December 13, 2012
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
Ellen DeGeneres (1958- )
A Louisiana native, DeGeneres began her public career as a stand-up comedian after a number of working class experiences as a waitress, house painter and bartender. She had a sitcom for several years before her syndicated talk program The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has won multiple Emmys. She has appeared in several movies and is in demand as a voice actor, especially since her award-winning role as Dory in Finding Nemo. Her wisecracking ability to think on her feet has made her a memorable host of the Emmys and the Academy Awards. She famously came out as a lesbian on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 and is married to Portia Rossi. DeGeneres is an animal rights activist and owns a vegan tapas bar in Los Angeles.