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DeGeneres, Ellen Lee

Born: 1958 AD
Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians

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.