Ellen grew up in in Metairie, Louisiana. She started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she appeared in Open House and in the film Coneheads. In 1994 she landed her star sitcom titled "Ellen." During the shows four year run she publicly announced being gay. After a sharp decline in her ratings her show was canceled. But from there she established herself as a well known talk show host who's show does very well.