DeGeneres, 61, will be only the second
recipient of the Carol Burnett Award which was first presented
to Burnett herself at the Golden Globes award ceremony in
DeGeneres, one of the most prominent gay women celebrities,
started her career in stand-up before moving to television. She
is currently host of daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres
“In addition to her television success, she’s an advocate and
philanthropist, lending her voice to those who don’t have one,
and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her
platform," said Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which hands out the Golden
DeGeneres is already a recipient of two of the highest honors in
the United States - the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
In addition to her television work, DeGeneres lent her voice to
the neurotic Pacific blue tang fish named Dory in the animated
movies "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory."
The Carol Burnett award was set up by the HFPA to recognize the
new Golden Age of television in the United States, where more
than 500 scripted shows a year are broadcast on traditional and
The Golden Globes awards ceremony for film and television will
take place in Beverly Hills on Jan. 5 2020.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by David Gregorio)
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