Ellen DeGeneres, an inspirational woman to all, was born on January 26, 1958 in Louisiana. After suffering through a divorce at the age of 13 and a mother suffering from cancer, Ellen’s teenage trauma contributed to her overall success. Coming from very little, Ellen made a name of herself by using motivation from her older brother Vance, a comedian, who gained attention and glory from individuals all around. Ellen used his success as motivation to gain the same treatment. In 1986, she got her big debut acting on a tip from Jay Leno. Her hit won over audiences and DeGeneres was a successful actress in her sitcom: Ellen. However, she faced strong criticism in April of 1997 when she openly acknowledged her homosexuality on air. Several episodes following her reveal had gay themes and, throughout the remainder of the season, DeGeneres and ABC executives faced a storm of criticism. But the show also received rounds of applause from gay-friendly activists. Today, Ellen is currently on her 10th season of her hit talk-show Ellen. In addition to her stand-up, film, and television career, DeGeneres is also the author of several books. Ellen is a strong Animal-rights activist and supports an organization called The Gentle Barn, a home and hospital for animals that have been abused. Also, along with Ben Affleck, Ellen launched the “Small Change Campaign” to benefit Feeding America. On her talk show Ellen, every episode includes helping families in need, especially families victimized by Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook school shooting. Ellen DeGeneres’ many selfless acts demonstrates how she is an inspiration to us all.
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