Ellen DeGeneres is definitely one of the funniest people in Hollywood, but she has a sad past. She suffered a tragedy a while ago. Here are the details.
Ellen discussed her past while she was invited to Dax Shepard’s podcast ‘Armchair Expert.’ Here’s what she said:
‘My girlfriend was killed in a car accident when I was, like, 20 years old,’ she began.
‘And I wasn’t doing comedy; I think I was probably waitressing someplace at the time. I was living with her when she got killed,’ Ellen continued saying.
Ellen was not able to afford their apartment after her girlfriend’s death, and she moved into a basement apartment.
‘I was sleeping on a mattress on a floor, and it was infested with fleas. And I used to write all the time, I wrote poetry and songs and stuff, and I thought, ‘Why is this beautiful girl just gone and fleas are here?’ Ellen recalled.
This strong woman had eventually turned her pain into a subject for her first stand-up routine. This was what launched her career.
‘I just thought it would be amazing if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer,’ Ellen said about her ‘Phone Call to God’ sketch.
‘I just wrote the entire thing, and when I finished, I read it, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s hilarious. I’m going to do this on Johnny Carson, and I’m going to be the first woman in the history of the show to be asked to sit down,’ she continued.
Her dreams became a reality because she was the first female comedian that was ever asked to sit down after her act on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Congratulations, Ellen, for everything that you have accomplished in your life!