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Ellen DeGeneres host of the 79th Academy Awards ®

Ellen Degeneres(photo left:) Ellen DeGeneres host of the 79th Academy Awards telecast in 2007. Courtesy AMPAS.

DeGeneres’ first time as Oscar® host, as well as her first appearance on an Academy Awards telecast.

“Ellen DeGeneres was born to host the Academy Awards,” said Ziskin.

“There is no more challenging hosting job in show business. It requires someone who can keep the show alive and fresh and moving, as well as someone who is a flat-out great entertainer.

Ellen completely fits the bill. I can already tell she is going to set the bar very high for herself and therefore for all of us involved in putting on the show. Now all we need is a lot of great movies.”

DeGeneres is the host of the syndicated talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which won its third Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show in 2007 and earned DeGeneres her second Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2007.

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Ellen DegeneresLaunched in September 2003, the Ellen DeGeneres Show won four Daytime Emmys in its freshman year, including Outstanding Talk Show, after garnering a record twelve nominations. In its second season, the show won five Daytime Emmys, and earned a total of six Emmy Awards since 2007.

“When Laura Ziskin called, I was thrilled,” said DeGeneres. “There’s two things I’ve always wanted to do in my life. One is to host the Oscars. The second is to get a call from Laura Ziskin. You can imagine that day’s diary entry.”

DeGeneres has twice hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast and co-hosted the show in 1994. For her first solo Emmy stint, which took place shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she received high praise.

“She just sparkles,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “She is such a pleasure to watch. Her wit cuts to the truth of things, but in a wonderfully warm-spirited way. I think she'll be a fantastic host for this show and we're extremely pleased that she's agreed to do it.”

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2005 was presented at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.

Photo: Ellen DeGeneres "razzle dazzled" as host of the Academy Awards. telecast on February 25, 2007Read about this year's .

(Photo left) Jon Stewart, host Ellen Degeneresof the 78th Academy Awards, takes a moment to talk with Ellen DeGeneres about the upcoming awards for her talk-variety show in the lobby of the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue in Hollywood.

Ellen's Accomplishments before talk TV

Prior to the launch of her talk show, DeGeneres accomplishments were on stage, film and in the literary world.

She enjoyed popular and critical response to her voice performance of ‘Dory,’ the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the Disney/Pixar animated feature film, “Finding Nemo.”

DeGeneres earlier crossed the country on a 35-city stand-up comedy tour, entitled “Here and Now,” which was taped for HBO and subsequently nominated for two Emmys.

In October, 2003, her second book, “The Funny Thing Is...” was published. Comprised of comedic short stories and essays, the book hit the New York Times’ bestseller list upon its release.

In 2005, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the audio version of the book.

DeGeneres TV achievement began on Fox television's sitcom, “Open House.” She moved on to ABC's “Laurie Hill,” prior to being offered “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, the show brought DeGeneres Emmy nominations each season in the “Best Actress” category.

Ellen Degeneres(photo left) Jon Stewart, host of the 78th Academy Awards, gets ready for a chat with Ellen DeGeneres about the upcoming awards for her talk-variety show in the lobby of the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue in Hollywood.

In 1997 DeGeneres was the recipient of the Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” in which her character came out as a gay woman.

DeGeneres followed with the CBS sitcom, “The Ellen Show,” which ran from 2001 to 2002.

DeGeneres' feature film credits also include “EDTV” for director Ron Howard, “The Love Letter,” “Goodbye Lover,” “Coneheads” and “Mr. Wrong,” in which she starred with Bill Pullman.

In 1995, her first book “My Point...And I Do Have One” debuted at number one on the New York Times’ bestseller list and in 1997 she released her comedy CD, “Taste This.”

The ceremonies honoring film achievements for 2006 were held on Sunday, February 25, 2007. The 79th Annual Academy Awards Presentation was broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland by the ABC Television Network, at 5:00 p.m. (PST) with a half-hour arrivals segment. Read more about the 79th Academy Awards.

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The Funny Thing Is... (Paperback)

by Ellen DeGeneres (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Degeneres continues her year-long domination of all media (following a cross-country stand-up tour, an HBO special, a show-stealing turn in Finding Nemo and the successful launch of her daily talk show in September) with this new humor collection, winningly preserved on audio. The laid-back, observational comedienne's stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery. Some of her funniest material is in throwaway lines, dropped with an easygoing deadpan delivery. ("My favorite exercise is walking a block and a half to the corner store to buy fudge. Then I call a cab to get back home. There's never a need to overdo anything.") Her smart and funny routines point out absurdities in everyday life. ("Batteries are packaged as though the manufacturers never want you to get to them. On the other hand, take a good look at a package of light bulbs. Thin, thin, thin cardboard that's open on both ends.") Whether offering tips to cover social embarrassments or grousing about parallel parking ("What better way to do something you're already a little leery about doing than by doing it backwards?"), Degeneres is a delight. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition. • Paperback: 192 pages. Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 28, 2004)

Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning / Here and Now (2003)

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres Director: Joel Gallen

Featuring two of her finest stand-up comedy shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Collection highlights over two hours of one of today's brightest and most celebrated comedians. Bold, hilarious and always entertaining, Ellen shines in both "The Beginning" and "Here and Now" available now in a 2-disc set. Hbo Home Video. DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005.

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