Ellen is of French, English, German and Irish descent. After one semester in communication studies, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm. She also held a job selling clothes at the chain store the Merry-Go-Round at the Lakeside Shopping Center. Other working experiences included being a waitress at restaurants, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her work.
Ellen DeGeneres has also made many contributions to society. She supports numerous organizations, and has won many awards for her charitable efforts. There’re more than 20 charities she has been supporting. Recently, DeGeneres learned about an organization of a home and hospital for animals that have been abused. In her website, she urges her viewers to donate.