Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen DeGeneres

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All Ellen DeGeneres wanted to be was funny. She kept her humor clean and steered clear of politics and social agendas, instead honing a quirky, off-center, mistrustful view of the world.

Kathleen Tracy follows the meteoric rise of Ellen DeGeneres's career and the controversy surrounding her coming out as a person and a sit com character on national television. Full of insider tidbits and fascinating glimpses of Ellen's life, Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen Degeneres ,...

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Overview

All Ellen DeGeneres wanted to be was funny. She kept her humor clean and steered clear of politics and social agendas, instead honing a quirky, off-center, mistrustful view of the world.

Kathleen Tracy follows the meteoric rise of Ellen DeGeneres's career and the controversy surrounding her coming out as a person and a sit com character on national television. Full of insider tidbits and fascinating glimpses of Ellen's life, Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen Degeneres , makes for a page turning read.

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This star bio by entertainment journalist Tracy qualifies as the "real" story of Ellen DeGeneres. The book traces her life from her mother's first and subsequent marriages to the cancellation of Ellen in 1998. Avoiding juicy speculation, Tracy focuses on the mundane details of DeGeneres's crowning as the "funniest person in America" in 1982 and her rise to sitcom fame and failure in the 1990s. Allegations of ego struggles surface in the multiple firings and cast restructuring following Ellen's premiere, but Tracy remains neutral, offering both sides and allowing readers to choose. There is nothing remarkable in this story of a woman caught between studio bias and her own self-defeating actions, but we are left with an awareness of DeGeneres's enduring humor and a hope that she will return to television soon. Most public libraries will want to add this to their collection of celebrity biographies.--Kelli N. Perkins, Herrick P.L., Holland, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786017508
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN TRACY was a portrait photographer for 10 years before she became a photojournalist and professional author. Her work has been included in A&E Biography, KidScreen, and Television International. She is the author of more than 20 books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2010

    Not worth your money!

    I love Ellen but this "book" is nothing more than a collection of what you can read on newstands across the country on any given day. It was a GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT and I wish I had read more before I put my money down! The author lacks caring for the subject. I found it to be your basic BORING READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Rehash

    This book gives a decent insite to Ellen's life beginning with her childhood in New Orleans. It gives good overall information, but it does not give a lot of personal information that could not be found elsewhere. All the information in this book could be found on the internet, old magazines, and interviews. This was definetly not the most detailed and researched biography I have ever read. There are no interviews between Kathleen Tracy and Ellen herself. There are also no interviews with close friends or family. I do not recommend this biography to any Ellen fans, because most of the information can found elsewhere. However, it is the only biography of Ellen DeGeneres available right now and it contains a good overview of her life. So if you are looking for a general summary of her past you might find this book helpful.

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