This latest volume in the Greenwood Biographies series explores the many faces of Ellen DeGeneres as groundbreaking gay icon, child abuse survivor, and Hollywood's leading funny lady.
In 1997 Ellen DeGeneres made television history when she came out to the American public on her nationally syndicated sitcom. In spite of the controversy stirred by this personal revelation, Ellen DeGeneres has gone on to become on one the most popular personalities in Hollywood. With her own highly rated daily talk show, a lucrative ad campaign with American Express, and a successful turn as Oscar host to her credit, she has become one of America's leading female comedians and won her has place a household name. High profile romances with actresses Anne Heche and fiance Portia de Rossi, have also made a her an unassuming champion for gay and lesbian rights. Ellen Degeneres' monumental success, however, belies a painful childhood and uncertain career beginnings. This comprehensive and intriguing biography explores the life events that shaped the hilarious public figure we know today.
Complete with a chronology of significant events, illustrations, and a bibliography of print and electronic resources, this detailed biography is ideal for general readers looking to learn more about their favorite star or for those seeking information on groundbreaking members of the gay and lesbian community.
Series Foreword Foreword Timeline: Events in the Life of Ellen DeGeneres Chapter 1 The Birth of a Star Chapter 2 Striking Out on Her Own Chapter 3 A Funny Thing Happened Chapter 4 The Puppy Episode Chapter 5 Yup, Im Gay. Chapter 6 The Aftermath Chapter 7 Bouncing Back Chapter 8 Just Keep Dancing Appendix A Awards Bibliography
Reviews "Ellen DeGeneres: A Biography... is an informed and informative introduction to the life and accomplishments of Ellen DeGeneres who is one of America's best known (and liked) female comedians. ...Ellen DeGeneres: A Biography is enhanced with a list of her awards and a bibliography for further study, making it an ideal addition to community library Biography collections and a 'must read' for her legions of enthusiastic fans."—The Midwest Book Review