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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003, her stand-up career started in the early 1980s and included a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong, EDtv, The Love Letter, provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. In 2010, she was a judge on American Idol for its ninth season, she starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, her character, Ellen Morgan came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process. In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, the Primetime Emmys.

She has authored four books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production. She launched a lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, which comprises a collection of apparel, home and pet items, she has won 30 Emmys, 20 People's Choice Awards, numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On January 5, 2020, DeGeneres won the Golden Globes Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award. DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Jane, a speech therapist, Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent, she has Vance, a musician and producer. She is of French, English and Irish descent, she was raised as a Christian Scientist. In 1973, her parents were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen's mother married a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Texas. Vance stayed with his father; when she was 15 or 16 years old, she was molested by her stepfather.

DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with Laura Gillen, her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, being a waitress at TGI Fridays and another restaurant, a house painter, a hostess, a bartender, she relates much of her career experiences in her comedic work. DeGeneres 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. DeGeneres cites Woody Steve Martin as her main influences at this time. In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America. In 2018, DeGeneres appeared in a new stand up special, for Netflix after 15 years not performing stand-up comedy.

Ellen's work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included the film Coneheads. DeGeneres starred in a series of films for a show named Ellen's Energy Adventure, part of the Universe of Energy attraction and pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot; the film featured Bill Nye, Alex Trebek, Michael Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis. The show revolved around DeGeneres' falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival, portrayed by Curtis, Albert Einstein. The next film had DeGeneres co-hosting an educational look at energy with Nye; the ride first opened on September 15, 1996, as Ellen's Energy Crisis, but was given the more positive-sounding name Ellen's Energy Adventure. DeGeneres' first regular TV role was in a short-lived Fox sitcom called Open House, she played the role of an office worker at the Juan Verde Real Estate company. The show co-starred Mary Page Keller. In 1992, producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black cast DeGeneres in their sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre.

The series was canceled after only four episodes, but Marlens and Black were so impressed with DeGeneres' performance that they soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which they co-created with David S. Rosenthal. DeGeneres' comedy career became the basis of the sitcom Ellen, named These Friends of Mine during its first season; the ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres' style of observational humor. Her character on the sitcom came out of the closet to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey; the coming-out episode, titled "The Puppy Episode", was one of the highest-rated episodes of the show. The series returned for a fifth season but experienced falling ratings due to ABC's cutting back on promoting the show, it was believed that The Walt Disney Company, ABC's parent owner, had become uncomfortable with the subject matter depicted on the show now that DeGeneres' character was gay. In May 1998, Ellen was canceled. DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy and re-established herself as a successful talk show hos

Le Mans Congress

The Le Mans Congress was the twenty-first national congress of the French Socialist Party. It took place from November 18 to 20, 2005; the objective of the Congress was to solve internal divisions created by the French referendum on the European Constitution and designate a new leadership at all levels. Five motions were presented to be voted upon by members: For a liberal socialism: Truth and Action: Social liberal current led by Jean-Marie Bockel, PS mayor of Mulhouse. Rally the Left: Left-wing motion led Laurent Fabius, supported by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marie-Noëlle Lienemann; this was the first time since the 1990 Rennes Congress. Socialists, for success on the left: Will, Unity: Majority motion led by François Hollande, supported by the party elites: Martine Aubry, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bertrand Delanoë. New Socialist Party-For a Socialist Alternative: Left-wing motion supported by Vincent Peillon, Arnaud Montebourg, Benoît Hamon, Michel Vauzelle, Henri Emmanuelli. Utopia: Alterglobalization current led by Franck Pupunat.

Hollande was re-elected. He won 76.96% of the votes

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon FireRed Version and Pokémon LeafGreen Version are enhanced remakes of the 1996 role-playing video games Pokémon Red and Blue. They were developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. FireRed and LeafGreen were first released in Japan in January 2004 and in North America and Europe in September and October 2004 respectively; the games are part of the third generation of the Pokémon video game series and hold the distinction of being the first enhanced remakes of previous games within the franchise. The games have compatibility with the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter, which came bundled with the games. Nearly two years after their original release, Nintendo re-marketed them as Player's Choice titles; as in previous games, the player controls the player character from an overhead perspective and participates in turn-based battles. Throughout the games, the player raises Pokémon for use in battle. New features include a contextual help menu and a new region the player may access after a certain point in the story.

The games received positive reviews, obtaining an aggregate score of 81 percent on Metacritic. Most critics praised the fact that the games introduced new features while still maintaining the traditional gameplay of the series. Reception of the graphics and audio was more mixed, with some reviewers complaining that they were too simplistic and lacked improvement compared to the previous games, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. FireRed and LeafGreen were commercial successes, selling a total of around 12 million copies worldwide; as with all Pokémon role-playing games released for handheld consoles, FireRed and LeafGreen are in a third-person, overhead perspective. The main screen is an overworld. Here, a menu interface may be accessed, in which the player may configure his or her Pokémon and gameplay settings; when the player encounters a wild Pokémon or is challenged by a trainer, the screen switches to a turn-based battle screen that displays the player's Pokémon and the engaged Pokémon. During a battle, the player may select a move for their Pokémon to perform, use an item, switch their active Pokémon, or attempt to flee.

All Pokémon have hit points. Once an opponents Pokémon faints, all of the player's Pokémon involved in the battle receive a certain amount of experience points. After accumulating enough EXP, a Pokémon will level up. Capturing Pokémon is another essential element of the gameplay. During a battle with a wild Pokémon, the player may throw a Poké Ball at it. If the Pokémon is caught, it will come under the ownership of the player. Factors in the success rate of capture include the HP of the target Pokémon and the type of Poké Ball used: the lower the target's HP and the stronger the Poké Ball, the higher the success rate of capture. While FireRed and LeafGreen are remakes of Red and Green, they contain usability enhancements such as a contextual tutorial feature which allows players to look up data at any point in the game. Additionally, when continuing a saved game, players are shown the last four actions they performed, aiding in remembering what they were doing; the games support the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable, through which connected players may trade or battle.

Players may connect with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, as well as with Pokémon Colosseum, allowing them to obtain over 350 Pokémon. FireRed and LeafGreen have the ability to connect to the GameCube and interact with Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire. In Pokémon Box, the player may organize and view their collected Pokémon, in Colosseum, Pokémon may be used in battle. FireRed and LeafGreen are the first games in the series to be compatible with the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter, which comes prepackaged with the games; the adapter can be plugged into the link port of the Game Boy Advance system and allows players within a radius of 30–50 feet to wirelessly interact with each other. In addition, as many as 30 players at a time may join a special location called the "Union Room", where they can trade, battle, or chat. Nintendo set up "JoySpots" at Japanese retail locations for this purpose. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen takes place in the fictional region of Kanto; this is one distinct region of many in the Pokémon world, which includes varied geographical habitats for the Pokémon species, human-populated towns and cities, routes between locations.

Some areas are only accessible once players acquire a special item or one of their Pokémon learns a special ability. Near the end of the plot, the protagonist is able to venture to the Sevii Islands, a new area not present in the original Red and Blue games; the Sevii Islands are an archipelago of seven islands and contain Pokémon exclusive to the Johto region, as well as several post-game missions. After the aforementioned missions on the Sevii Islands are completed, the ability to trade with Ruby and Sapphire for Hoenn-exclusive Pokémon becomes available; the silent protagonist of FireRed and LeafGreen is a child who lives in a small town named Pallet Town. After players start a journey and venture alone into tall grass, a voice warns them to stop. Professor Oak, a famous Pokémon researcher, explains to the player that such grass is the habitat of wild Pokémon, encountering them alone can be dangerous, he takes the player to his laboratory where they meet Oak's grandson, another aspiring Pokémon Trainer.

The player and their rival are both instructed to select a starter Pokémon for their travels. The rival challenges them to a Pokémon ba