We all know Ellen DeGeneres as the quirky TV host, stand- up comic, and hilarious Cover Girl spokesperson, but her always giving and generous ways has shown us that she is one inspirational woman and our #WCW. Born on January 26, 1958, Ellen has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 1997, Ellen braved the public eye and came out as a lesbian. This sparked clamorous interest by American tabloids and also from her fans. On August 16th, 2008 Ellen happily married the love of her life, Portia de Rossi. The two blonde love birds celebrated this magical moment with an intimate and elegant ceremony held on Beverly Hills. The couple had only about nineteen people at their wedding, making it a very special day for them both.
Miss DeGeneres started her road to fame by doing stand-up skits at local comedy clubs and coffee houses. With Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences, in 1981 she became the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans. Throughout the years, Ellen has made numerous cameos on tons of TV shows and really started to make a name for herself. In September, 2003 she launched her daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Although at this time, her show wasn’t the only one to premier, it quickly rose to the top of the charts! It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show has won 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons on the air.
Ellen is commonly known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks, and also being very generous with giving away free prizes and trips to her studio audience with the help of her sponsors. Aside from dancing around the aisles of her studio, she also dances around in her fans hearts by constantly helping out those in need. “I just set out to make people laugh, and to get very, VERY rich.” If you watched Ellen’s hilarious, yet heartwarming speech during this year’s People’s Choice Awards (she won the favorite humanitarian award), you would have heard the many charities and organizations she is a part of.
During her speech, she selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary of the annual donation which was presented by Walgreens. “I am so honored to be receiving the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award. I think it sums me up perfectly as I am both a human and an itarian,” Ellen says while accepting her award.
All in all, Ellen is a bad b!tch and a woman after my own heart! At the end of each show, she signs off by saying, “be kind to one another.” And I think that is a lesson we can all take home!