She entertains millions every day with her quirky wit and timeless charm. Now, American Idol judge, daytime talk show host and veteran comic Ellen DeGeneres’ life story will be featured in the latest issue of Bluewater Productions’ Female Force biography comic series.
Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres follows the comedienne from her youth in Louisiana, through the endless comedy club circuit, to her breakthrough sitcom and finally as an Emmy-winning daytime talk show host.
“Ellen and her organization were very generous by embracing this book. That’s why we are happy to share a percentage of the proceeds with her favorite charity, the Humane Society,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis.
“Ellen has been a leading force for animal protections issues, said Michael Markarian, Chief Operating Officer of the Humane Society of the United States. “We thank Ellen and Bluewater Productions for sharing the proceeds of her comic book with The Humane Society, and for supporting our work to celebrate animals and confront cruelty.”
The book, written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel and illustrated by Pedro Ponzo also delves into Ellen’s personal life as an openly gay performer and an advocate for gay rights. “It is part of who she is and any telling of her story without acknowledging the importance she places on her identity would be disrespectful to her accomplishments,” said Ruckdeschel.
Fans of Ellen will be able to revisit several of the entertainer’s most iconic moments including her 1986 appearance on the Tonight Show, the 1997 episode of her sitcom where her character announces she is gay, her entrance as host of the 2006 Oscars, and even her “trademark” dance moves.
“People forget what a groundbreaking talent she is and that fame did not come overnight,” says Davis. “But through all her highs and lows, she managed to stay true to herself and prove that she is a female force.”
Female Force offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Barbara Walters and others.
The comic book is in stores now and retails for $3.99.