Roseanne Conner (née Harris) born November 3, 1953) is played by the series' star, Roseanne Barr. Roseanne, in a take off of her stand-up comedic persona and presumed real-life persona, is a bossy, loud, caustic, overweight, and dominant woman. She frequently meddles and tries to control the lives of her husband, daughters, sons, sister, and friends. Despite her dominating nature, Roseanne is a loving mother who works hard and makes as much time for her kids as possible.
Rosanne and her sister, Jackie Harris, are children to Al and Beverly Harris. Her maternal grandmother is simply known as Nana Mary. She is married to Dan Conner and has four children - Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy, Darlene Conner Healy, David Jacob "D.J." Conner, and Jerry Garcia Conner (who was born later in the show). She, like her family, deals with the many hardships of poverty, weight, and domestic troubles with humor.
Rosanne has always had troubles with weight; it inspired an episode in which she and Dan try hard to lose weight. She works at the Wellman Plastics factory at the beginning of the show's run and quits that job after a conflict with the new egotistical domineering boss, Mr. Faber; she leads a walkout that includes most of her friends. She has several periods of unemployment and holds jobs as a fast-food employee, a telemarketer, a bartender, and a shampoo woman/hair sweeper at a beauty salon. Subsequently, she works 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).
The Lunch Box
She eventually co-owns a successful restaurant called the Lanford Lunch Box with Jackie, her mother Bev, Nancy, and her former boss from the luncheonette, Leon, after Bev sells her share in the company to him. Roseanne and Jackie, in the last years of the show, win a lottery in excess of $108,000,000. This allows them to live the high life, but, eventually, at the end of the series, it was revealed that she didn't win the lottery at all, and that it was her version of how she wanted things to be.