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Was initially reluctant to do a love scene with Sharon Stone in If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV), but Ellen's then-girlfriend Anne Heche, who was directing this particular segment of the film, encouraged her to do it. Ellen eventually gave in.

Is a vegetarian.

Worked as a paralegal before becoming a comedienne.

She is a sweetheart of the fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma.

Is only the second woman to host the Oscars on her own. The first was Whoopi Goldberg.

When Ellen came out as a lesbian on her show in April 1997, ABC's affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, refused to air the landmark episode. Some of the show's sponsors, including Chrysler, withdrew their advertisements.

Split with partner Anne Heche after being together for 3 1/2 years. (August 2000)

Used to sell vacuum cleaners before she was discovered.

Has been in a relationship with Portia de Rossi since 2004.

Was the first female stand-up guest to be called to the "hot seat" on her first guest appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962).

Ended her four-year relationship with photographer-director Alexandra Hedison. (December 2004)

Best Female Club Standup, Comedy Awards 1991.

Is of French (paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and German descent.

Was originally offered Sandra Bullock's role in Speed (1994/I).

Has two dogs named Bootsie and Muffin.

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