Ellen DeGeneres, an American artist and prominent supporter of gay rights, the highest honor for reaching the American comedy on Monday.Mark Twain Receiving the award for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the national showcase arts DeGeneres has been hailed as a pioneer woman whose edgy comedy variety show, the TV format for the days in the past years. But several guests also emphasized the courageous decision comedian 15 years ago to go public with his sexual identity in a career of comedian boots said, was a necessary step in the personal dignity. “I did it for me and he came to many other people to help and a great cause ruckus,” DeGeneres, 54, told reporters before the homage which are summarized decision in 1997 to publicly come out as gay in tandem with his character on the screen in a move that has led to controversy and prompted some advertisers to flee. The price Twain, named after the satirist of the 19th century, the nation’s highest honor for her performance in comedy. originally from New Orleans, DeGeneres has spent twenty years as a traveling comedian on the circuit Los Angeles nightclub to the important tasks on television late at night leads to his own prime-time sitcom. The original show, Ellen DeGeneres presented in the lead role as the owner of the bookstore in a quirky neighborhood. While the show received a boost from the star is out of the closet, it was a few years later. Later, she returns to the stand-up scene, and host of the 2001 Emmy Awards, which was twice postponed after the attacks of September 11 -. celebration a little austere, which enabled him to try to lighten the national mood
Some guests told DeGeneres made a compassion for his comedy that is rare in the field.“The rest of us come from the comic really messed up, dark childhood. It can come from that, I do not know. But that’s not what it brings,” said John Leguizamo, who joined the tribute. “She’s just put this goodwill beautiful. “ last 10 seasons on television, has DeGeneres left its mark with a variety show what day it is often used as a means of promoting a commitment to equality for gay people. ” For many people, their only friend Ellen is gay, “said late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. DeGeneres is the woman has received this award since its inception in 1998.
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell
won last year. winners the past have included Bob Newhart, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby.
Monday ceremony will be broadcast on PBS on 30 October.