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A dancing comedian with her own talk show who’s also a major LGBT role model? That would be Ellen DeGeneres. Get her story at Biography.com.

Ajarn Donald‘s insight:

Born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres became big as a stand-up comedian before starring on her own sitcom, Ellen. In 1997, she came out as gay and has become a staunch advocate of LGBT rights. She has been the host of her own award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003, and married girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2004.

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