Ellen DeGeneres, 2011
Born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958. She's an
American stand-up comedienne, television host, author and actress. She hosts the
The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
was a judge on the ninth season of American Idol and has hosted
both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. She has won thirteen
Emmys and many other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In
November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a Special
Envoy for Global Aids Awareness.
She appeared in the television sitcoms
The Ellen Show
and had a lead role in the movie
Mr. Wrong. She also provided the voice of Dory in the animated film
for which she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is the author
of the books
The Funny Thing Is...,
My Point...And I Do Have One
Ellen is married to Portia de Rossi, who is also
vegan. Together they adopted two cows - Holy and Madonna - from
The Gentle Barn, a
farm animal sanctuary with an at-risk program
that works by uniting inner city kids and at-risk youth with rescued
animals. Ellen has a website called
Quotes by Ellen DeGeneres:
Diet for a New America,
she became vegetarian, but went back to eating meat about 8
|"I used to love cheeseburgers and steak
and I just did what most people do, I just had a disconnect. I
just decided: it's more important for me to taste a
cheeseburger, and have a steak or have a turkey sandwich. And
it's easier and I just put it out of my mind."
|In 2008 she went vegan. She
explains how she made that decision:
Skinny Bitch first and then I forced myself to watch a
Earthlings. It's inside footage of factory farms and dairy
farms. And you just see that and you go 'I can't participate in
that, I can't be a part of something that is suffering'."
|"50 billion animals a year are killed and
I think we all fool ourselves that there is some kind of happy
cow and that it's a quick death, that they just hit him in the
head and that they are out. They are all in pain, they are all
treated badly. They are all diseased and they are all pumped
with antibiotics. It's a very disturbing reality. And it happens
every minute of the day."
|"I do it because I love animals and I saw
the reality. And I just couldn't ignore it anymore."
|"I'm healthier for it, I'm happier for it.
I can't imagine that if you're putting something in your body
that is filled with fear or anxiety or pain, that that isn't
somehow going to be inside of you."
|"I'm not an activist; I don't look for
controversy. I'm not a political person, but I'm a person with
compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about
human rights. I care about animal rights. Above all, I strive to
be the best I can — to be better than I was yesterday and better
|"I want everybody to be happier. I would
love for the world to be happier. I think it’s our one thing
that we all share. We focus so much on our differences and that
is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying
in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all
have in common — which is– we all want to be happy."
Quotes are from her
2010 interview with Katie Couric for CBS News, her
2009 interview with Oprah, her
2011 interview with Good Housekeeping and her
2011 interview with Ann Curry on the Today Show.