Updated: 5/2/2020

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  • Love this city 
  • Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. She grew up with her brother Vence. Ellen was fascinated by what was around her and loved the city.
  • I might be good at comedy
  • Ellen's parents divorced when she was 13. When she was growing up, DeGeneres dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but she gave up the idea because she was "not book smart." 
  • Instead, she waited tables, sold vacuum cleaners, painted houses and worked as a legal secretary.
  • DeGeneres's older brother, Vance, an actor/comedian and former correspondent for The Daily Show, was long considered the humorous member of the family. Then once, during a public speaking event, DeGeneres found herself frightened by the crowd and used humor to get through the experience.
  • She got her big debut in 1986 when, acting on a tip from Jay Leno, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson sent a booking agent to catch her act at the Improv in Hollywood. As a result of that, DeGeneres appeared on The Tonight Show and earned the distinction of being the only female comic to be invited by Johnny Carson to sit on the famed "couch" during her first visit.
  • Soon Ellen decided she wanted to create her own show. In 2003, Ellen DeGeneres became a big hit with daytime viewers with her self-titled talk show, Ellen. Since its inception, the show has won a lot of awards, including a record 11 Daytime Emmys for a daytime talk show.