- This article is about the titular character, for the television series, see Roseanne (TV series).
Roseanne Conner (née Harris) (born November 3, 1952 – September 25, 2018 [aged 65]) was played by the series' star, Roseanne Barr. The Roseanne Conner television character was picked up and inspired from her stand-up comedic persona, along with being inspired by her presumed real-life persona. The character is a bossy, loud, caustic, overweight and dominant woman who appears as the main protagonist of the sitcom. She frequently meddles and tries to control the lives of her husband, daughters, sons, grandchildren, sister and friends. Despite her dominating nature, Roseanne is a loving mother, grandmother and wife. She works hard and makes as much time for her children, grandchildren and husband as possible. She also deeply cares for her friends and sister.
Roseanne and her sister, Jackie Harris, are children of Al and Beverly Harris. Her maternal grandmother is simply known as Nana Mary. She was married to Dan Conner, and has four children - Becky Conner, Darlene Conner, D.J. Conner and Jerry Conner (who was born later in the show). Later on she has three grandchildren - Harris Healy, Mark Healy II and Mary Conner.
She, like her family, deals with the many hardships of poverty, weight and domestic troubles with humor. Roseanne has always had troubles with weight; it inspired an episode in which she and Dan tried hard to lose weight. She worked at the Wellman Plastics factory at the beginning of the show's run and quit that job after a conflict with the new egotistical domineering boss, Mr. Faber. She lead a walkout that included most of her friends. She had several periods of unemployment and held jobs as a fast-food employee, a telemarketer, a bartender and a shampoo woman/hair sweeper at a beauty salon. Subsequently, she worked for several years as a waitress in the luncheonette at Rodbell's department store (much to the chagrin of daughters Becky and Darlene, who regularly hang out there) before co-owning her own restaurant, The Lanford Lunch Box, from 1992 to sometime before 2018. Her most recent job was as an Uber Driver.
Due to a bad knee, she began an addiction to pain killers. Although surgery to fix her knee seemed too expensive, they were later granted the necessary money from the government. However, shortly after having knee surgery she unexpectedly died after accidentally overdosing on an opioid drug, leaving Dan, Jackie and the rest of the family devastated.
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