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03/04/2013 07:44 am ET

Ellen DeGeneres Talks Landing 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' On 'Makers'


To say Ellen DeGeneres is an inspiration to many just goes without saying. But her appearance on Makers, a new video initiative profiling awe-inspiring women, shows just how driven the comedian and talk show host is behind the laughs and sweet dance moves.

DeGeneres talked about the first big moment that changed her career: getting on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." But it wasn't easy getting there. To hear about her attempts to land on America's most watched stage -- and to become the first female comedian to earn a spot in Johnny's chair -- watch the video above.

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