Born 26th. January, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
US comedian and actor.
She was voted Funniest Person in America in 1982.
She received the 1991 Comedy Award for Best Female Club Standup.
She played the lead role in the US ABC network sitcom Ellen which became famous when her lead character came out as gay. Also in 1997 Ellen DeGeneres herself also came out publicly as gay. Time magazine had her on the cover with the caption 'Yep, I'm gay'.
In one episode of the sitcom Chastity Bono played the role of counsellor discussing with Ellen her coming out. In the same episode kd lang appeared as a singer.
Ellen DeGeneres was named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly in 1997.
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