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Ellen DeGeneres: Miss Congeniality Was Based On Me

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By Karen Brill

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Ellen DeGeneres is not only hosting the Oscars, but she also once inspired a movie and beat out a big star for a film role.

In a new interview with Parade, DeGeneres says she was the inspiration for the 2000 hit Miss Congeniality, starring Sandra Bullock.

Miss Congeniality was written based on me,” she shares.

She explains, “When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time — a man — was teaching me, and it was ­hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant.”

That’s not DeGeneres’ only notable Hollywood story.

Back when DeGeneres was pursuing an acting career, she beat out a close “Friend” for a part in the 1999 comedy EdTV.

Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently ­reminded me that I beat her out of that. I got the part and Jen Aniston didn’t! That’ll probably be the only time that happens,” says the talk show host.

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