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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Ellen DeGeneres

Beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film, and in the literary world.

Ellen DeGeneres has made a home for herself in the daytime arena with her hit syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show, now entering its seventh season has recently been nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show has won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host four years in a row and has earned a total of 25 Daytime Emmy Awards during its five seasons. Additionally, DeGeneres won five People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host and Favorite Funny Female Star for four years in a row. DeGeneres also won the Johnny Carson Producers of the Year Award in Variety Television from the Producers Guild in 2005 and 2006. Most recently, DeGeneres won her first Teen Choice Award for a new Twitter category and won the Choice Twit award.  Additionally, the show also won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode.

DeGeneres’ career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans, which led to national recognition in 1982 when her videotaped club performances won Showtime’s Funniest Person in America honor. When DeGeneres moved to Los Angeles she filmed her first HBO special, Young Comedians Reunion, then in 1986 Women of the Night. That same year, DeGeneres scored a first by becoming the first female comedian to be summoned by Johnny Carson to sit down with him after her performance.

Since she was first nationally recognized in 1982 as a comedian in New Orleans, Ellen’s many contributions to the entertainment industry have earned her numerous accolades including a Golden Apple Award as Female Discovery of the Year from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club, a Lucy Award honoring women in television and film, as well as an Amnesty International Award.

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Patricia Howard

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