Ellen Degeneres received the 2477th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday in front of fellow TV stars Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Kimmel. She is a brilliant stand-up comedian, television host and actress, and the star was a long time coming. Ellen was honoured on Hollywood Boulevard in the traditional ceremony, and her mother Betty and wife Portia were among her guests that celebrated with her.
The chat show host invited her fans to watch the ceremony by posting a message on twitter and jokingly asking for a ride home afterwards. She wrote: “I’m getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11am. Come watch me! Also, I’d love a ride home. 6270 Hollywood Blvd.”She later added: “So excited to see fans here at the W Hollywood to see me get my star on the Walk of Fame! Come down if you can!”
Ellen wore one of her most stylish suits for the event, opting for a light grey jacket and trousers paired with a white open-neck shirt and black and white polka dot tie.
The honor was bestowed six days before the broadcasting of the 10th season of DeGeneres’ signature talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has brought her six Daytime Emmy Awards as outstanding talk show. The nationally syndicated afternoon talk show, premiering in 2003, has won a total of 32 Daytime Emmy Awards by 2011.
A stand-up comedienne at small clubs, DeGeneres saw her popularity soared in the 1980s. In 1986, she made the history by appearing onscreen for a chat with host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. She launched her acting career in 1989 by playing a receptionist on the Fox comedy “Open House,” and appeared in more than 40 television shows and films. She also received four nods for Primetime Emmys as outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for starring in 1994 ABC sitcom “There Friends of Mine” which was renamed to “Ellen” in second season. DeGeneres has won 13 Emmys and a number of other awards.
DeGeneres also was a judge on Fox singing contest show “American Idol” during the 2010 season.She was named by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness in November, 2011.
According to E! News, Ellen commented: “It is amazing. I spent my entire career trying to conduct myself in a certain way making sure no one walks all over me only to get to a point where people are going to walk all over me. It means so much to me that everyone showed up.”
Congratulation Ellen, you so deserve this!
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