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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
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352 comments

  • Angela M.
    06/18/2020 17:33

    I bet you they went for pizza and hotdogs afterwards

  • Sherri E.
    01/02/2020 09:06

    No one more deserving!

  • Maribel T.
    12/18/2019 09:06

    Hola soy Maribel alguien usa tu nombre! Colectar dinero

  • Madeleine O.
    12/13/2019 15:26

    Whow whow xxx

  • Aiko F.
    12/13/2019 07:26

    I love u Ellen

  • Elenor B.
    12/12/2019 16:11

    I adore u ellen no matter who u are ilove u so much ..

  • Heather R.
    12/10/2019 00:14

    I would cry of joy of i ever got to meet ellen

  • Linda G.
    12/07/2019 00:00

    Ellen is the most caring & giving person in the world I love what she stands for & I'm totally for her.Ellen may the good lord always bless you sweetie & watch over you for ever & for always ➕ Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 🎄🎊🎅🤶🦌🎁🍾🥂

  • Jase A.
    12/06/2019 13:12

    A great honour for Ellen who shows pure love to all. Congratulations.

  • Ted K.
    12/06/2019 10:40

    sick person

  • Julie S.
    12/06/2019 09:53

    Love this lady, inspirational, caring& completely brings her honest self , the world needs more Ellen’s go girl we love you 💕💕💕❤️

  • Sharon G.
    12/05/2019 21:00

    stay strong ellen,😊❤👍a fan,😊

  • Janet S.
    12/05/2019 20:07

    Two people that I really really love 💯💕🙏 I must say Ellen I love your beautiful eyes 😘😁

  • Renuka M.
    12/05/2019 11:08

    just love her... kind person❤️

  • Ellie S.
    12/05/2019 03:29

    Ellen you are one amazing lady, you bring so much joy and laughter to many... 🙂

  • Kim A.
    12/04/2019 19:53

    Omg that made me cry.! She’s absolutely gold worth a ton & more with the biggest hearts ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  • Eddie M.
    12/04/2019 13:31

    I don't like her

  • Raewyn N.
    12/03/2019 23:14

    Two beautiful souls.. love n light to you both xx

  • Marie P.
    12/03/2019 14:17

    God bless you Ellen 🙏

  • Blossom B.
    12/02/2019 20:40

    She is so Beautiful inside and out. An inspiration to all mankind. 😍 xx