October 29, 2021

Roseanne Barr’s Dating History Including Partner of 2 Decades & Messy Splits with 3 Husbands

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Comedian, actress and producer, Roseanne Barr, born in 1952, became a personality thanks to the "Roseanne" series of which she was the main character.

Through a housewife and mother of three, the series evoked the daily life of the Conners, an American family from the working class. The series was canceled after season 10, which aired in 2018 after she posted a racist tweet.

In reality, the one-time presidential candidate has been married three times and has five children from two of her husbands.

Roseanne Barr with her partner, Johnny Argent, Roseanne Barr with Tom Arnold (middle), Roseanne Barr with Ben Thomas (right) | Photo: Getty Images, Youtube.com/Lifetime



Roseanne Barr is an American actress best known for her role in the series "Roseanne." She is also a screenwriter, director, and producer who began her career as a stand-up comedian.

Growing up, she suffered from ailments, including Bell's palsy on the left side of her face at three. At 16, she had a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury that required her institutionalization for eight months.

At 18, she left home after telling her parents that she was going to visit a friend. She then moved from Utah to Colorado, where she began performing in comedy clubs.



In 1988, she became famous with the series "Roseanne." She obtained an Emmy, a Golden Globe, three American Comedy Awards, and a Kids' Choice Award.

In 1989, she released her autobiography titled "Roseanne—My Life As a Woman." In the same year, she made her movie debut when she starred alongside Meryl Streep in the movie "She-Devil."


Her popularity was such that a television movie, "Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography," directed by Paul Schneider, dedicated to her was released in 1994.

After the sitcom stopped in 1997, Barr hosted a talk show titled "The Roseanne Show." In the cinema, she lends her voice to Julie in "Look Who's Talking Too" in 1990.

Barr is also politically active. She notably lost, in 2012, the nomination of the Green Party but won the presidential nomination for the Peace and Freedom Party.



Barr has been married three times. However, before her first marriage, Barr got pregnant at 18 and had a child she had to give up for adoption.

At 22, after the adoption, she got married to her first husband, a Colorado motel clerk named Bill Pentland. They were married from February 4, 1974, until January 16, 1990. They had three children—Jennifer, Jessica, and Jake.

Four days after her divorce from Petland, she married a fellow comedian, Tom Arnold, on January 20, 1990. They had already met before Barr's wedding in 1983 in Minneapolis.


Roseanne Barr and Bill Petland leaving the People's Choice Awards in 1989 | Photo: Getty Images

While they were married, she changed her last name while her husband became a writer on her show. In 1992, they co-hosted "Saturday Night Live" three times.


Their marriage lasted till April 18, 1994, when they got divorced due to irreconcilable differences. Before their divorce, there were cheating rumors with Barr firing Arnold from the show.

In 2012, Arnold presented on "The Roast of Roseanne Barr." After her racist tweet, he called her a ticking time bomb and said he wasn't surprised at all by what happened because she couldn't control herself.

Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold backstage at Farm Aid, Ames, Iowa , March 14, 1992 | Photo: Getty Images


Even though he never believed that she was racist, he believes that Barr has multiple personality disorders, which he said she exhibited when they were married.

After their divorce, she married Ben Thomas, her one-time bodyguard, and chauffeur on February 14, 1995. Through in-vitro fertilization, the couple welcomed a son named Buck on August 5, 1995.

Roseanne Barr and Ben Thomas at the Los Angeles premiere of "Cast Away" on December 7, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images


Barr agreed that they weren't a good match, and in 2002, they split up. In the same year, she had a writing competition on her blog, and that was when she met her current partner, Johnny Argent.

Before they began living together, Barr had talked with the writer, producer, composer, and music arranger on the phone for over a year, and she fell in love with his voice.

She believes they are kindred spirits, and on their first meeting, she said he was the most handsome man she had ever met.

Roseanne Barr and Johnny Argent at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images



Seventeen years after she gave up her first daughter, Brandi Brown, for adoption, the tabloids found out the whereabouts of her child and contacted Barr with the information.

She had wanted to keep the baby, but without her family's support and money, she had to give up the child for adoption to a Jewish family who had waited seven years for a Jewish child.


Things almost got out of hand when the reporters started stalking Brown's adoptive family. She had only wanted Brown to find her after Brown turned 21.

After begging the tabloids to stay away, she had to hire a private detective to track Brown down. She didn't want her daughter to find out who her birth mother was through the tabloids.

Two days after the detective found her, she called her daughter, Brown, raised in Denver. A major coincidence with Brown was that Barr found out that Brown's adoptive mother and her mother shared the same best friend.


When Barr and Brown first met, even without introductions, a powerful magnet drew them into each other's arms in the lobby of the Westwood Marquis hotel.

They wouldn't let go of each other as they caught up on their lives while crying. Barr was glad Brown's adoptive parents did a great job at raising her. She could also see a lot of herself in her daughter.



Broadcast between 1988 and 1997 on ABC, the series, which had become cult, made its comeback on American television, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, twenty years after having lowered the curtain.

On May 29, 2018, while a new season for the sitcom was in progress, the actress slipped and posted several racist messages on Twitter.

Faced with these intolerable remarks and despite the star's flat apologies justifying herself for having made bad jokes, ABC made the irrevocable decision to cancel the show.


While speculation was rife about the sitcom's future, hours after the publication of these messages, Channing Dungey, the president of ABC, said in a press release that Barr's remark was abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with the brand's values.

Within three weeks of the show's cancellation, the network created a spinoff called "The Conners." The show uses the sets and characters of "Roseanne" without the heroine, played by Barr.


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