Rosie O'Donnell, from Commack, New York, was a celebrity contestant during the first Celebrity week of season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on May 3, 2000. She walked away with $500,000 for the For All Kids Foundation.

She was notorious for her quick answers during the first 10 questions, and for guessing her last 3 questions (even though thinking before the game that doing so was stupid).


Fastest Finger Question Edit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these TV couples in order of their on-air debut starting with the earliest.
• A: Florida and James Evans • B: Lucy and Ricky Ricardo
• C: Jamie and Paul Buchman • D: Jason and Maggie Seaver

From the 5 remaining contestants, 2 got it right, but Rosie (with a time of 1.79 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer B-A-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Rosie's Run to the Million Edit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
According to the proverb 'Early to bed and early to rise' makes you 'health, wealthy and' what?
• A: Wise • B: Boring
• C: Brave • D: Stealthy
$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What breed of dog do firemen traditionally keep at the firehouse?
• A: St. Bernard • B: Beagle
• C: Dalmatian • D: Chihuahua
$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the armed forces, what does the term 'MP' stand for?
• A: Minnie Pearl • B: Military policeman
• C: Marching Philbins • D: Married patrolman
$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following fruits grows primarily in tropical areas?
• A: Apples • B: Bananas
• C: Cherries • D: Grapes
$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Entertainer Sonny Bono was the mayor of what California city from 1988 to 1992?
• A: Palm Springs • B: San Bernardino
• C: Carmel • D: San Diego
$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In February 2000, who released the Don McLean song 'American Pie' with an electronic dance beat?
• A: Cher • B: Christina Aguilera
• C: Britney Spears • D: Madonna
$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
According to Roger Kahn's 1972 book, who are the 'boys of summer'?
• A: Surfers • B: Baseball players
• C: Hippies • D: Bikers
$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
On the TV show 'The Adams Family,' what language did Morticia speak that made Gomez amorous?
• A: Spanish • B: Italian
• C: French • D: German
$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following insects are considered beneficial to a garden?
• A: Ladybugs • B: Spider mites
• C: Japanese beatles • D: Gypsy moths
$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What rock star's life inspired the 1979 movie 'The Rose'?
• A: Joan Baez • B: Mama Cass
• C: Janis Joplin • D: Grace Slick
$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What islands off the coast of Argentina are controlled by the British?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: Cook Islands - 1% • B: Falkland Islands - 85%
• C: Galapagos Islands - 8% • D: Canary Islands - 6%
$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What dancer revolutionized musical theater with her choreography for 'Oklahoma!'?
• A: Martha Graham • B: Ruth St. Denis
• C: Isadora Duncan • D: Agnes de Mille
$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The Fields Medal is an international prize given out to recognize accomplishment in what?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Mathematics • B: Journalism
• C: Dance • D: Architecture
Rosie did not know, so she decided to phone her friend Caroline, who would guess Math, but does not know. Risking $93,000, and refusing to use her 50:50 or to walk away, she decided to go with A: Mathematics and won $250,000.
$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
To whom did Beethoven originally plan to dedicate his Third Symphony in 1803?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Goethe • B: Mozart
• C: Napoleon • D: His nephew
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Playwright Anton Chekhov graduated from the University of Moscow with a degree in what?
• A: Law • B: Medicine
• C: Philosophy • D: Economics
Rosie had a gut instinct towards Economics, but she would not risk it, so she decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was B: Medicine


Preceded by
Drew Carey
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Rosie O'Donnell
Succeeded by
Emeril Lagasse