Ellen Degeneres was born on January 26,1958, she is an American stand-up comedian m television host andactress. Degeneres was raised in Metairie, Louisiana, the daughterof Betty Jane DeGeneres a speech therapist and Elliott Degeneres, aninsurance agent. She graduated Grace King High School and attendedthe University of New Orleans, where she majored in communicationstudies. After one semester, she left university to do clerical workin a law firm.Degeneres started stand up career atsmall clubs and coffee houses. In 1981 she was the emcee at Clyde'sComedy Club in New Orleans, and after that she began to tournationally, being named Showtime's Funniest Person in America in1982. In addition, she received numerous Emmy Awards for "The EllenDegeneres Show", and two American Comedy Awards.