FEBRUARY 14, 2014
To say that the phone call Boston College Graduate School of Social Work student Liz D'Onofrio got last fall was memorable, would be an understatement. The caller was talk show host, comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to D'Onofrio after she had posted the following on her Facebook page: "I just answered an unknown number because I actually thought it might be Ellen DeGeneres. I never, ever want to miss that call."
While D'Onofrio had heard from a producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after that post, she had no idea DeGeneres would call her directly, much less during a taping of the talk show.
"It was very surprising," said D'Onofrio, who said she could hear the audience reacting as she answered DeGeneres’ call. Initially, the point of DeGeneres' call was to offer D’Onofrio a copy of her new CD, "Ellen's I'm Gonna Make You Dance Jams."
But a stronger connection was made when DeGeneres found out about D'Onofrio's work as an intern at the Children's Room in Arlington, a place that offers support for grieving children who have lost someone in their family. DeGeneres responded with "I love you…I'm so glad I called you." Next thing D'Onofrio knew, DeGeneres had invited her to California to meet her and come to a taping of the show. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »