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SISTERWOMAN.COM Community Names Ellen DeGeneres ''Ideal Dinner Guest''; Maya Angelou, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton are Runners-Up.

SEATTLE -- Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys.
 has been named the "Ideal Dinner Guest," according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 a poll conducted by, a new social networking site A Web site that provides a virtual community for people interested in a particular subject or just to "hang out" together. Members create their own online "profile" with biographical data, pictures, likes, dislikes and any other information they choose to post.  that celebrates women's friendships. Voters cited the talk show host's ability to make others laugh as the No. 1 reason to invite her over for dinner.

Ellen garnered 28% of the vote to win; finishing in a very close second was living legend Living Legend may refer to:
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 Maya Angelou Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled until (UTC) due to vandalism.  with 26% of votes. And in what could be a foreshadowing fore·shad·ow  
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 of the 2008 presidential race, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton finished neck-and-neck at third and fourth with 10% and 9.5% of votes, respectively. Overall, respondents said their ideal dinner guest should bring more to the table than just her fame. She should be engaging and entertaining yet "down-to-earth enough to eat mac and cheese with me and my kids," says one.

Pointing to her quirky sense of humor Noun 1. sense of humor - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humour, humor, humour
 as her No. 1 ideal-dinner-guest quality, DeGeneres is also "spirited and smart," comments one poll taker Noun 1. poll taker - someone who conducts surveys of public opinion; "a pollster conducts public opinion polls"; "a headcounter counts heads"
headcounter, pollster, canvasser

asker, enquirer, inquirer, querier, questioner - someone who asks a question
. Says another: "It would be like having a really cool relative who just happens to be uber funny and a celebrity."

Angelou's wisdom and intelligence were just two of the attributes that would make her the perfect guest. "Maya Angelou epitomizes what it means to be strong, confident and talented," one fan says. "You could learn more in one hour with her than anyone else on the planet."

Demonstrating the sheer force of her popularity, write-in vote Oprah Winfrey finished in the top 5. Other write-ins included Meryl Streep, Gayle King, Princess Diana, and Mary Magdalene.

Randomly selected members of the Sisterwoman community were asked to choose the ideal dinner guest from a list that also included Martha Stewart, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Paula Abdul, comedian Margaret Cho and actress Denise Richards.

"My first choice would have been Martha Stewart but then I would have been too worried if my dinner didn't come out okay," comments one respondent. "So then I decided it would be Ellen DeGeneres because then we could just laugh it off if it didn't."

About is the first online community to celebrate and nurture women's real-life "SisterCircles," while also fostering connections to new girlfriends from around the world. It allows women to easily share experiences, emotions, and advice, and to exchange information such as videos, photos, and social calendars. gives girlfriends an easy way to stay in touch despite increasingly hectic lives.
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