Ellen Degeneres was the subject of a media frenzy when she publicly came out of the closet in 1997 with an appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and a cover story in ‘Time’ magazine. Soon afterward, she made TV history by having her character on her sitcom ‘Ellen’ admit to being a lesbian on air. The incident made Ellen one of the most famous openly gay celebrities and a leading figure in the gay movement. Due to the controversy, Ellen’s career had started to backslide at this point, but she bounced back after providing the hilarious and unforgettable voice of Dory in Pixar’s wildly popular film ‘Finding Nemo.’ Following in the footsteps of comediennes like Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner, Ellen continues to prove that ladies’ antics can be just as funny as those of men. Ellen now hosts her own successful daytime talk show and is married to actress Portia de Rossi.
Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, television host and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first and only time a voice performance won a Saturn Award. She was a judge on American Idol for one year, having joined the show in its ninth season. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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