09 October 2008

American comedian and actress Roseanne Barr has revealed that she used multiple cosmetic surgery operations to escape personal problems with her husband.

The 55-year-old star underwent a breast reduction, tummy tuck and a rhinoplasty (nose surgery) when she was married to fellow comedian Tom Arnold in the early 1990s.

In an interview with the Guardian, Roseanne said: "Everytime I had a break I would have surgery. I think just to get away from him [Arnold] and then when I came back there'd be nurses in the house and I wouldn't be alone with him."

The comedian, who recently had a gastric band fitted, is best known for starring and writing the successful sitcom Roseanne, in which she portrayed an American working class housewife. The show ran from 1988 to 1997.

Roseanne's breast reduction was carried out at a time when several Hollywood celebrities, like Pamela Anderson, received increasing attention for undergoing breast enlargement operations.

Recently, however, this trend has reversed, with several celebrities known for their large breasts - such as Katie Price, Kerry Katona and Pamela Anderson herself - choosing breast reductions to reduce their assets.

Roseanne, who will turn 56 next month, has so far not claimed to have undergone anti-ageing cosmetic procedures.

However, many US comedians and actresses of her generation have turned to surgery to maintain their looks in an industry that places considerable importance on appearance.

Joan Rivers, for example, has in the past undergone two facelifts, one rhinoplasty and an eye tuck, as well as frequent Botox injections to smooth over facial wrinkles.