As famous for her personal life as her career, DeGeneres initially came to prominence as a stand-up comedian. Championed by late-night talk-show host Johnny Carson, the tomboyish blonde made numerous...
New Orleans, LA
|Before entering show business, bartended, sold clothes, shucked oysters, peddled vacuums, waited tables and worked as a paralegal.|
|"The jury is still out on my career," she told TV Guide in 1997. "Let's see if I can accomplish what I want to accomplish, which is getting over stereotypes."|
|Named Best Female Comedy Club Stand-up at the 1991 American Comedy Awards.|
|In 1982, participated in a Showtime stand-up competition and was voted the Funniest Person in America for her "conversation with God" monologue.|
|Was originally offered Sandra Bullock's role in the 1994 action film Speed but turned it down. Also turned down an offer to be one of the regulars in Friends.|
|Dropped out of the University of New Orleans after one semester.|
|Performed her first stand-up routine in a New Orleans club in 1980, which revolved around consuming a Whopper, fries and a milk shake.|
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