Beginning her stand-up comedy career with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 1980s, Ellen flourished into a film actress in films such as The Love Letter and providing her voice as Dory in the Pixar production Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. She was the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance. Ellen is also an incredible presenter, author of four books and owns her own record company, Eleveneleven and production company, A Very Good Production.
In 1997, DeGeneres announced she was lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show she notably did this at the same time her character Ellen Morgan came out to a therapist played by Oprah in sitcom Ellen. She used the show as a platform to discuss many LGBT issues.
Throughout her career, Ellen has won 30 Emmy Awards and is the most awarded person with the People’s Choice Award with an astonishing 20 wins. Also receiving awards for her charitable efforts as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ellen is an honoured and valued member of society.
Ellen describes herself as a vegan and a “big animal lover,” she was an ambassador to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2010 and spoke against Donald Trump when he began allowing the importation of elephant trophies from Africa. It was at this time when she began working very closely with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust as well as donating any money raised by numerous campaigns she set up through her brand ED Ellen DeGeneres.
Due to her strong passion for animals, DeGeneres was gifted a permanent gorilla home by wife Portia de Rossi in Rwanda, the new arm of the Digit Fund is now named the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
Overall, Ellen has an admirably positive outlook on life, she is not afraid to talk about her beliefs and values and is a fantastic role model for the younger generation.