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Her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process.In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi.De Generes' first regular TV role was in a short-lived Fox sitcom called Open House.

The show revolved around De Generes' falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!

, playing against an old rival, portrayed by Curtis, and Albert Einstein.

De Generes started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses.

By 1981, she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans.

The series returned for a fifth season but experienced falling ratings due to ABC's cutting back on promoting the show. De Generes returned to stand-up comedy and later re-established herself as a successful talk show host.