Rosie O’Donnell has a whopping dozen Emmy Awards crowding her mantle. Eleven of them are for her self-titled daytime talker while one was for her work in prime-time television. That latter win was almost two decades for producing the 1998 Tony Awards telecast, which she also hosted. She could be adding a lucky 13th trophy this year for her her acclaimed, scene-stealing turn on the comedy “SMILF.”
On the Showtime series, O’Donnell portrays Tutu, the formidable, plenty opinionated mother of Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw), a young woman navigating her way through life as a single mom in South Boston. Over the first season, Tutu grapples with mental health issues while trying to maintain a steady relationship with her daughter.
Of O’Donnell, Ryan Schwartz of TV Line said, “We’d be remiss if we didn’t call attention to O’Donnell, who delivers the performance of her career as Bridgette’s emotionally unstable mother. Her Emmy-worthy showcase comes in the second-to-last episode of Season 1 — and boy is it a doozy.”
Also raving over her return to acting was Maureen Ryan of Variety, who wrote, “O’Donnell, as well as guest star Connie Britton, who plays a rich woman whose children Bridgette tutors, are particularly good and inhabit their roles with verve and presence.”
O’Donnell earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1995, for her self-titled HBO comedy special. Nominations followed for a guest spot as an exaggerated version of herself on “The Larry Sanders Show” (1996) and for producing “Kids Are Punny” (1998), “The 52nd Annual Tony Awards” (1998) and “All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise” (2006).
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