20 Female Icon Celebrities Little Kids Can Look Up Too

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres was out and gay in the early ’80s which is way before it was accepted and supported by the general public. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show admitting she was a lesbian in 1997 and has been an avid supporter of LGBT and human rights ever since. Many people said her career would be over for taking such a personal risk with such a controversial issue at that time, but Ellen refused to let that discourage her from living her truth. She’s an actress, writer, producer, and television host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show which first aired in 2003. She started her successful career with her own sitcom Ellen which ran from 1994-1998. She then went on to make us laugh hysterically in , <emEdTV, and <emPixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory(2016).

When she’s not ruling the syndicated television world, she’s spending time with her wife, Portia de Rossi or generously donating her time and funds to organizations UNICEF, PETA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, St, Jude Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity — to name a few. She also launched the Small Change Campaign with actor Ben Affleck to benefit Feeding America. Ellen’s most recent projects include her gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda, her game show — Ellen’s Game of Games, and her own home decor line — ED Ellen DeGeneres Home Collections. There’s nothing this woman can’t do.

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