Analysis Of Ellen Lee Degeneres 's ' The Daughter Of Betty Degeneres '

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Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana the daughter of Betty Degeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. She is of French, English, German, and Irish descent. She was raised as a Christian scientist until age 13. In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen 's mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father. On a February 2011 episode of her show, she told her studio audience of a letter from the New England historic Genealogical…show more content…
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. The series was originally titled These Friends of Mine but was renamed in 1994. From that point, the show evolved from its beginnings as an ensemble effort into a showcase for DeGeneres. The show faced strong criticism when, in April 1997, DeGeneres 's character became the first lead in sitcom history to openly acknowledge her homosexuality on air. An ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, refused to air the landmark episode. Fearing controversy, some of the show 's sponsors, Daimler Chrysler among them, withdrew advertisements. Several episodes following her reveal had gay themes and, throughout the remainder of the season, DeGeneres and ABC executives faced a storm of criticism. But the show also received rounds of applause from gay-friendly activists—including DeGeneres 's mother, Betty DeGeneres, who appeared on numerous talk shows in support of her daughter. 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. But DeGeneres had already made the move to the big screen, starring in the dark comedy Mr. Wrong (1996)

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