61 year-old comedian and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is going to receive the lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January. The award, named after comedian Carol Burnett, is in recognition of her 25-year career on U.S. television. Degeneres will be the second recipient of the award, which was handed out earlier this year to Burnett herself.
Degeneres started her career doing stand-up comedy, before she moved onto TV. While she had guest starred on several TV shows, and been a part of some short lived series beforehand, her first real success on the medium was in a self-titled sitcom. It was while on the show that she came out as gay, both in real life and as the character. She’s been hosting her own talk show since 2003, and it is with it that she really started to grow in popularity.
“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,” the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which hands out the Golden Globes, Lorenzo Soria said in a statement.
Winning awards is not a new thing for DeGeneres either. She’s already won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
DeGeneres has also starred in a few movies, but her real success came on the big screen voicing the neurotic fish Dory in the Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
The Golden Globes are set to take place in Beverly Hills on January 5 2020.