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Ellen Degeneres: Entertainer

Ellen Degeneres: Entertainer

by Dennis Abrams
     
 
In the late 1990s, after publicly announcing that she was gay, Ellen DeGeneres found herself out of work. She-and the character she played-had come out during the fourth season of her television sitcom, which was canceled shortly thereafter. DeGeneres thought her career as a comedian might be over. Through perseverance and talent, she built a new career for herself as

Overview

In the late 1990s, after publicly announcing that she was gay, Ellen DeGeneres found herself out of work. She-and the character she played-had come out during the fourth season of her television sitcom, which was canceled shortly thereafter. DeGeneres thought her career as a comedian might be over. Through perseverance and talent, she built a new career for herself as the host of an award-winning daytime talk show. Ellen DeGeneres tells her story, from her childhood in Louisiana and Texas, to her years as a stand-up comic, to her current position as one of the most recognizable faces on television.

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Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Paprocki's biography of Ellen takes us from her childhood in Louisiana to her success as a daytime talk show host and relays all of the up and downs in between. Some may argue that Ellen DeGeneres does not deserve the title she earned back in 1984—Funniest Person in America—but no one would argue that she is hard working and a spectacular performer. Teens may not remember the episode of her sitcom, in which Ellen revealed that her character was a lesbian, but they will understand the importance of the event to Ellen's career and personal life. Ellen's hiatus from the world of acting is briefly touched on, as is her break-up with girlfriend, Anne Heche, and subsequent marriage to Portia de Rossi. The advent of her daytime show and the use of her voice for the amnesic fish, Dory, in Finding Nemo brought Ellen to even higher heights. An awkward start is the only complaint for this otherwise well-written biography. Paprocki starts at the end of the story, with Ellen making her entrance to her DJ Tony Okungbowa's music. Less than two pages into Ellen's story, we are given a two-page bio of Tony. He does not steal her thunder, but this extraneous information might have been better suited for the end of the book. This is an additional purchase, but one that shines a special light on a Hollywood groundbreaker. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604130829
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Chelsea House Women of Achievement Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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