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Walk of Fame Honor 2012: Ellen DeGeneres

1976:
Graduates high school in Atlanta, Texas.

1981:
Emcees at Clyde’s Comedy Clubin New Orleans.

1986:
Appears on the “The Tonight Show” and Johnny Carson asks her to sit on the couch after the set. That gesture by Carson, who would talk to the comics who impressed him most, is a sign of a burgeoning future for any aspiring comedian.

1989-92:
Recurring roles in the TV series “Open House” and “Laurie Hill”

1994-98:
Stars in her own sitcom “Ellen,” and makes national headlines in April 1997 when her character announces her homosexuality. Three months earlier, DeGeneres had appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and stated she was gay.

1995:
Nominated for both a SAG Award and Golden Globe for her work on “Ellen.” She would be nominated for both two more times.

1998:
Nominated by the WGA for “The Puppy Episode” of “Ellen,” where her character comes out of the closet.

2001:
After the Emmy Awards are delayed because of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, DeGeneres hosts the kudocast in November to critical applause.

2001-02:
“The Ellen Show” airs on CBS.

2003:
DeGeneres stars as Dory in Pixar’s bigscreen “Finding Nemo.” The pic turns out to be a whale at the box office, grossing $867 million worldwide.

2003:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show” debuts on NBC affiliates around the country.

2007:
Hosts the Academy Awards.

Walk of Fame Honor 2012: Ellen DeGeneres
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