Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?
Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.
When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.