10 interesting facts about Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres is of French, Irish, English and German descent.

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Before her big break in comedy, Ellen worked as a bartender, a paralegal, a vacuum cleaner saleswoman, TGIFriday's waitress and an oyster shucker in New Orleans.

3
Madonna is Ellen DeGeneres' eleventh cousin.

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Ellen DeGeneres began performing stand-up in 1981 and was named Showtime's "Funniest Person in America" just one year later.

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In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on her popular sitcom Ellen to Oprah who was acting as her therapist.

6
Ellen was the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo."

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In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Ellen DeGeneres a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness

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Ellen DeGeneres uses an elliptical machine to help her keep in shape now while she watches one of her favorite TV channels, "Animal Planet."

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Ellen set up a 'Hurricane Katrina' relief fund, that raised seven million dollars.

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Ellen DeGeneres turned down a role in Friends before starring in Ellen.