To most, Ellen DeGeneres is widely known as a comedian and daytime talk show host. Not only is she that, she is also a humanitarian, and an influence to many.
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958; she is one of two children born to Elizabeth and Elliott DeGeneres. DeGeneres spent most of her childhood in her hometown, Metairie, Louisiana, but while in high school relocated to Atlanta, Texas after her parents divorced. Ms. DeGeneres attended the University of New Orleans however after one semester decided to persuade other things.
DeGeneres’s on-screen career began in the late 1980s and still continues to live on. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a daytime talk show for which she is mostly recognized began in September of 2003 and still airs today. The show features everything from celebrity interviews to spotlighting everyday people. The show has won several Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Talk Show”. Ellen has also had success in film, television, and stand-up comedy; she has also been a TV judge, host, and spokeswoman. To top it all, DeGeneres owns a recording label and is a best-selling author of four books.
During the mist of her busy career, in 1997 DeGeneres came out to the public as a lesbian. She has been happily married to Portia de Rossi since August of 2008, and actively speaks out about gay rights. "I believe one day a ‘ban on gay marriage’ will sound totally ridiculous. In the meantime, I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us." DeGeneres told People Magazine in November of 2008.
Ellen DeGeneres has been included in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Top Five Most Influential Women in Media, and Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People amongst numerous other accomplishments.