Ellen DeGeneres has found a way into our hearts and onto our television screens. She has aged incredibly well, and her career has skyrocketed, to say the least. Millions of viewers around the country tune in to her daytime talk show, which has won awards and honors. Children may even know Ellen, from her voice talent in Finding Nemo (she voiced the forgetful yet lovable Dory.) Ellen also judged American Idol for one season, proving her versatility.
While her comedic wit and enthusiastic dance moves tend to take the spotlight, there are many facets to Ellen's life and journey. From a meek little girl living in Louisiana, to an independent woman, to coming out to the masses about her sexual orientation – Ellen is a figure that amazes and inspires. Yet, there are some little-known facts about this funny lady that may surprise you.
From abuse to a string of relationships and legal issues with major record labels, Ellen's life has been far from ordinary. Take a look at our list of 10 shocking facts about Ellen DeGeneres. Focusing on her early years and deeper journey may provide some insight into her light and fluffy comedy acts. Yet, some of the items on this list are just plain fun, like her!
10 She Was Molested By Her Stepfather
9 Madonna is Her 11th Cousin
8 She Has A Ride at Disney Named After Her
7 She Competed In A Push-Up Challenge Against Michelle Obama. And Lost.
6 Her Net Worth is $285 Million
5 She Was Raised As a Christian Scientist
4 She Was Not the Funny One in the Family
3 She Had a Breakdown after Her Split from Anne Heche
2 She Drove By Her Ex's Car Crash
1 She Was Sued By Several Record Labels
Back in 2009, Ellen was sued by several record labels over copyright issues. According to the labels, Ellen had played more than 1,000 songs without permission or paying for licenses. As most of us know, Ellen is well-known for her shimmying dance moves with the audience on her talk show. The Ellen show and the record labels ended up resolving the issues, but it was curious that the onslaught of reports started just as Ellen was beginning her term as a judge on American Idol. In fact, she was sued by one of the record labels that usually signs winners of the music-competition show.
Sources: biography.com, radaronline.com, people.com, ancestry.com, disneyworld.com, ellentv.com
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