Ellen DeGeneres (b.1958) is an American comedienne and talk show host.
Born in Metairie, Louisiana, DeGeneres discovered the healing power of humor when she told jokes to brighten up her grief-stricken mother after the divorce of her parents.
DeGeneres turned once again to comedy as a coping strategy after the death of Kathy Perkoff, a 23-year-old poet with whom DeGeneres fell in love. She wrote a monologue “A Phone Call to God” and performed it at her first stand-up show in New Orleans. It was a big hit and launched her career as a comedian. An invitation by Johnny Carson to appear on the late-night talk show in 1986 led to appearances on the talk show circuit and her own eponymous sitcom, Ellen (1994–1998.) She launched her own successful daytime talk show in 2003.
DeGeneres drew great media attention when she came out as a lesbian on Ellen in 1997. She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Funny Thing Is … (2003) and Seriously … I’m Kidding (2011) sellers. In 2008, she again made headlines by wedding her lover of four years, the actress Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres has also lent her voice to the Disney hits Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016.)
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