The fact that her show is about to start its 15th season is a testament to that.
“It’s not just 15 years,” she told Ryan Seacrest. “It’s 15 years of me thinking I wouldn’t work again so it’s really a great accomplishment.”
It's pretty safe to say that Ellen DeGeneres has made it.
She fought and fought to be heard, first in the predominantly male world of comedy, and then in Hollywood, where it was and is undoubtedly tough to be gay and out.
Ellen DeGeneres' story is one of perseverance in the face of prejudice and mistreatment.
She’s an incredible role model and embodies this mantra, said by one of her most iconic characters: “Just keep swimming.”