She starred in the sitcom Ellen from to and has hosted her syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show , since Her stand-up career started in the early s and included a appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. In , she served as a judge on the ninth season of American Idol. She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from to and The Ellen Show from to During the fourth season of Ellen in , she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi felt an undeniable attraction when they first met. After the two were introduced at a Rock the Vote concert, de Rossi, 48, recalls running after DeGeneres, 63, backstage. I just knew that being with her would be a bit of a thing for me, so we didn't get together after that for about three years. And it surprised me. It was a big deal for her to be seen with me. The very first time we were photographed together was when I joined her at the Golden Globes after-party. And that's when everyone knew that we were together.
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Like most pioneers across time, Ellen brushed past the risks knowing full well that there was peril in stepping off the ledge. When Ellen DeGeneres and her television character came out of the closet simultaneously, the media hurricane was a Category 5 and the backlash included hate mail, death threats, and ultimately the cancellation of her show. To learn more about Ellen and to view an excerpt of the famous coming out episode of her show, have a look at the links below. Read about that story here. For more information about Matthew Shepard, have a look at the website for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
On December 1, , which marked the 15th anniversary of the couple's first date, DeGeneres surprised de Rossi with a plane carrying a banner that read "15" followed by a heart. In a video DeGeneres posted on Instagram, she jokes that she should have been more specific about the size of the banner, which is comically difficult to read from the sky. It shows the couple first seeing one another in their dress and tuxedo, respectively. DeGeneres captioned it, "Ten years ago today. This was such a special day for us," accompanied by a heart emoji.