Wow,Rosie O’Donnell Tells WHAT SHIRLEY DID FOR HER When She Was Broke &Unknown

Posted On : February 6, 2017

When the legendary What’s Happening actress/comedian, Shirley Hemphill, passed away from kidney failure in 1999, not only did she leave a major impact on her millions of fans, she also left a major impact on the many celebrities she so generously helped. One of those celebs is comedian/actress/former talk show host, Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie explains the beautiful things Shirley did for her when she was dead broke -or like the old schoolers used to say- ‘when she didn’t have a pot to pee in, nor a window to through it out of.’ Details below…


Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 9.46.05 AM In 2007, What's Happening stars, Haywood Nelson ("Duane," bottom row, left) and Ernest Thomas ("Raj," bottom, center) told Jet Magazine about Shirley's kind heart and what she'd told them about Rosie O'Donnell back then:

Ernest Thomas on Shirley helping a then-unknown Rosie's career-  "She told me when she first met. 'This new girl. Look out for her. She's a natural and is going to be all that and a bag of chips."
Haywood Nelson on Shirley Hemphill- She was prolific for helping other comedians out."

Rest on Shirley Hemphill after a job well done.

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