Ellen is celebrating her birthday this week. She's getting a ton of letters from her fans and started her show on Tuesday, Jan. 23, by reading one. Maura Gonsalves, formerly of Dartmouth, was in the audience and completely unaware of what was about to happen.

Maura’s boyfriend, Noah Copeland, is a supply officer in the United States Navy. The couple moved to San Diego in July of 2016. Noah was deployed overseas just five months after the move to Diego Garcia, an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Maura was left behind in San Diego and they have not seen each other in over a year.

Noah wrote to Ellen knowing that Maura is arguably her biggest fan. He hoped that he could make Maura’s visit to the show a bit more memorable. Surprising Maura on stage at ELLEN is one of the best military reunions I’ve seen.


We reached out to Maura and she could not say enough about the whole day. “It was just an all around amazing experience! I will remember it for the rest of my life! I’m so happy to have my boyfriend home and I am just so grateful for everyone that surprised me and made it such an amazing special moment!”