided to give up the talk show life & return to her first love, stand-up comedy. Her return to stand-up was a great success, though her tough style refreshingly replaced her “The Queen of Nice” persona. Then she had a heart attack in August 2012. When asked how that experience changed her life O’Donnell stated, “What’s interesting is that the doctor said, you know, you really have to be careful because after a major heart attack, a lot of people have depression. And I’ve struggled with depression my whole life, so I was kind of ready for that. But I found that the opposite happened – I had an awakening & a gratitude that I did not have before. I did not get depressed after the heart attack & the doctors were really, really worried & were watching me for that. I haven’t had depression at all after the attack & not that I’m saying it’s a remedy, but for me, it let me know that, wow, I really could have been done. And I am on “extended play,” like when you get the extra lap at the video game of the Grand Prix race car driver. That’s what I feel like — I’m on the extra lap. I’m happy that I got that chance. I feel like I cheated death & I kind of slid by, and I don’t know why. The nurse even said to my wife, who was asking her, “How’s she doing compared to people who have what she had?” And I was half-awake, half-not. And the nurse said, “Excellent.” And my wife said, “How do you know?” And the nurse said, “Because everyone else is dead.” Rosie married Michelle Rounds in 2012 & the couple adopted a baby girl a year ago. O'Donnell also has four children with her first wife, Kelli Carpenter. The Wilbur Theatre is located at 246 Tremont St. in Boston’s Historic Theatre District & tickets: $29-$59.
For Info & TIX: thewilbur.com
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