Ellen Degeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres is an Emmy Award winning talk show host and an outstanding comedian. Some of you may know her as the voice of Dory on Finding Nemo, or even as a judge on American Idol. Whatever you know her from, you probably know that Ellen isn’t afraid to be unique. Ellen talks about being true to yourself. She says, “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” I chose Ellen for my speech because I grew up watching her show, and she could always make me laugh. She seems like a great role model and she had to overcome a lot of obstacles to become a famous comedian. However, I don’t think I’d like to be Ellen because there is a lot of pressure on her to be funny all the time, and she receives much unwanted attention from the press. Ellen was born January 26, 1958 in a little town near New Orleans, Louisiana. Her parents were divorced when Ellen was a teenager. Her brother stayed with her dad, while she stayed with her mom. She had always dreamed of being a veterinarian, but she gave up because she thought she wasn’t smart enough. To earn money, she had to wait tables, paint houses, and even sell vacuum cleaners. In 1981, she began performing as a comedian. Her brother Vance had always been known as the humorous one in the family, but she finally decided to give it a try. Right away she found out she was very good at making people laugh. She performed at a local coffeehouse often. She got her big debut in 1986 when she decided to book an act at The Improv, a well-known comedy house in Hollywood. An agent saw her at The Improv and she was immediately invited onto The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She soon began making regular appearances on talk shows.

In 1994, Ellen decided to pursue a career as an actress. She starred in her own sitcom on ABC self-titled named These Friends of Mine, which was later renamed Ellen. The series was an...
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