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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  • Debbie B.
    09/04/2020 20:44

    Who really cares!

  • Karen W.
    08/21/2020 15:57


  • 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


  • 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

  • Christian A.
    08/06/2020 11:49

    And she treats her staff like crap. Great person....😏

  • Bergies D.
    08/06/2020 11:38

    And an absolute nightmare to work for

  • Rachel S.
    08/06/2020 07:47

    It is natural to be LGBTQ+ and it doesn’t cause harm to anyone else. If you aren’t part of the LGBT community and you feel not talking about their rights or suppressing them is okay then you better introspect. We are allowed to have opinions about people, but we are not allowed to discriminate. That should be the universal way of thinking. If you do not belong to LGBTQ community it is none of my or your business to bring pain or hurt anyone regardless of the religion, colour , beauty or even LOVE. Their pain is extremely sad, they live in constant fear in an indictment of a ignorant, hypocritical and shameful society.Read more...

  • Michael T.
    08/06/2020 05:48

    It is time for her to walk away because she lost respect for people around her. Fake has become her persona!!!!!

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