Some Lesser Known Facts About Ellen Degeneres
- Does Ellen Degeneres smoke: Not Known
- Does Ellen Degeneres drink alcohol: Yes
- Ellen DeGeneres is of French, Irish, English and German descent.
- Before making it big in the entertainment industry, Ellen worked as a bartender, a waitress, a paralegal, a vaccum cleaner saleswoman and a painter.
- Ellen DeGeneres began performing stand-up in 1981 and was named Showtime’s “Funniest Person in America” the following year.
- She is the 11th cousin of Singer-Actress Madonna.
- When Degeneres appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1986, she became the first female comedian ever to be asked to sit on the “hot seat.”
- In 1997, Ellen came out publicly as a lesbian. For this display of courage, almost 20 years later, President Barack Obama honored her with the Medal of Freedom. In a speech to honour Ellen’s contribution, she was referred to as someone who “lifted spirits” and “brought joy”.
- Ellen was the voice of Dory in Finding Nemo.