Lessons Ellen Learned Watching Her Mom


Not only has Ellen taped 1300 shows, she also is on the cover of October’s Good Housekeeping Magazine. I’d say she has something to dance about! But things weren’t always so easy and happy  for the comedienne. Ellen opens up to Good Housekeeping about her childhood and how it shaped her into the person she is today.  Ellen tells Good Housekeeping,  “My mom had some really bad things happen in her life, and she’s a trouper. She’s tougher than I am, I’d say. When my parents divorced, it was my mother and me, by ourselves in an apartment. At that point, we kind of became roommates. I was 13 years old. She’d been married for almost 20 years, and I watched her go through a tough time, trying to date, trying to figure things out. She dated some horrible men whom I had to kick out of the house. So, at 13, I kind of became an adult and was taking care of…watching her struggle. It made me go, Oh, you’re my mom, but you’re just a human being. I saw her in a different role all of a sudden.”  Eleln didn’t just notice things about her mom, she noticed things about everything and everyone.  Her observations would eventually form the basis of her comedy routine.  Ellen also tells Good Housekeeping what she is most proud about, saying,

“I’m glad I’m funny. I’m glad I make people happy, because that’s very important. But I’m proud to be known as a kind person.”  For more on Ellen, check out the October issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands September 13th, or go to, for the full story.

Photo courtesy:  Good Housekeeping Magazine



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