10 interesting facts about Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is of French, Irish, English and German descent.
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.
Madonna is Ellen DeGeneres' eleventh cousin.
Ellen DeGeneres began performing stand-up in 1981 and was named Showtime's "Funniest Person in America" just one year later.
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on her popular sitcom Ellen to Oprah who was acting as her therapist.
Ellen was the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo."
In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Ellen DeGeneres a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness
Ellen DeGeneres uses an elliptical machine to help her keep in shape now while she watches one of her favorite TV channels, "Animal Planet."
Ellen set up a 'Hurricane Katrina' relief fund, that raised seven million dollars.
Ellen DeGeneres turned down a role in Friends before starring in Ellen.