Women In History: Ellen DeGeneres

Women In History: Ellen DeGeneres

Quirky, Kind, Groundbreaking and Absolutely Hilarious

Who doesn't know about the famous Ellen Show that airs right after school every day? And who doesn't know that Ellen DeGeneres stars as a fun and charismatic host who invites interesting guests to her show? Honestly, no one, but there is more to this quirky show host that meets the eye. She has actually struggled her whole life as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ community to become an A-list celebrity and common household name. She holds a special place in millions of families whether through her generosity or lighthearted comedy. She has distributed millions of dollars around the world to those who need a helping hand. Ellen has supported foundations and causes, such as saving elephants, full-ride scholarships to entire schools, hurricane relief, etc. She has worked hard to empower the world and give people who never had a chance the opportunity to do great things.

10 Awesome Things About Ellen DeGeneres:

1. Starting her career

She began in the early 80's as your average stand-up comedian. Ellen was always in front of crowds for one reason: to make sure everyone had a good time. Her career skyrocketed only two years after she started. In 1982, she was declared the Funniest Person in America by Showtime. In 1986, she became the first female comedian on the Jonny Carson show. From 1994 to 1998, Ellen stared in a self-titled show, but the show fell through less than a year after she became openly lesbian. Regardless of this discouragement, Ellen pushed past the threat of bankruptcy, took the judgment placed on her, and created a show in the early two-thousands where she could give endlessly and promote happiness. In the late 90's, she was the host of the 38th and 39th Grammys show. Then, she began her sitcom in 2001.

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Throughout the years, Ellen has made a name for herself just by being a real person. She talks naturally with her guests. I remember going home after school my freshman and sophomore year of high school every single day and turning on Ellen. I used to laugh so hard I would cry. Ellen takes average people and makes them feel special. She takes stars and makes them feel average.

3. Dory

Her career took her to be the voice of a Disney character of one of the most watched movies of this generation. I mean, when was the last time someone asked you to watch Finding Nemo/Dory and you actually said no?

4. LGBTQ Activist

She also fought against the wall standing between her happiness and society. Although she was a famous figure for almost 20 before she officially came out, Ellen was one of the first women to star as a lesbian character in her TV show, "Ellen". Because of her honesty in 1997, Ellen lost major support for "Ellen" and had to completely shut down the production of the series. After facing threats of bankruptcy, Ellen rose back to the top of the comedic scale and is more recognized than ever. Now she is married to Portia de Rossi (or Portia Lee James DeGeneres) and speaks for LGBTQ rights.

5. Animal Lover

Ellen is a huge animal rights activist, too. She supports and promotes "Meatless Mondays" as a lifestyle. For a while, she was even vegan.

6. Production Company Owner

Shows and Other Productions

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Little Big Shots, Green Eggs and Ham, One Big Happy, First Dates, Bethany, Splitting Up Together, Repeat After Me, etc.

7. Record Label Owner

Ellen owns her own record label. Eleveneleven was created in 2010 in affiliation with her production company, A Very Good Production, and Warner Bros. They have singed Jessica Simpson, Charlie Puth, Savannah Robbinson, etc.

8. 2,500+ Episodes

enough said...

9. So Real

If you have ever watched an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", you know Ellen is never afraid of being herself. She embarrasses the crap out of other people, sure, but she isn't afraid to call herself out either. She encourages others to be their best selves and enjoy the person they really are. You can genuinely tell she loves herself and comfortable in her skin. Ellen is the embodiment of someone who just wants to have fun.

10. So Kind

Her generosity isn't for views, it's for kindness. Ellen finds reasons to do things for people. She brings smiles to faces and tears to eyes. She is a remarkable woman in present day and history who will be remembered for years to come as a woman who was never afraid to be herself and do what was right for everyone.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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