Not only is she funny, but she teaches us every day to be compassionate to the people around us.
Ellen DeGeneres is a 62-year-old comedian, actress, writer, and television host. When it comes to stand-up comedy, Ellen started performing in small clubs. However, in 1981 she became the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club. Around that time, she began to go on tours all over the nation, and in 1984, Showtime declared her The Funniest Person In America.
In 1986, Ellen appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After she performed that set, Carson motioned for her to join him for an on-air interview, which was the first time a female comedian was invited to partake in that. Even though Ellen stopped performing stand-up in 2003, she made her comeback after 15 years by releasing a special to Netflix called Relatable.
Ellen DeGeneres also has a very successful television career. She had her first regular TV role in 1989 on a sitcom called Open House. She also had parts in shows like One Night Stand and Laurie Hill.
In 1994, Ellen DeGeneres starred in the show These Friends of Mine but after a season they changed the name of the show to Ellen. In 1997, “came out” as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show and thus, her character on Ellen also came out as gay in the sitcom. Ellen then became the first show on prime-time to include an openly gay leading character, however, the show was canceled shortly after in 1998, so DeGeneres began her own talk show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show was incredibly successful, receiving over 20 Daytime Emmy Awards in the first five seasons. The show continues to air daily on NBC.
In 2008, Ellen DeGeneres married actress Portia de Rossi, and in 2009, was a judge on American Idol — but DeGeneres decided to leave the show after just one season because she didn’t enjoy judging the contestants.
She then explored interior design with her show Ellen’s Design Challenge in 2015. In 2017, she hosted Ellen’s Game of Games which featured weird competitions among her audience members.
Along with her television work, Ellen DeGeneres is famous for voice acting the role of Dory in the animated film Finding Nemo in 2003. She then reprised her role in 2016 in the film Finding Dory…