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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.

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DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

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Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.

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Carson likened her to Bob Newhart, and invited her for an onscreen chat after her set; DeGeneres was the first female comedian invited by the iconic host to join him for such a discussion, at a time when such an invitation was widely regarded as one of the most influential endorsements available for a comic.

George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor.

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As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv, and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory ; for Nemo, she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time an actress won a Saturn Award for a voice performance.

The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; it was initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but has since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as on television and home media releases.

Pixar, also referred to as Pixar Animation Studios, is an American computer animation film studio based in Emeryville, California that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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In 2010, she was a judge on American Idol for its ninth season.

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America.

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She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002.

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During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Oprah Winfrey Show, often referred to simply as Oprah, is an American syndicated tabloid talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from September 8, 1986 to May 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Shortly afterward, her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process.

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

Therapy is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis.

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This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television.

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In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi.

Portia Lee James DeGeneres, also known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian–American actress, model, and philanthropist.

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DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys.

The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

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She has authored three books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven.

eleveneleven is a record label founded in 2010 by Mike Hamlin, Ellen DeGeneres and her production company, A Very Good Production, in association with longtime affiliate Warner Bros. DeGeneres announced it on her show saying that the label would concentrate on less known artists and that she had been looking for videos of performances on YouTube.

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She has won 29 Emmys, 20 People's Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.

The People's Choice Awards is an American awards show, recognizing the people and the work of popular culture, voted on by the general public.

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In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States.

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current President of the United States.

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