Beasley had survived Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, six months prior to her appearance on Ellen. As one of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes in US history, it was no surprise that Beasley was deeply affected by the storm.
“How’d you make out?” DeGeneres asked from her seat on stage, her hair much longer than it would be ten years later. “Well, I lost everything,” said the resilient Beasley, smiling as she added, “But I have my family.”
And, as that grin suggested, she still had her zest for life. In fact, she told DeGeneres that she had made the cross-country trek for one reason: “I had to come and dance with you,” Beasley said. New, happy memories would certainly override the ones made during the hurricane.