Welcome to Ellen DeGeneres (1958) for our Day 22.
Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
In 1997, during the fourth season of Ellen in 1997 and whilst appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen came out publicly as a lesbian. Her Ellen character Ellen Morgan followed suit shortly afterwards while speaking to a therapist (played by Winfrey), and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process.
This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television, and attracted a great deal of press attention which she later said had caused her emotional difficulty and also negatively affected her career.
In 2008, Ellen married her long-time girlfriend Portia de Rossi, who legally petitioned for a change of name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. California legislative changes initially made the status of the marriage uncertain, but it was later validated by the state Supreme Court, and Portia’s petition was accepted in September 2010.
As a film actress, amongst other credits, DeGeneres provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003).
You can view the site for her show, here: http://www.ellentv.com/