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Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres, Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2011
Birth name Ellen Lee DeGeneres
Born (1958-01-26) January 26, 1958 (age 64)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Nationality American
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse Portia de Rossi
Partner(s) Anne Heche
Alexandra Hedison
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
1997 Ellen
Outstanding Talk Show
2004 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2005 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment
2010 The Ellen Degeneres Show
2011 The Ellen Degeneres Show
Outstanding Special Class Writing
2005 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show Host
2005 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2008 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic
Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special
1994 46th Primetime Emmy Awards
2000 Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
Saturn Award
Best Supporting Actress (film)
2003 Finding Nemo
Teen Choice Awards
Best Comedian

Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, television host and actress. She is the host of the talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. She is a very generous person when it comes to giveaways on her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Amen to Ellen DeGeneres she opened minds through humor also.

During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since 2004, DeGeneres has been in a relationship with Australian actress Portia de Rossi. They were married on August 16, 2008.

Early life

DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Pfeffer DeGeneres, a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. She is of French, English, German, and Irish ancestry. She was raised as a Christian Scientist until age 13. In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen's mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father.

DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with a cousin, Laura Gillen. She also held a job selling clothes at the chain store the Merry-Go-Round at the Lakeside Shopping Center. Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, being a waitress at TGI Friday's and another restaurant, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.

On a February 9, 2011, episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres told her studio audience via a letter from the New England Historic Genealogical Society that she is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's 15th cousin via their shared common ancestor Thomas Fairfax. Madonna is DeGeneres' eleventh cousin.

In summer 2020, DeGeneres faced considerable controversy after it came out that her show was being investigated for being a hostile workplace and allegations were made that she instigated the abuse, racism and sexual harassment against her staff.

Personal life

In 2007, Forbes estimated DeGeneres's net worth at US$65 million.

She is a fan of the National Football League, and has shown particular support for the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. In 2011, she attended a Saints practice dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson.

In November 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.

DeGeneres' selfie, which she took at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014 with actors such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong'o, became the most retweeted image ever on Twitter, with over 3 million retweets.

Movie roles

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coneheads Coach
1996 Mr. Wrong Martha Alston
1998 Goodbye Lover Sgt. Rita Pompano
1998 Dr. Dolittle Becca The Tiger (voice)
1999 EDtv Cynthia
1999 Love Letter, TheThe Love Letter Janet Hall
2003 Finding Nemo Dory (voice)
2003 Exploring the Reef Dory (voice) Short film
2016 Finding Dory Dory (voice)

Television roles

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Open House Margo Van Mete 2 episodes
1992 Laurie Hill Nancy MacIntyre 3 episodes
1994–1998 Ellen Ellen Morgan 109 episodes
1995 Roseanne Dr. Whitman Episode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
1998 Mad About You Nancy Bloom Episode: "The Finale"
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Kal Segment: "2000"
2001 On the Edge Operator Segment: "Reaching Normal"
2001 Will & Grace Sister Louise Episode: "My Uncle the Car"
2001–2002 Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen Show Ellen Richmond 18 episodes

Herself roles

Year Title Notes
1988 Women of the Night Comedy special
1990 Arduous Moon Short film
1991 Wisecracks Documentary
1994 Trevor Short film
1996 Ellen's Energy Adventure Short film
1996 38th Annual Grammy Awards TV special
1997 39th Annual Grammy Awards TV special
2000 Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning Comedy special
2001 Saturday Night Live Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres/No Doubt"
2001 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards TV special
2003 Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now Comedy special
2003 MADtv Episode: "9.3"
2003–present Ellen DeGeneres Show, TheThe Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead
2004 My Short Film Short film
2004 E! True Hollywood Story
2004 Six Feet Under Episode: "Parallel Play"
2005 Joey
2005 57th Primetime Emmy Awards TV special
2007 Ellen's Really Big Show
2007 79th Academy Awards TV special
2007 Sesame Street Episode: "The Tutu Spell"; uncredited
2007 Forbes 20 Richest Women in Entertainment
2007 Bachelorette, TheThe Bachelorette
2007–2008 American Idol 2 episodes
2008 Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show Comedy special
2009 Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show Comedy special
2009 So You Think You Can Dance Guest judge; "Week 7 (July 22, 2009)"
2010 American Idol Judge; Season 9
2010 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Episode: "Judge Me Tender"
2014 86th Academy Awards TV special


Year Album Notes
1996 Ellen Degeneres: Taste This Stand-up comedy Live album

Awards and honors

DeGeneres at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012
Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Talk Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Outstanding Talk Show Host, The Ellen DeGeneres Show – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Outstanding Special Class Writing, The Ellen DeGeneres Show – 2005, 2006, 2007
Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Ellen: "The Puppy Episode" – 1997
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2012
People's Choice Awards
  • Favorite Funny Female Star – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Favorite Talk Show Host – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,
  • Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host - 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Favorite Yes I Chose This Star – 2008
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
  • Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie – 2004
  • 2009
  • 2000 Lucy Award, actor, If These Walls Could Talk 2, in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
  • 2012

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