DeGeneres receives Twain humor prize, and kudos for her courage

Washington Post
October 23, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres received the Mark Twain Prize for humor Monday night at the Kennedy Center, but the all-star tribute was as much about the joyful comedian’s landmark personal revelation as about her comedic talents.

Ellen — and who doesn’t know her by her first name, like Oprah or Hillary? — came out as a lesbian in 1997. That, as much as her substantial body of work as a comedian, actress and talk-show host, elicited praise and gratitude from some of her comic colleagues and contemporaries.