After the cancellation of the sitcom Ellen’s career stalled with no offers coming her way for at least three years.

Nevertheless, she persevered and started to re-build her career by re-establishing herself as standup comedian. She received widespread praise after hosting the Emmys soon after the 9/11 terrorists attacks in the United States. As she started to re-build her career 2003 would prove to be the watershed year.

She charmed audiences as the voice of the forgetful character Dory in the animated smash-hit Finding Nemo and launched The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the same year. Ellen’s irresistible charm permeated every inch of the stage and seeped through the television screen to infuse a feel-good vibe into every living room across the globe.

A year later Ellen met her, now, wife actress Portia de Rossi. The couple were wed in 2008 a year after she, memorably, hosted the Academy Awards. To date Ellen has racked up thirty-three Emmys and doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

For all of the, deserved, accolades that have been awarded to Ellen DeGeneres it is, arguably, her character which is the most inspiring of all. There are few corners of the world where the name Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t evoke a smile.

It’s not unrealistic to say that the impact that Ellen DeGeneres has made on the world is immeasurable. Consider how many lives she has brightened with her considerable comedic chops. Consider how many lives she’s inspired with her unparalleled bravery to live her truth. Consider how many lives have been changed because of her advocacy for kindness. And when you combine all of these factors it culminates into a person without whom the world would be a much poorer place.