Rosie O'Donnell on Life, Love and Family
"I think as a child I never thought I would live past 40, because my mother didn't," she says. "And my goal was to do everything I could before I was 40 and then retire and wait for the doctor to say, 'Well, you're going to die.'"
When that didn't happen, this 47-year-old mother of four began to look inward. Like many women, Rosie says she wanted to find a way to balance work and family.
Rosie also wanted to live a more authentic life, which she says led her to make the most difficult decision of her adult life. In 2007, she quietly separated from Kelli.