10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degneres has made a name for herself comedian, television host and actress. Since first rising to fame in the ‘90s, she’s had numerous successes. She’s hosted the Academy Awards, the Grammy’s and the Primetime Emmys. She’s also written three books, started her own record company, Eleveneleven, and won 29 Emmys. She literally does it all and does it well! Since it’s her birthday, here are 10 things not widely known about the actress turned television host:
10. Odd Jobs
After dropping out of the University of New Orleans after only one semester, the future talk show host got a job doing clerical work with a law firm. Some of the other odd jobs she had during this time included working at J.C. Penny, being a waitress at T.G.I. Friday’s, painting houses, shucking oysters, working as a hostess and a bartender, and selling vacuum cleaners.
When she was 16 or 17, her mother’s husband sexually abused her. Her mother was fighting breast cancer at the time and required a mastectomy. While it initially began with him feeling her breasts, it later escalated into other things. The situation became so bad that one night he tried to break down her bedroom door. Lucky for Ellen, she was able to kick a window out in her room to escape and spent the night in the hospital.
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