(born January 26
) is a popular American
actress and stand-up comedian. She is known for her successful 1990s
sitcom, "Ellen". The show was hugely popular for its first few seasons, even though DeGeneres was a known lesbian
. It caused controversy, however, which would eventually lead to declining ratings for the show, in 1996
, when DeGeneres' sitcom character came out of the closet, confirming that she was a lesbian as well. In spite of the controversy, or maybe because of it, the outing episode was one of the highest-rated episodes of the show, before or after.
DeGeneres was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
DeGeneres' films have included:
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