Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26 , 1958 ) is an American actress , stand-up comedian , and, most recently, host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show .

Early life

Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 at Ochsner Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana to Elliot (insurance salesman) and Betty (real-estate agent). She is of French , English , German and Irish descent.

Along with her brother Vance she was raised as a Christian Scientist until the age of 13, when she left the religion after her parents divorced . Shortly after the divorce DeGeneres and her mother moved from the New Orleans area to Atlanta , Texas . She graduated from Atlanta High School on May 21 , 1976 .

She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans , where she majored in communications . After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm. She also held a job selling clothes, including dresses, at the chain-store the Merry-Go-Round at the Lakeside Shopping Center in New Orleans. Other working experiences included a waitress at TGI Friday's and another restaurant, a house painter, a hostess, a bartender and an oyster shucker. Finally, DeGeneres realized she didn't want to "answer to a boss" and started to figure out what she really wanted to do.




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