Funnier with Age: Ellen’s Turning 55

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Happy birthday to the queen of comedy!

Ellen DeGeneres turns 55 this Saturday, and with over 30 years of hilarity behind her, DeGeneres is proving to audiences that she’s only getting funnier with age.

After clinching the title of Showtime’s Funniest Person in American in 1982, the comedienne’s career skyrocketed into the big leagues. DeGeneres landed gigs on the hit television show Open House and in the 1993 film, Coneheads.  But it wasn’t until 1994 that her laugh-out-loud comedy material became the basis of her very own sitcom, Ellen.

Besides small-screen television acting, Ellen has dabbled in voiceovers (Finding Nemo’s Dory ring a bell?), and, of course, hosts her hit daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she pulls pranks on Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift, begs Justin Bieber to pull up his pants, and makes YouTube stars into worldwide sensations.

But what really sets Ellen apart from everyone else (besides the fact that she’s totally awesome)?  She’s not afraid to be herself, of course! In 1997, Ellen made her homosexuality public on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and shortly after, carried it over to her television show, where her character also decided to come out to a very special guest star: you guessed it — Oprah.


So to celebrate the big day of everyone’s favorite comedienne, we’re taking a look back at Ellen’s rise to success and her most memorable moments.

Check out our gallery, then let us know what your favorite Ellen moment is!

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