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Voted Funniest Person In America, in 1982.
"Best Female Club Standup:" Comedy Awards 1991
Came out in her show "Ellen" (1994). (April 1997)
Sister of Vance DeGeneres (guest appearance on "Ellen" as host of book chat show). Vance also played bass in 80's rock group "House of Schock", and was "Mr. Hands" in Saturday Night Live's "Mr. Bill" short films.
Named "Entertainer of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly 26 December 1997/2 January 1998, issues 411/412
Intends to marry Anne Heche if Vermont's plans to legalize gay marriages go through. (1999)
Spoke at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Pointed out that many film plots and images in Hollywood are "heterosexist, " meaning that the filmmakers allow heterosexual characters dominate the screen. She would like to see actors and actresses portray more gay and lesbian couples. Came out as a lesbian first to her mother Betty DeGeneres at the age of 18. Betty DeGeneres is a devoted gay rights activist. (1999)
Worked as an Oparalegal before becoming a comedienne.
Has two dogs named Bootsie and Muffin.
When Ellen came out as a lesbian on her show in April 1997, ABC's affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama refused to air the landmark episode. Some of the show's sponsors withdrew their advertisements, one of which was Chrysler.
Was initially reluctant to do a love scene with Sharon Stone in "If These Walls Could Talk 2, " but Ellen's girlfriend Anne Heche, who was directing this particular segment of the film, encouraged her to do it. Ellen eventually gave in.
Split with partner Anne Heche after being together for 3 1/2 years. (August 2000)
Dating Alexandra Hedison (April 2001)
In 1999, intended to marry Anne Heche if Vermont's plans to legalize gay marriages go through. By August 2000, she had split with Heche after being together for 3 1/2 years.
Putting together a talk show to air by September 2003.
Worked as paralegal before becoming a comedienne.
Her last name is pronounced "duh-generous".
Used to sell vacuum cleaners before she was discovered.