Ellen DeGeneres' Family Is Affected By Hurricane Katrina

September 1, 2005-- Posted at 3:05 PM CDT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP)_ Tears were welling up in Ellen DeGeneres' eyes and her voice cracked while talking about her 82-year-old aunt who lives along the Gulf Coast.

For a time, DeGeneres didn't know where Helen Currie was. She's her mother's sister and she lives in Pass Christian, Mississippi, that's just over the state line from New Orleans.

She found out late yesterday that her aunt is okay, but the last she had heard before then was that Currie had grabbed four pictures and fled her house, which is gone now.

DeGeneres is still very concerned about friends who live in her native New Orleans, and she says with the new season of her daytime show starting next week. She doesn't know how she's going to do a monologue.

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