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Ellen urges famous friends to donate birthday gift cash

ContactMusic.com: "Comedienne-turned-TV talk show queen ellen DeGeneres has asked her famous friends to donate cash to Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation instead of buying her 50th birthday gifts. DeGeneres turned 50 in January (08), but she'll officially celebrate her landmark birthday on 10 May (08) with a TV special. And guests like Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Fergie, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Lee Curtis are being asked to give donations to Pitt's New Orleans, Louisiana rebuilding project.

The bash at the studio where DeGeneres tapes her talk show follows an intimate party the comedienne's partner Portia de Rossi threw at their home."

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