The actress, comedian, television host, and all-around impressive person celebrates her 57th birthday on Monday. We’re kicking off the celebration with a trip back to 1984 -- when Ellen was the up-and-coming comedian we just had to meet.
“So far I'm holding up pretty good!” DeGeneres, then 26 years old, joked to Et about her newfound career. “It's been a hectic two weeks. That's pretty long isn't it? Does it go much longer than this?”
DeGeneres’ comedy career was picking up some serious steam after she was crowned Showtime’s Funniest Person in America in 1982. Her comedic style was good-natured and light-hearted -- a style just about anyone could appreciate.
Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus With Her Improv Group in 1982
“I want to go for things that everyone can enjoy and go home and tell their grand mom and their 2-year-old,” DeGeneres said. “I just watched other people and learned what I don't like as an audience