America's Popular Icon Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show

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Breaking into the Business

Ellen DeGeneres is one of America's most famous comedians and was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana.  As DeGeneres was growing up she wanted to be a veterinarian but gave up the thought since she wasn't “book smart”.  Vance DeGeneres, Ellen DeGeneres’s older brother, was considered the comedian in the family for a while until once, when DeGeneres was in a public speaking event she was fearful of the crowd and used joking to get through the event.  By the late 1970's when DeGeneres had finished creating a comedy act for a few of her friends she was asked to perform in a coffee house. Soon she was travelling around the U.S. on the comedy club circuit.  When Ellen DeGeneres was asked to be on The Tonight Show she obtained the honor of being the first female comedian to be asked by Johnny Carson to sit on the famous “couch” the first time she visited. She soon started making routine visits on the talk show circuit.  For example she went on shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America etc.

Ellen DeGeneres on The Tonight Show.

Above is where Ellen DeGeneres was born.

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Coming Out of The Closet

Ellen DeGeneres starred in a TV show called These Friends of Mine later changed to Ellen in 1994. In April 1997 the show faced strong negativity when Ellen’s character became the first lead character to openly acknowledge her homosexuality on the air.  As a result of this, the episode got a whopping 46 million views and it also won Ellen a Peabody Award.  During the remainder of the season ABC executives and Ellen faced more negativity. But they also received a round of applause from gay-friendly supporters like Ellen’s mom, Betty DeGeneres, who went on many talk shows to support her daughter. But even though they got an Emmy for the episode of her coming out and the fact that there was a supportive audience the show was cancelled in 1998.  DeGeneres went on to take part in roles on successful HBO specials.

Ellen DeGeneres on the show called Ellen

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Ellen's Success in The 2000's

Ellen DeGeneres has been included in Times “100 Most Influential” and Forbes‘s ‘’100 Most Powerful” lists.  In 2003 Ellen DeGeneres voiced the character Dory in Finding Nemo and got two Emmy nominations the next year for her stand-up comedy act called Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. Ellen DeGeneres eventually moved to daytime television in 2003 with her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  DeGeneres hosted the Academy Awards for the first time in 2007 and has also has hosted the Emmy’s twice.  She married Portia de Rossi on August 16, 2008.  Then in 2010, Ellen DeGeneres became the fourth judge on American Idol, and has become a sought out representative for popular campaigns like JCPenny, Covergirl, and American Express.  She is the successful author of My Point… And Do I Have One, The Funny Thing Is…, and Seriously… I’m Kidding. Out of her countless humanitarian efforts she has supported Hurricane Katrina victims, global warming, animal rescue, anti-bullying campaigns, and breast cancer awareness organizations.

My version of Ellen DeGeneres's book cover for her book called Seriously… I’m Kidding.

Website's Purpose and Publisher

Hi my name is Olivia A and I picked Ellen DeGeneres for my website because I really like her talk show and her comedy.  I like how her comedy is funny without being hurtful to other people.  Also I made this website because my English teacher told me to.  I hope you enjoyed it!

Works Cited

"Ellen DeGeneres." Britannica School. Encyclopeadia Britannica, Inc., 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/477003>.

"Ellen DeGeneres." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.

"Ellen DeGeneres." MAKERS. N.p., 2012. Web. 04 Jan. 2015.

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What made you want to do Ellen for your research project?

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Did you know about Ellen before you did this project?

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I knew about her before I did this project.

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Very good job, had many facts

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Has she been in any movies?

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She seems like an interesting person. How many people bought her book Seriously I'm kidding

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Why was the name These Friends of Mine changed to Ellen? Was it unpopular with the viewers or something?

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How long have you been watching her show.

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I've been watching her show for a few years.