Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
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.