By Molly McGonigle
Ellen DeGeneres may be one of the funniest ladies around, but her life hasn't always been filled with laughter. In the latest Parade, Ellen talks about the hardships of coming out as a lesbian and how it affected her career. Click through to see what Ellen says about making people laugh, and why she and Portia de Rossi have no plans to start a family.
On dealing with rejection after coming out of the closet:
"I didn't work, didn't have any money. No one [in the business] would even talk to me on the phone."
On realizing she was gay:
"If anything, it was a shock to me. I'd always known that I had crushes on girls, but I also liked boys -- though I wasn't drawn to them romantically. For me to get in touch with myself enough to recognize that I was gay, and then not to stay private about it, was a huge step."
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