Ellen DeGeneres

By: Amber Parker

Background

  • Ellen was born on January 26, 1958
  • She originally wanted to be a vet, but gave up on that dream when she realized that she wasn't book smart
  • Her parents got divorced when she was 13
  • She began to start her career as a comedian in 1981
  • She found interest in comedy by making jokes at the stupid things people do

Interesting Facts

  • Ellen was selected by a pay-cable station showtime as "America's Funniest Person"
  • The "Ellen DeGeneres Show" came out in 2003, and it was a big hit
  • She is one of America's well-known comedians
  • Ellen is an Emmy winning talk show host
  • She is 5 foot 7 1/2 inches tall

Risks Ellen Took

  • Dropped out of college her freshman year to pursue her career as a comedian
  • She was able to over come her stage fright
  • She came out on national TV as being gay
  • Risked being perceived as someone who is gay instead of a professional comedian

Why Ellen did not Risk it all

  • She was already a big success when she came out
  • Ellen had already gotten her own show
  • At this period in time gays had started to become even more accepted