Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actress, writer, andtelevision producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellenfrom 1994 to 1998, and has her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as lesbian. The bold disclosure of her sexual orientation sparked clamorous interest by American tabloids. The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted DeGeneres’ professional career and left her “mired in depression”. That same year, she started a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted until August 2000. In her book Love, Ellen, DeGeneres’s mother, Betty DeGeneres describes being initially shocked when her daughter came out, but has become one of her strongest supporters; she is also an active member of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project.
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