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Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26 1958) Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian best known as the host of her talk show 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'.

Net worth: Ellen DeGeneres' net worth is $250 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2010).

Childhood: Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana. Her parents were speech therapist Elizabeth Jane 'Betty' Pfeffer and insurance agent Elliott Everett DeGeneres; the couple divorced in 1974. She was brought up as Christian Scientist until her early teens. DeGeneres attended Atlanta High School before majoring in communication studies at The University Of New Orleans. She soon dropped out to work with her cousin at a law firm. Among her other jobs were selling clothes at the Lakeside Shopping Centre and J.C. Penney, waitressing at TGI Friday's, painting houses, hostessing and bartending.

Career Ellen: DeGeneres' stand-up comedy career began in small venues. She emceed at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans before touring around the country. By 1982, she had been dubbed Showtime's Funniest Person in America. She appeared on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' in 1986. DeGeneres featured in 'Open House' and the film 'Coneheads'. She was cast in the sitcom 'Laurie Hill' in 1992 by producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black to play Nurse Nancy MacIntrye. The show was soon cancelled, however Marlens and Black enjoyed her performance so much that they cast her in their pilot 'These Friends Of Mine'; a show which was later titled 'Ellen' and ran between 1994 and 1998. The show hit huge ratings after she came out as homosexual. As part of a new attraction named 'Ellen's Energy Adventure' at 'Universe of Energy' - a pavillion at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park - she appeared in a series of three films. The ride opened in 1996. DeGeneres landed her first recurring TV role as Margo Van Meter in 'Open House', starring alongside Alison LaPlaca and Mary Page Keller. In 2003, DeGeneres started her daytime talk show, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. The show won 25 Primetime Emmys over the course of the first three series. In 2006, she flew her graduating class to California to appear on the show during their 30 year anniversary reunion. In 2009, she celebrated the 1000th episode with guests including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton. DeGeneres replaced judge Paula Abdul on 'American Idol' for the ninth season, but left the show after that season despite a 5 season contract. DeGeneres is also known for hosting the worlds biggest award ceremonies, among them being the 2001 and 2005 Emmys, the 1996 and 1997 Grammys and 79th and 86th Oscars. DeGeneres has also done some voice acting, most notably as a fish with short term memory less named Dory in the animated film 'Finding Nemo,' which won her a handful of awards such as a Saturn Award, a Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for 'Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie' and an Annie Award for 'Outstanding Voice Acting'. She also lent her voice to a dog in 'Dr. Dolittle'. DeGeneres won American Express an Emmy for their 2006 commercial featuring her working with animals. In 2008, DeGeneres began working with Cover Girl Cosmetics, but was criticised due to her animal rights values clashing with Cover Girl's use of animal testing. As of 2010 DeGeneres has her own record label called Eleveneleven. Greyson Chance was the first acted the label signed.

Personal Life: Ellen DeGeneres is openly homosexual. She had a relationship with actress Anne Heche which lasted from 1997 to 2000. She then dated Alexandria Hedison from 2001 to 2004, before entering into a relationship with Portia De Rossi who she married in 2008. DeGeneres is vegan and a 'big animal lover', running a vegan outreach program called 'Going Vegan with Ellen'. Her work to protect animals had her named 'Woman of the Year' by PETA in 2009. In 2010, DeGeneres was the campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's 'Adopt A Turkey' Project, which asked people to start a new Thanksgiving tradition of adopting a turkey to replace the current tradition of eating one.



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Keira Knightley Welcomes Baby Girl With Husband James Righton


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Keira Knightley is believed to have given birth to a baby girl, her first child with her husband James Righton.

Multiple sources are said to have confirmed to E! News that the 30 year old actress and her 31 year old husband, formerly a member of nu-rave band Klaxons, welcomed their daughter into the world in London on Tuesday (May 26th).

Knightley and Righton got married in the south of France in May 2013, having been dating since early 2011. They announced that they were expecting a baby in December last year.

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Melissa McCarthy Honoured With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame [Pictures]


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Melissa McCarthy has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The unveiling ceremony took place on Tuesday (19th May). The 44-year-old actress was overwhelmed with the honour and still couldn't believe someone wasn't "just kidding" her!

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Ellen Degeneres and Melissa McCarthy - American comedy actress Melissa McCarthy was photographed as she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 18th May 2015

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Melissa McCarthy and Ellen Degeneres - American comedy actress Melissa McCarthy was photographed as she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 19th May 2015

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Kelly Brook's US Sitcom 'One Big Happy' Axed After Just One Season


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Just a month and a half following its television debut, Kelly Brook’s American comedy show ‘One Big Happy’ has been cancelled.

NBC has decided to axe the sitcom after just six episodes due to its dismal ratings, it was announced on Saturday. In response, the 35 year old British model took to social media to tell her fans that it was nevertheless the most “rewarding” opportunity she had ever taken in her life.

“The most incredible, creatively challenging and most rewarding job I have ever had,” she posted on Instagram. “I will miss this Family so much. We laughed, cried and ate a lot of cheese together over the past 18months. Friendships for life not just a season.”

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Netflix Orders Ellen DeGeneres' Series 'Green Eggs and Ham'


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Netflix has ordered a 13-epsiode series of Green Eggs and Ham, an adaptation of Dr Seuss's classic 1960 children's book. Ellen Degeneres will executive produce the show with Warner Bros. TV Group.

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"We think this will be a hit. Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit for our growing slate of amazing stories available exclusively in all Netflix territories. You can stream it on a phone. You can stream it on your own. You can stream it on TV. You can stream it globally," said Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP of original content - channelling Dr Seuss's famous meter.

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Pink Replies To Body Shamers On Twitter


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Pink has become the latest celebrity to speak out against social media body-shaming. The 35 year old singer took to Twitter after receiving some barbed criticisms about her physique, having attended a cancer benefit evening on Saturday (April 11th).

“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight,” she tweeted on Sunday evening, via a short statement she had prepared and then screen-grabbed.

PinkPink responded to the body-shamers on Sunday

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Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Apologises For Kelly Clarkson Weight Comments


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The Fox News anchor at the centre of the Kelly Clarkson “fat-shaming” controversy this weekend has publicly apologised to the singer at to those offended by his comments. Chris Wallace had made the remarks during an interview with conservative radio pundit Mike Gallagher on the latter’s show.

In a statement issued to Mediaite on Sunday night, the 67 year old anchor said: “I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her.”

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Kelly Clarkson was the subject of yet another jibe about her figure

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Hilary Duff Wanted Her Bikini Instagram Post To "Inspire Other Women" To Love Their Bodies


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Hilary Duff wanted to use her recent revealing post on Instagram to inspire other women to feel confident and proud of their bodies. The 27-year-old actress admitted posting a bikini picture was something she had never done before but felt good about her body and wanted others to '#loveyourbod'.

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Hilary Duff wanted to inspire other women by promoting a positive body image.

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Kerry Washington Draws Tears With GLAAD Vanguard Award Speech


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Kerry Washington  added another appearance to her impressive record to her already impressive record as an advocate for diversity, human rights and gender equality. On Saturday, the Scandal star was named the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards Vanguard winner and her speech brought the audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Washington compared the problems of the LGBT community to civil rights struggles of the past.

The award is given out every year by the GLAAD to the most prominent and active allies of the LGBT community, as determined by the non-profit organization. "When I was told that I was going to get an award for being an ally to GLAAD, it got me thinking," she said to the crowd, which included Ellen Degeneres, Portia De Rossi, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana.

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Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015

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Portia De Rossi and Ellen Degeneres - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st March 2015

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Justin Bieber's Neighbour To Sue For Emotional Distress, Claims Bieber's Bodyguard Used Anti-Semitic Slur


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Justin Bieber is being sued by his former neighbour. Jeff Schwartz is suing Bieber on the grounds of emotional distress. Schwartz is claiming Bieber's bodyguard addressed him using an anti-Semitic slur and Bieber was frequently rude to his wife and young daughter. He further claims Bieber's loud parties, drag races and other anti-social behaviour deep affected the Calabasas neighbourhood in which they both lived at the time.

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Justin Bieber is being sued by his former neighbour.

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Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres Also Like To Move It, Especially to the Tune of "Uptown Funk"


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We didn't think it was possible to pack this much awesomeness into one sentence, but here it is: Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres just posted a video of themselves dancing to Uptown Funk. 

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Ellen and the First Lady are actually age-old workout buddies.

It was all in honour of the FOTUS' Let's Move campaign, its five year anniversary, to be precise. So, being the skilled multi-tasker that she is, Mrs. Obama decided to kill two (actually, several) birds with one stone. 

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#TheDress Divides The Internet. What Do You See? Blue & Black Or White & Gold?


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A picture of a dress from fashion retailer Roman Originals has split the internet. Around half of people see the dress as black and blue whilst the other half sees white and gold. The picture of the dress went viral earlier this week when Caitlin McNeill, a 21-year-old singer from Scotland, posted the image on her Tumblr account. The story was soon picked up on by such news outlets as Buzzfeed, further fuelling the debate.

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Kim Kardashian sees the dress as white and gold but Kanye West sees blue and black.

Read More: Taylor Swift Donates $50,000 From Her Own Song To NYC Schools.

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