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10 Moments That Led To Ellen's New Design Show

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Ready for an Ellen time-warp? Find out how the multi-talented comic and talk show host got from there to here. Sponsored by HGTV.

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On January 26th, Ellen will be premiering Ellen's Design Challengeon HGTV. The epic funny-girl has excelled in so many different fields, from stand-up comedy to voiceover performance, talk show host to American Idol judge, it's no surpise that she's ready to dive into yet another creative endeavor -- and we're stoked.

This time Ellen's all about furniture design. But before the competition begins, let's look back on some of Ellen's biggest moments.

1. Ellen first found comedy at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. She soon graduated from comic to emcee, before she began traveling for shows in the area and then around the country. While touring, Ellen was selected by Showtime as "America's Funniest Person" in 1982.

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2. This led to Ellen's appearance on The Tonight Show in 1986.

3. In 1994, Ellen stared in the ABC sitcom, Ellen. Ellen made history in 1996, when her title character came out. This controversial move earned the episode a Primetime Emmy.

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5. Concurrent with her character's coming out, Ellen personally came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in Time.

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6. A handful of years later, Ellen launched her own daytime television talk show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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7. In 2007, Ellen hosted the 79th Academy Awards!

8. Which was followed by her marriage to actress and long-time partner, Portia de Rossi, in 2008. The two further solidified their presence as a powerful and influential LGBT couple.

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9. And in 2010 Ellen became a judge on the ninth season of American Idol.

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10. A year after, Ellen was named by Hilary Clinton as Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.

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Now, Ellen is currently working on a sequel to the Pixar hit, Finding Nemo, called Finding Dory, where she'll reprise the title role.

And, of course, Ellen will launch her first design show on January 26th on HGTV. Tune in!

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