“For me it’s that I contributed… That I’m on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That to me is the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all negative stuff in life.” This was written by Ellen Lee DeGeneres who was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. She was born to Elliot and Betty DeGeneres, and has an older brother, Vance DeGeneres. Her father was a successful insurance salesman and her mother a real-estate agent.
As a child Ellen spent most of her time exploring her city. “You know most people can grow up in a city like New Orleans without realizing how unique a city it is.” Ellen said this when she was growing up in New Orleans. Ellen’s dream was to become a veterinarian but gave it up because she wasn’t “book smart” instead she dreamed of becoming a standup comedian.
When Ellen was in her teenage years her parents were divorced when she was only 13 years old. The divorce was really hard on Ellen because she was close to her mother and father and she didn’t want to see them separate. For school Ellen was really not interested in school that much. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976, she attended the University of New Orleans as a communication major, but she decided to drop put after one semester. She had many jobs until her dream of becoming a standup comedian came true in 1981. She performed shows in many small clubs and coffeehouses, before she worked her way up to comedy clubs. Ellen’s next idea was to be a talk show host and to be on television. She got her wish when she signed a contract with NBC.
During Ellen’s adulthood she had some ups and some downs. She was named “The Funniest Person in America” by winning a comedy contest. Ellen was on two television shows from 1989-1992 called “Open House” (1989) and “Laurie Hill” (1992). She had...