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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, TV personality, talk-show host, actress, writer, and producer, who provided the voice of Dory in the 2003 Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo, and reprised this role in the 2016 sequel Finding Dory. She also played Martha Alston in the 1996 Touchstone Pictures film Mr. Wrong and, at Epcot, was the celebrity featured in Universe of Energy: Ellen's Energy Adventure until the ride closed in 2017.

DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana and graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976. After one semester at the University of New Orleans, she left school and picked various jobs to make a living such waitressing, retail work, and clerical work in a law firm. She also began performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981, she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans and began to tour nationally.

By the late 1980s, DeGeneres began appearing in television roles for shows, like Open House, Laurie Hill, Roseanne, The Larry Sanders Show, Will & Grace, and her hit show Ellen, where she also served as writer and executive producer. Her film credits include Coneheads, Goodbye Lover, Dr. Dolittle, If These Walls Could Talk 2, and EDtv.

After coming out as a lesbian both on Ellen and real-life, the show was cancelled after one more season. DeGeneres, however, would reinvent herself as a host with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which garnered her positive reviews and accolades from 2003 to 2022. She also hosted Ellen's Game of Games, which was based off a segment on her talk show.

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  • Both Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, share the same birth month and the same birth zodiacs, as both were born on January and under the sign of Aquarius.
    • The only difference in this case is that Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, while Portia de Rossi was born on January 31, 15 years and 5 days apart.
  • She is the survivor of COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus 2019).
  • She has interviewed her co-stars on her talk show, such as Albert Brooks and Alexander Gould occasionally.

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