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Why Ellen DeGeneres Thinks She Inspired 'Miss Congeniality'


Ellen DeGeneres has some big shoes to fill this Sunday as host of the 86th Academy Awards, but she wasn't only thinking about her upcoming onstage duties in her recent interview with Parade magazine.

The talk show host revealed that she actually inspired one of the biggest chick flicks of all time.

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"'Miss Congeniality' was written based on me," she said. "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."

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While this seems like quite the big statement from the 56-year-old, it seems that she's been holding on to this bit of info for some time now.

"They were filming me behind the scenes backstage, and a stylist, this gay man, was teaching me how to walk in a dress and heels, because you walk differently — you have to put your feet in front of each other instead of sideways," she revealed to Elle magazine in 2007. "The writer saw that and started writing 'Miss Congeniality,' which I'm still furious about, because if he was writing it for me, why didn't he offer it to me? They gave it to Sandra Bullock instead."

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Though the studio has yet to comment on the real inspiration behind the film, it certainly seems like an interesting theory.

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