Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, actress, television host, writer, and producer. Starting in 1994, she starred as Ellen Morgan, a neurotic bookstore owner, in the popular sitcom Ellen. In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. A few months later, Ellen Morgan also came out as a lesbian on the show, in "The Puppy Episode", which is now regarded as one of the most iconic and influential LGBT moments ever on television.

After the cancellation of Ellen in 1998, Ellen returned with a new sitcom called The Ellen Show, which aired from 2001-2002 but was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 2003, she became the host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a daytime talk show, which is still on the air as of 2017.

Ellen is also known for her roles in a number of films, most famously her voice acting as Dory, a fish with short term memory loss, in Pixar's Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.

She married longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2008.

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