Oprah, Rosie grace cover of O's breakthrough issue

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is joined by Rosie O'Donnell, the newest addition to the media mogul's OWN TV network, for the October issue of O, The Oprah Magazine that looks at breakthrough visionaries in different fields.

Winfrey interviews the controversial O'Donnell, about her move from her home in New York to Chicago for O'Donnell's latest role as a talk-show host on the OWN channel.

"Sometimes you go outside and get beat up by New York. The city accosts you. But being in the middle of Chicago, it's peaceful," revealed the former co-host of "The View."

O'Donnell, an outspoken lesbian who began her career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s, also talks with Winfrey about how fame has impacted her life.

"There are some things I'll never get back -- like the normality of life pre-fame. I've had to come to terms with the fact that fame is like a tattoo -- it doesn't go away," said O'Donnell.

Susan Casey, editor-in-chief of Oprah's O Magazine, characterized the interview with O'Donnell as a warm, personal and candid conversation.

"(It) was really funny, and Oprah is hilarious, which not many people usually see," said Casey.

Along with the feature on O'Donnell, the October issue, which hits newsstands on Sept 13, also profiles 15 people who have made breakthroughs in their industry over this year.   Continued...

<p>The October 2011 cover of "O, The Oprah Magazine". REUTERS/Courtesy of "O, The Oprah Magazine"</p>