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Ellen DeGeneres: Lesbian Icon

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Ellen DeGeneres: First to Come Out:

Ellen DeGeneres' claim to fame is that she came out in 1997, the same time her sit-com character, Ellen Morgan came out on the TV show Ellen.

Ellen the Spokesperson:

Ellen came out on the cover of Time magazine, proclaiming, "Yep, I'm gay." This historic event caused both praise and scorn and cast Ellen into a limelight she never wanted. "I never wanted to be a spokesperson for the gay community," she said in Time.

In Love with Anne Heche:

At about the same time she came out, she told the world of her relationship with actor Anne Heche. That relationship ended in 2000, with Ellen heartbroken and depressed. She told the Advocate, "I felt like I would never live again. But you do."

All Good Things Must End:

Ellen's show, Ellen was cancelled in 1998, despite good ratings. There was simply too much backlash toward the network and advertisers about the gay content.

If These Walls Could Talk Two:

Ellen starred in another short-lived sitcom, The Ellen Show, in which she again played a lesbian. It was pulled after one season. But in 2000, Ellen starred and produced the hit HBO special, If These Walls Could Talk Two where she shares a loving and sexy scene with Sharon Stone.

Ellen's Loves:

Shortly after her break-up with Anne Heche, Ellen began dating photographer Alexandra Hedison in 2001. Alex and Ellen broke-up in late 2004 and Ellen began dating Portia de Rossi.

Ellen & Portia:

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were married on August 16th, 2008 in a small ceremony at their home.

Will Ellen & Portia have children? "Never say never," Ellen said in People. "When I'm around babies, I just melt."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

Ellen's true staying power has been tested in her super hit talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has become popular with middle American women, who tune in daily to watch a lesbian-next-door chit-chat with some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities.

A True Lesbian Icon:

Although she never wanted to be a political figure or a spokesperson for the gay community, Ellen has walked through the fire and blazed a path for all gay and lesbian actors to come after her. She went through a period of intense depression, but has risen to be one of the most popular women on television.

Some of Ellen's Accomplishements:

  • In 1982 Ellen won Showtime's Funniest Person in America Contest.
  • In 1986 she appeared on the Johnny Carson show and was the only female comedian to be invited to sit on the "couch" with Johnny after only one appearance.
  • Ellen twice hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Ellen hosted the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, February 25, 2007
  • Ellen authored two books: My Point, And I do Have One (1995) and The Funny Thing Is... (2003).
    Ellen has appeared in several movies including:
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • Mr. Wrong (1996)
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)

    Ellen's Awards:

  • People's Choice Awards: Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host(2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Talk Show (2007, 2006, 2004)
  • Outstanding Talk Show Host (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 )
  • Kids Choice Awards: Favorite Voice from an animated movie, Finding Nemo (2004)
  • Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Ellen (1994)
  • GLAAD Media Awards Stephen F. Kolzak Award (1998)
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