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Ellen Degeneres and her legacy
Transcript of Ellen Degeneres and her legacy
After being rejected multiple times from the TV industry, in 1994 she starred in her own sitcom on ABC, first known as "These Friends of Mine, renamed "Ellen" after the first season.
Three years after this sitcom was first aired, she revealed in the show that her character, Ellen, was a lesbian- also leading to her coming out as well.
Because of this, the show was canceled due to declining rates.
She returned to television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom,The Ellen Show.
Then launched a daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September 2003.
In May of 2009, Ellen celebrated her 1000th episode.
Also made an appearance on American Idol for a season.
"To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are. I'm confident, I live honestly and truthfully and I think that's why i was chosen as the first fifty-year-old, openly gay Cover-Girl. It's just a bonus that I have devastatingly blue eyes."
Ellen Lee DeGeneres
Born in Metairie, Louisiana on January 26th, 1958.
Graduated Atlanta High School in 1976.
Attended University of New Orleans with a major in communications but dropped out after one semester.
She had a variety of jobs until she decided on becoming a stand-up comedian.
After touring nationally, she was named the funniest person in America.
After receiving this title, she landed appearances on different talk shows, first with Johnny Carson in 1986.
The Ellen Degeneres show has won 35 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Ellen has won 11 People's Choice Awards
Won the Teen Choice Award for "Choice Comedian" for the 3rd consecutive year,
Won a Genesis Award
Won a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Talk Show Episode"
Ellen DeGeneres has been included in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women
Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
Everything Else She's Done...
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has raised over 50 million dollars and brought attention to various causes, including global warming and breast cancer awareness.
She served as a spokesperson for General Mills' breast cancer awareness initiative, Pink for the Cure, and hosted special episodes of her show to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Supports The Gentle Barn orginization that homes and hospitalizes animals that were abused.
Worked with Ben Afflek to launch the "Small Change Campaign" that benefits Feeding America.
Supports the Hurrican Katrina Fund through the American Red Cross.
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
Artists Against Racism
Best Friends Animal Society
Children's Health Fund
Clothes Off Our Back
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Habitat For Humanity
Halo Pet Foundation
It Gets Better Project
Love Our Children USA
Make It Right
Malaria No More
Musicians on Call
Save The Music Foundation
Society for Animal Protective Legislation
Stand Up To Cancer
Stephen J Wampler Foundation
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
STOMP Out Bullying
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Gentle Barn
The Humane Society
The Trevor Project
Just to name a few charities she supports...
Ellen as an Author/Entertainer
By: Nicole Altman and Katie Cikovsky
Published in 1995, "My Point... And I Do Have One" was Number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
2nd novel published in 2003 "The Funny Thing Is..."
was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album
3rd novel released October 4th, 2011 called "Seriously... I'm Kidding"
Ellen has made us cry from laughter, gave us the courage to be ourselves, and brought important issues to our attention. With her great talent, she makes many laugh and always makes us look at the brighter side of things. She will always be known and remembered as a humorous, loveable, generous, helping, and beautiful person.
From her novel: Seriously... I'm Kidding
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her humor.
The amount of prizes and awards she has been given throughout her career proves that she has a remarkable talent for making people laugh.
This line from her novel defines today's society and our growing acceptance of the gay community.
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