Celebrity Detox: The Fame Game

Celebrity Detox: The Fame Game

by Rosie O'Donnell
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Celebrity Detox: The Fame Game by Rosie O'Donnell

That’s the thing about fame. If you live like a famous person, you will pay the price. And it’s a high price, and a dangerous game, because fame, the drug can sneak up on you in increments. You don’t notice the increments, that they’re increasing until you’re so far away from ever making eye contact with another human being and being "real," that you don’t even know you’re not "real" anymore.

When O’Donnell’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1973, ten-year-old Rosie believed that fame could cure her. Though she was still a kid, she had already grasped the cultural connection between talent and money. If she could become famous, the funds would pour in - and buy her mom the miracle cure that could save her life.

Rosie’s mother died, but the bond in her daughter’s mind between stardom and hope survived, propelling 0’Donnell into a career as a talk show host and passionate philanthropist.

At times funny, at others heartbreaking, but always intensely honest, CELEBRITY DETOX is Rosie’s story of the years after she walked away from her top-rated TV show in 2002, and her reasons for going back on the air in 2006. In it, O’Donnell takes you inside the world of talk show TV, speaking candidly about the conflicts and challenges she faced as co-host on ABC’s The View. Along the way O’Donnell shows us how fame becomes addiction and explores whether or not it’s possible for an addict to safely, and sanely, return to the spotlight. She reveals her everyday interactions with her family, and the pressures of being both an ordinary mom and a "personality." She tells of the lifelong admiration she has had for an entertainment icon and of her complicated friendships with her TV colleagues - and talks openly about some dark passages from her own past.

Chronicling the ups and downs of "the fame game," Rosie O’Donnell illuminates not only what it’s like to be a celebrity, but also what it’s like to be a mother, a daughter, a leader, a friend, a sister, a wife - in short, a human being.

I came on The View. This is the story of how it all happened, off stage, on stage, how we struggled to make the show, and then so much more than that.
This is an account of what it means to make a show, and a friend, and an enemy, or two. This is about where we went wrong, and right. It’s a story about stars and celebrities and one woman - me - going off air four years ago and then trying to re-enter orbit, not knowing if she can. It’s the story of wondering whether I could give up the addictive elixir of fame and then go back, wondering if it’s possible to sip instead of slug. It’s a story about so much - how Barbara Walters started out as a sort of mother, and me a child willing to obey, and where we finally ended up, months later - after all the Trump dump and divisive ways of the world we are in, we have still, and nevertheless, at the very end, we have found a way to talk. We found, I have to hope, a friendship that, like any other friendship, is both compromised and connected.


All of Rosie's net profits from this book are being donated to Rosie's Broadway Kids, a program that brings musical theater to New York City public school children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446582247
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rosie O'Donnell is one of America's favorite celebrities. She was the host of The Rosie O'Donnell Show, one of the most popular shows of the decade, and has also appeared in numerous movies, television sitcoms, comedy specials and, most recently, on Broadway. She was also co-host of The View.

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Celebrity Detox 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some years ago, an L.A. bound plane I was on had to make an unfortunate landing in Texas until some issues were resolved. While somtimes waiting to reboard in stresslful times like this, one has a tendency of bonding with those around you. One person in my small, bonded circle in the waiting area was Rosie O'Donnell. She had already won Star Search and had just finished doing something with Dom DeLuise 'as his daughter I believe'. I recognized her from Star Search and started a conversation with her since I am also an actor. We immediately hit it off and bonded with each other sharing stories of our first films both at Columbia Pictures. She was enthusiastic and I could tell had a heart of gold. Rosie, in that room, gave others confidence in the midst of the layover. She found humor and I remember her smiling alot. I remember thinking, 'what a lovely person.' Of course at the time she was not famous, except for dorks like me, who knew Star Search. She couldn't belive that I even remembered her Burger King skit when she talked too close to the mike. It always made me laugh. All these years later, Rosie lives not too far from me and I used to see her with Kelli at a great little place called The Coven 'great pub' which is long gone. I always wanted to say hi and see if she remembered our little stop over, not only as a fellow actor but as a friend. The last thing most celebs want when they are out is to be bombarded with people, so I always respect that and never did say hi. I have always felt like a little bird with Rosie. I watched her at the beginning both in person and from a distance all through her career, from the streets of Nyack to Hollywood. I have always seen a smiling, good-hearted woman who wants to do good. Celebrity Detox is yet my latest glimpse into Rosie's life and I applaud her candor, honesty and poetic approach to personal expression. The book is very different. It is unique! It is not prose for prose sake but it is intermingled with poetry, journal entries, rants and raves. I do not think Rosie's intention in writing this book is supposed to be a literary masterpiece, but an expression of all that she feels inside. The tenderness of the loss of her mom colored her future in so many ways and it is obvious in her relationships with Barbara Walters and Barbra Streisand. Her sensitivity is very palpable and only those who understand this type of sensitivity will be able to relate to how Rosie has responded to some things .. yes, it can sometimes be aggressive, but I believe we get to that point when you've just had enough! Enough is enough. Rosie comes from a good place. She is not out to harm anyone. Her choices are her choices. Her journey is her journy and because she has dared to be different and often protect and fight for the underdog, she is often misunderstood and the rocks come hurling at her. This book will help you understand Rosie better if you are currently confused by some of the recent events. May God bless her and hold her and her family in the palm of his hands. The proceeds are going to children - what a beautiful thing to do. I highly recommend the book not only because it is full on interesting tidbits on 'the biz' and some of the behind the scenes situations but more than that it offers a perspective that the media sometimes does not allow us to see - what goes on in the heart of someone when he/she is the brunt of a media controversy. How easy to forget that we are human beings! I think Rosie demonstrates that so well in her book. Peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little bit of a challenge for me to read, but after a few pages I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I have loved Rosie since I happened to catch her comedy act on TV one day. The way she writes and tells her story is very different for me at first, but after having read the whole thing there is no other way for her to tell her story. I love her so much, but mainly, I am so grateful to her for being the strong person that she is. I love that she doesn't back down from bullies and stands up for what is right. I love you Ro.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For actresses, i will post what movies to starr in.
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Very disappointed! I thought this book was about rosie and her being on the view. It was not! Sorry i bought it. Save your money!
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roena More than 1 year ago
For me this book had substance, but I found Rosie repeating herself quite a lot. Therefore, I feel one can read 1/2 of the book and get the same thing out of it as the last half. I found some enlightening episode's of Rosie while she was on The View, yet the constant repetition just bored the hell out of me. Her relationship with her partner seemed so balanced and so right, that its almost unbelievable. Now rightly so, because as of this date they have broken up. I do understand her delemia of "being a movie star", but come on already stop the complaining and do something to change that!!! I admit I did read the entire book, because I kept thinking I'd find out something...something was missing in this book...
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FutureBond More than 1 year ago
This book is not well written and it's kind of boring. The entire book is Rosie talking about how much she loves/hates Barbara Walters. I got this thinking it might be a funny biography or an edgy take on celebrity. It's neither. Only for the die-hard fans I think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can kind of hear Rosie's sense of humor and style in it but it is very hard to get into and no strong desire to want to pick it up again. Definitely not a page turner. As far as I have gotten, it seems more talking in circles and going off on tangents than actually what it says it is supposed to be about. Maybe it will get better the farther I get into it but I am never eager to pick it up and try to continue. When i run out of my book supply and am desperate to read something, then I will probably get back to it. Glad I only paid bargain book price for it.
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