Roseanne Barr's Daughter Said Comedian 'Forced' Her to 'Survive in the Woods for Being Fat'
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Roseanne Barr's daughter said that the comedian once 'forced' her to 'survive in the woods for being fat'

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  • Roseanne Barr's daughter, Jenny Pentland, said that her mother sent her to a wilderness camp.
  • The 45-year-old wrote about her teenage years of being institutionalized in her forthcoming memoir. 
  • Pentland said that she was once sent to live in the woods for two months for "being fat."

Roseanne Barr's daughter, Jenny Pentland, said in her new memoir that as a teen her mother sent her to a wilderness camp against her will for her weight, Page Six reported.

Pentland detailed in her forthcoming memoir, "This Will Be Funny Later," set for release on January 18, that at age 15 she was taken from her home, placed in handcuffs, and flown to Utah, according to Page Six.

There, she wrote in her memoir that she lived in the woods for two months as part of a wilderness survival camp, where she alleged that she was beaten by a staff member and had to help someone skin a squirrel.

"Mom forced me to survive in the woods for being fat," Pentland wrote, according to Page Six.

Pentland, now 45, told People that she was "locked up" between the ages of 13 and 18, cycling between institutions like reform schools, psychiatric institutions, and the wilderness boot camp.

In the memoir, she writes about those experiences, noting that her mother, Barr, and her father, writer Bill Pentland ("Roseanne," "The Magical World of Disney"), made the decision to place her there, following recommendations by education and behavioral experts. 

According to Page Six, Pentland wrote in her memoir that she still doesn't understand why she was repeatedly placed in institutions other than "being fat."

Barr and Bill Pentland were married in 1975 and divorced in 1990, The Los Angeles Times reported. During that time, they had three children, including Pentland. The comedian's sitcom "Roseanne" ran from 1988 to 1997, during which time Barr exploded in popularity. 

Pentland told People that she was "acting out" partly due to the stresses of her mother's fame. "The worst abuse I feel I suffered was having my free will removed — the lack of freedom," Pentland added.

Now, the two can talk about that experience and have a positive mother-daughter relationship, Pentland told People.

"She'll say, 'I can't wait for your kids to act just like you did.' She likes to see me getting mine. It's hilarious," Pentland said of Barr.

Representatives for Barr did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

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