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The Life of Ellen DeGeneres

She's an LGBTQ pioneer and a TV icon. This is Ellen DeGeneres's story — from personal childhood trauma to receiving one of the nation’s highest honors.

Killing haters with her kindness

She’s one of the most successful and groundbreaking comedians in the world who kickstarted LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream television and hosts one of the most awarded daytime talk shows in history. At 13, while growing up in Louisiana, her parents divorced, and she lived with her mom. On Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction she revealed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather as a teenager.

At 23, she was doing standup regularly in New Orleans. At 27, she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In 1997, she famously came out on an episode of her sitcom, Ellen. While it’s now seen as a watershed moment, her bourgeoning career suffered at the time. Her sitcom was cancelled shortly after and she returned to working as a road comic. Then, a call from film director Andrew Stanton changed everything. The 2003 Pixar film, Finding Nemo, turned DeGeneres back into a household name. That same year she began hosting her own daytime talk show. The Ellen Degeneres Show has racked up 31 daytime Emmys and turned Ellen into a TV icon. At 58, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor in the United States — by President Obama.

DeGeneres was photographed sitting next to President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. The backlash over the pictures caused DeGeneres to defend her "friend" on her talk show. DeGeneres concluded by thanking Charlotte and Jerry Jones -- Jerry Jones is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and Charlotte is his daughter -- as well as George and Laura Bush for a "Sunday afternoon that was so fun," but added that they owe her "six dollars for the nachos." The British singer Elton John told NPR that he admired the talk show host for “very eloquently” standing by her friendship with the former president despite their political differences.

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10/14/2019 9:59 PM

363 comments

  • Kimberly B.
    03/31/2021 14:18

    That was so cool of President Obama, to recognize that the world need to change their mind set on what they think people should be. Ellen deserved that medal and more. She is more than just her sexual oriantion she is kind fun and funny on top of empathetic and most of all she is compassionate. The world deserves people like that. Way to go Ellen.

  • Kimberly B.
    03/31/2021 14:05

    So glad that someone reached out and brought you back to us. So many people love and admire you . Your the greatest.

  • Alicia A.
    03/31/2021 04:07

    I admire you for been you. For been the kind of person that shows compassion care and love for humanity. Our Lord Jesus Christ put you in this earth for a reason a purpose. And he is always by your side guiding and showing you how to handle things. You have such a wonderful show. May our Lord Jesus Christ hands be with you always with Blessings Health and the big heart that you have. Love Blessings and Prayers to you and your wife.

  • Chun M.
    12/14/2020 08:38

    She's incredible👍

  • Debbie B.
    09/04/2020 20:44

    Who really cares!

  • Karen W.
    08/21/2020 15:57

    Pedifile

  • Rich N.
    08/20/2020 12:41

    Pedophiles helping pedophiles

  • John C.
    08/18/2020 20:53

    Hollywood elitist bigot!

  • Andie L.
    08/15/2020 21:33

    I'm suspicious, every person who takes on Trump will be subjected to an all out effort to discredit them. There's a lot of money changing hands.

  • Bill B.
    08/09/2020 23:40

    Needs gone

  • Brian B.
    08/08/2020 14:40

    Toxic leaders are losers.

  • Bob C.
    08/07/2020 15:13

    Too bad she's a pedophile...

  • Diane V.
    08/07/2020 13:48

    Pedo

  • Shane M.
    08/07/2020 09:54

    So Obama admitted he's gay..."all of us" huh?...whew...

  • Louie G.
    08/07/2020 07:36

    satanic baby eater snd baby blood drinker! death sentence for her!

  • Dustin R.
    08/06/2020 22:07

    What kind of propaganda is this

  • Edwin V.
    08/06/2020 21:02

    She looks like she's from Bill Clinton's family.

  • Caleb E.
    08/06/2020 17:03

    Child sex trafficking scumbag

  • Joe M.
    08/06/2020 16:13

    She’s a pedo

  • Edward J.
    08/06/2020 12:22

    Sad:: some people know more about her and other stars more than they know their children.. Pathetic

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