Ellen Degeneres

  • 15 January 2008

Date of birth

26th January, 1958

Occupation

TV Presenter

Sex

1st January, 1970

Height

1.71

Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26 1958) Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian best known as the host of her talk show 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'.

Net worth: Ellen DeGeneres' net worth is $250 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2010).

Childhood: Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana. Her parents were speech therapist Elizabeth Jane 'Betty' Pfeffer and insurance agent Elliott Everett DeGeneres; the couple divorced in 1974. She was brought up as Christian Scientist until her early teens. DeGeneres attended Atlanta High School before majoring in communication studies at The University Of New Orleans. She soon dropped out to work with her cousin at a law firm. Among her other jobs were selling clothes at the Lakeside Shopping Centre and J.C. Penney, waitressing at TGI Friday's, painting houses, hostessing and bartending.

Career Ellen: DeGeneres' stand-up comedy career began in small venues. She emceed at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans before touring around the country. By 1982, she had been dubbed Showtime's Funniest Person in America. She appeared on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' in 1986. DeGeneres featured in 'Open House' and the film 'Coneheads'. She was cast in the sitcom 'Laurie Hill' in 1992 by producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black to play Nurse Nancy MacIntrye. The show was soon cancelled, however Marlens and Black enjoyed her performance so much that they cast her in their pilot 'These Friends Of Mine'; a show which was later titled 'Ellen' and ran between 1994 and 1998. The show hit huge ratings after she came out as homosexual. As part of a new attraction named 'Ellen's Energy Adventure' at 'Universe of Energy' - a pavillion at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park - she appeared in a series of three films. The ride opened in 1996. DeGeneres landed her first recurring TV role as Margo Van Meter in 'Open House', starring alongside Alison LaPlaca and Mary Page Keller. In 2003, DeGeneres started her daytime talk show, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. The show won 25 Primetime Emmys over the course of the first three series. In 2006, she flew her graduating class to California to appear on the show during their 30 year anniversary reunion. In 2009, she celebrated the 1000th episode with guests including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton. DeGeneres replaced judge Paula Abdul on 'American Idol' for the ninth season, but left the show after that season despite a 5 season contract. DeGeneres is also known for hosting the worlds biggest award ceremonies, among them being the 2001 and 2005 Emmys, the 1996 and 1997 Grammys and 79th and 86th Oscars. DeGeneres has also done some voice acting, most notably as a fish with short term memory less named Dory in the animated film 'Finding Nemo,' which won her a handful of awards such as a Saturn Award, a Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for 'Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie' and an Annie Award for 'Outstanding Voice Acting'. She also lent her voice to a dog in 'Dr. Dolittle'. DeGeneres won American Express an Emmy for their 2006 commercial featuring her working with animals. In 2008, DeGeneres began working with Cover Girl Cosmetics, but was criticised due to her animal rights values clashing with Cover Girl's use of animal testing. As of 2010 DeGeneres has her own record label called Eleveneleven. Greyson Chance was the first acted the label signed.

Personal Life: Ellen DeGeneres is openly homosexual. She had a relationship with actress Anne Heche which lasted from 1997 to 2000. She then dated Alexandria Hedison from 2001 to 2004, before entering into a relationship with Portia De Rossi who she married in 2008. DeGeneres is vegan and a 'big animal lover', running a vegan outreach program called 'Going Vegan with Ellen'. Her work to protect animals had her named 'Woman of the Year' by PETA in 2009. In 2010, DeGeneres was the campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's 'Adopt A Turkey' Project, which asked people to start a new Thanksgiving tradition of adopting a turkey to replace the current tradition of eating one.

Ain't No Party Like An Ellen Party! Ellen DeGeneres Spills On Birthday Antics

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 13 February 2018

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She got all her musical friends to perform for free.

Everyone can cancel their next birthday party because they can be sure that it won't be anywhere near as good as Ellen Degeneres' 60th birthday celebrations last weekend. She essentially got a star-studded impromptu concert going on at whatever venue the event was held at.

Image caption Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the People's Choice Awards

Obviously Portia De Rossi is Ellen's favourite person in the world anyway, but she's just gone up in the wife stakes by throwing an absolute blast of a party for her 60-year-old spouse. There were so many famous people there, it might as well have been the Grammys (though we imagine Ellen was the only one getting a prize here).

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Ellen DeGeneres Tells Sean Combs Off For Being Late To Her Show

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 09 February 2018

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Being late to 'The Ellen Show' is just a bit no-no.

Sean Combs made a huge celebrity faux pas this week when he showed up to 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' super late for his interview. Of course, the host berated him a little for his tardiness, and ended up making him promise that he isn't too late for her belated 60th birthday party.

Image caption Sean Combs at the Pirelli calendar event

After a brief discussion about the rapper's latest moniker (it's not Diddy, Puff Daddy or Puffy anymore, it's Love), Ellen smoothly segued into the reason why he kept her, her producers and her audience waiting. It's not clear how late he arrived, but it was apparently too late for hair and make-up.

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Melissa McCarthy Gets Out Of Control At A Good Party

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 07 February 2018

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She spoke to Ellen about her behaviour on a dancefloor.

Everyone has an idea of the celebrity they'd most like to party with given the opportunity, and right now we're totally going with Melissa McCarthy. She revealed on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' just how out-of-control her behaviour gets at parties, particularly when there's alcohol involved.

Image caption Melissa McCarthy at the premiere for 'Chips'

The 47-year-old, who is set to star in the upcoming comedy 'Life of the Party' about a mother who returns to college to finish her degree, told Ellen that she was excited to attend her belated 60th birthday celebrations, but gave her fair warning about what she can expect from her.

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A Rundown Of Ellen DeGeneres' 60th Birthday Surprises

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 02 February 2018

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Everyone was on hand to wish this national treasure a happy birthday.

It looks like Ellen Degeneres had a 60th birthday to remember with a deluge of birthday messages from her celebrity friends, and some very special surprise guests on her show. We don't know how she managed to keep it all together with all the love in the room.

Image caption Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the People's Choice Awards

First off, her opening monologue was interrupted by the unceasingly funny Sofia Vergara from 'Modern Family', who brought Ellen a much needed gift now that she was entering her OAP years; a fully-functional mobility scooter, complete with a folder of coupons.

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When Margot Robbie Met Ellen: Shorts And An Ex-President Made For An Interesting Honeymoon

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 January 2018

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The actress has the funniest story about her husband and meeting Ellen.

Margot Robbie has just delivered what is perhaps the most hilarious 'When I met Ellen' story ever told during her appearance on 'The Ellen Show' last week. On the other hand, it's safe to say that her husband Tom Ackerley found the whole thing less amusing.

Image caption Margot Robbie at the Critics' Choice Awards

The 'I, Tonya' star and her new husband were on a delayed honeymoon following the completion of her movie. After four days spent on a remote island in Tahiti without electricity or even mirrors, they ended the week with a stay at a luxury hotel.

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Kumail Nanjiani Tells Ellen DeGeneres The Most Hilarious 911 Story

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 January 2018

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He explains just how easy it is to mistake a skunk for a fire.

Calling emergency services when it turns out there's no real emergency is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a person - but it certainly informed some great comedy for comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who spoke about his experience on 'The Ellen Show' this week.

Image caption Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon at the BAFTA Los Angeles tea party

The 'Silicon Valley' star, who last year wrote and appeared in his semi-autobiographical film 'The Big Sick' last year, talks about how sometimes moments with his wife and writing partner Emily V. Gordon helps him write jokes. He opens up about one exchange in particular that took place at 4am recently.

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Ellen DeGeneres 'Flattered' By Eric Trump's Deep State Conspiracy Theory

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 January 2018

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She just doesn't have that kind of time, Eric.

Just another ridiculous statement to come out of the Trump family; Ellen Degeneres is now being accused of being a part of a secret government conspiracy called the 'Deep State', just because she popped up on Eric Trump's Twitter suggestions. But the comedian is way too busy with her gay agenda and illuminati meetings.

Image caption Ellen DeGeneres at the 'Finding Dory' premiere

When Ellen found that she was trending on Twitter yesterday (January 3rd 2018), she thought people were just raving about her new series 'Ellen's Game Of Games'. They were, of course, but they were also discussing Eric Trump's screenshot which featured Ellen, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as add suggestions.

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Eight Talk Show Inspired Family Games To Play This Christmas

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 December 2017

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The best holiday games, mostly inspired by Jimmy Fallon.

Christmastime for most people is the time of year when you get together with your whole family, exchange gifts, eat yourselves stupid, watch the same movies and, of course, play a few games. Aside from the usual charades, karaoke, Cards Against Humanity and board games, here's some super entertaining games you can play, all inspired by talk show segments.

Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes after party

1. Whisper Challenge: A 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' favourite, this one is loud and very silly. The aim of the game is to guess what phrase the challenger is saying just by reading their lips. The person guessing has to wear headphones blaring loud music so they can't hear; though of course you could just have the challenger mouthe the words instead.

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Ellen DeGeneres Under Fire For Sexism After Katy Perry Birthday Tweet

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 26 October 2017

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DeGeneres has come under fire for a tweet she sent celebrating Katy Perry's birthday.

Ellen Degeneres has attracted vociferous criticism over a recent tweet she directed to Katy Perry, with many decrying the presenter as “sexist” and as having “double standards”.

The daytime talk show host tweeted on Wednesday (October 25th) to wish the pop megastar a happy 33rd birthday.

“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry! It’s time to bring out the big balloons!” the 59 year old presenter wrote, captioning a picture of her gawping open-mouthed at Perry’s breasts, in an attempt at humour as it referenced the lyrics to the star’s ‘Birthday’ hit.

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Ellen DeGeneres Would Never Invite Donald Trump Onto Her Show

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 21 September 2017

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DeGeneres invited Megyn Kelly onto her show this week, and they discussed Donald Trump.

Ellen Degeneres has admitted that she would never Donald Trump to be a guest on her daytime talk show – because she believes that the controversial president represents a threat to the country, and to her personally.

The 59 year old chat show host Ellen had NBC’s Megyn Kelly – who was infamously a target of Trump’s presidential campaign last year – on her show on Wednesday (September 20th). She asked Kelly whether she would ever consider having Trump as a guest on her new morning show, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’, which launches next Monday.

“Definitely,” Kelly responded. “I mean, I would not say no to the sitting president of the United States.”

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Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia De Rossi hold hands as they stroll Melrose Place - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi in the press room for the 2017 People's Choice Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th January 2017

Ellen Degeneres who voices Dory at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory'. Whilst visiting London, Ellen and her wife Portia De Rossi also went to the Wimbledon finals. London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016

Ellen Degeneres who voices Dory at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory' seen posing with her wife Portia De Rossi and Dominic West. Odeon Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016

Dominic West posing alone and Ellen Degeneres at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory', West voices one of the seals, Rudder, in the movie. Odeon Leicester Square London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016