DeGeneres, Ellen Lee
1958 - Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 26th of January. American comedian and television talk show host.
1976 - Ellen attended the University of New Orleans as a communication major, but she dropped out after one semester.
1981 - She did an act and was asked to perform as a stand-up comedian at small clubs and coffeehouses, and eventually became the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club.
1982 - Traveled around the United States performing her comedy act.
- She was chosen in a national competition by the cable channel Showtime as the funniest person in America.
1997 - Reached its height of attention in April when DeGeneres came out of the closet on national television and publicly declared that she was a lesbian to Oprah Winfrey, who played her therapist.
1999 - Intended to marry Anne Heche if Vermont's plans to legalize gay marriages go through.
2000 - She had split with Heche after being together for 3 1/2 years.
2003 - Launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
2004 - Appeared, dancing, in an ad campaign for American Express.
- Has been in a relationship with Portia de Rossi.
2006 - Made a surprise appearance at the Tulane University commencement in New Orleans.
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