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Roseanne Barr's Teenage Daughter Was 'Forced' by Her Mom 'To Survive in the Woods for Being Fat'

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jan 20, 2022
09:40 A.M.

Roseanne Barr's daughter recently talked about growing up with her mother. The actress reportedly made her daughter live in terrible conditions because of the teenager's weight.


Over the years, Roseanne Barr has proven worthy of the recognition earned in the entertainment scene, owing to her passion and determination. The woman first ventured into standup comedy before assuming her place as a reputable screen goddess.

Barr's career-defining moment swung by immediately after the American staple sitcom "Roseanne," which she won a Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy for portraying the best actress on her show.

Picture of comedian Roseanne Barr [right]. Roseanne Barr with her daughter, Brandi Ann Brown, at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, 8th September 1994 [right] | Photo: Getty Images

Picture of comedian Roseanne Barr [right]. Roseanne Barr with her daughter, Brandi Ann Brown, at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, 8th September 1994 [right] | Photo: Getty Images

Before having her life trailed by the paparazzi because of her success in the industry, she lived a relatively simple life with her husband Bill Pentland and their three kids in Denver.

When things began to pan out, the family moved to LA and was introduced to a luxurious lifestyle. Sadly, while she made the big bucks, the actress was not a great mother.


Barr never scheduled time for her kids. Eventually, it affected the entire family and also led to the end of her first marriage. Moving forward, the actress tried to be a better parent, and decades later, she is now a sweet grandmother to her seven grandkids.

Roseanne Barr on March 23, 2018 in Burbank, California | Photo: Getty Images

Roseanne Barr on March 23, 2018 in Burbank, California | Photo: Getty Images


Barr's first husband made many sacrifices, like moving to a new city to support his wife and quitting his job. The actress revealed that at first, Bill thought that her career would barely take off, but that when it did, he considered making a wealth of sacrifices like writing scripts for her and being in charge of the home.

Despite all these, their marriage ended shortly after her success. The "Roseanne" star claimed that it was challenging coping with Bill even before the fame and that they had sought therapy. Still, it did not heal the marriage.


The straw that broke the camel's back was their second child's misdemeanor. Jennifer Pentland had begun drinking and needed all the help she could get. However, after her parents helped her, they decided that it was best to separate.


At the same time, she found solace in the arms of a close buddy, Tom Arnold. Their friendship metamorphosed into a hot romance, with both parties being blurred to their insecurities.


While she had this fantastic back-to-life experience going on, the press hit her with a surprise — they had found her first child, Brandi, 17. Not many knew about this child because Brandi was put up for adoption nine days after delivery. In reaction to the painful gossip, Barr confessed:

"They had gotten hold of the birth certificate of the baby girl I bore out of wedlock and gave up for adoption...when I was 18[...]. I had left the information allowing her to find me when she turned 21."


But before Brandi turned 21, Barr told her three kids with Bill all about their older sibling because she knew the 17-year-old would try to find her. Immediately the gossip mills began raining stories; she looked for Brandi and her adopted family.

Mother and daughter had a brief reunion following an inseparable hug, and the actress raved on about the teenager's likeness to her while admitting that she missed her firstborn.

Actress Roseanne and daughter Brandi Brown arrive at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening With Women" at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Roseanne and daughter Brandi Brown arrive at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening With Women" at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images


As mentioned earlier, Jennifer was Barr's second child with Bill. However, she did not get enough of her mother following the actress's career success schedule.


Jennifer detailed her childhood in a memoir titled "This Will Be Funny Later: A Memoir," Barr forced her to survive in the woods because of her weight.

The author revealed that at age 15, a team of hefty men contracted by her mother cuffed her bands and led her to the airport, where they transported her to Utah. After moving to the new town, the teenager was subjected to a strict diet involving raisins, peanuts, and raw cornmeal.


That was not all; Jennifer claimed she was beaten and refused to understand her mother's decision. However, Barr's daughter maintained that some of her behaviors, like cigarette addiction, self-harm, and getting low school scores, were caused by depression.

The actress was scared that she would be uncontrollable and intended to curb the delinquency. Sadly, these methods left Jennifer with PTSD due to the emotional and physical tortures from where she was institutionalized.


Despite facing hard times, she is now a mother of five and turned out to be an excellent daughter who has an admirable relationship with her parents.

While recounting her daughter's excesses, the actress confirmed that Jennifer is innovative and artistic but that she also inherited her weight problems and rebelliousness.

Barr talked about how her child blackmailed the babysitter into sneaking her out to Del Taco after school, using confidential yet appalling information the worker shared.



Barr's friendship with Arnold lasted longer than their romance. The pair remained married for four years before the actress moved on with husband number three, Ben Thomas.

Thomas and Barr welcomed a boy via surrogate, bringing her kids to five. While she may not have been the best mother at first, now, the "Roseanne" star is having the time of her life as a doting mother and grandmother!


The actress has seven grandchildren from her older kids. While Barr's kids have expanded the family and share a great connection with the family's matriarch, the kids thrive in their careers. Brandi has worked on-screen as a field producer and production assistant with credits to her name.

Her step-sister, Jennifer, is a writer and producer. Jessica, Barr's second born, is also a writer, producer, and researcher. Their brother, Jake, is into writing, directing, and editing.


The last on the list is Buck, the baby of the house. He graduated from high school in 2018 and is yet to establish a career in the entertainment field.

Following her role as a grandmother, Barr has been excited to be surrounded by the younger ones she cherishes and adores. The mother of five revealed that being a grandmother is the most significant change and a role she plays brilliantly.

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