Following her public announcement that she was gay, Ellen DeGeneres was at a loss for work in the late 1990s. She - and the character she played - had come out during the fourth season of her moderately successful television sitcom, and her show was canceled shortly thereafter. She thought her career as a comedian might be over. Through perseverance and talent, DeGeneres built a new career for herself as the host of an Academy Award-winning syndicated daytime television show. Ellen DeGeneres tells her story, from her childhood in Louisiana and Texas to her rise as one of the most recognizable faces on television.
Sherry Beck Paprocki is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications including Preservation and Pages magazines, the Chicago Tribune, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and many others. She is the author of several books for youngsters, including Vicente Fox in the Major World Leaders set, Katie Couric in the Women of Achievement set, and Michelle Kwan in the Women Who Win set, all for Chelsea House. Paprocki lives near Columbus, Ohio.