Ellen DeGeneres


You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother's attractive, but I have photographs of her."

The American stand-up comedian, television host & actress, went vegan in late 2008 after watching documentaries "Earthlings" and "Meet Your Meat." She now has her own website "Going Vegan with Ellen", offering advice, recipes, and resources for those trying out a vegan lifestyle.

DeGeneres is one of America's most famous TV show personalities, and has hosted her own award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. She began her career as a comedian, performing in a local coffeehouse when she was 23. In 1986, she got her big debut when The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson sent a booking agent to catch her act at the Improv in Hollywood. As a result, she was invited onto The Tonight Show which led to regular appearances on the talk show circuit, including performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Later with Greg Kinnear, Larry King Live, and Good Morning, America. She was also profiled in detail on ABC's PrimeTime Live.

Her wit won over audiences, and DeGeneres finally found success as an actress with her own prime-time sitcom- the self-titled television series, Ellen. Despite a supportive audience; an Emmy Award for the coming-out episode; and the show's groundbreaking place in television history; Ellen was canceled in 1998.

Returning to television in 2003, Ellen DeGeneres became a big hit with daytime viewers with her self-titled talk show, Ellen. Since its inception, the show has won an Emmy, nearly a dozen Daytime Emmy Awards, and numerous People's Choice Awards.