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.

Ellen DeGeneres Forced To Apologise Over 'Jenna Dewan-Tatum' Slip

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 May 2018

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It's hard to change such a habit after nine years.

Ellen Degeneres is not the first, nor will she be the last, to struggle against the habit of calling Jenna Dewan 'Jenna Dewan-Tatum'. But she gracefully apologised for the split when the dancer and actress appeared on her show this week, with the star being thoroughly forgiving about it.

Image caption Jenna Dewan at NBC Universal Summer Upfront event

The talk-show host made the slip-up when she was introducing Jenna to the stage to join her 'World of Dance' co-stars Jennifer Lopez with Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, and addressed it directly towards the end of the interview with her sincere apologies.

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Carson Daly, Ellen Degeneres and Nsync at the Walk of Fame ceremony where NSYNC were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The nineties boyband landed the 2,636th star on the Hollywood Boulevard, sixteen years after they split - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 30th April 2018

No-one Believed Amy Schumer's Engagement Announcement At Ellen's Party

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 April 2018

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She was married within days of her engagement.

Amy Schumer managed to shock her peers when she tied the knot with her new partner Chris Fischer less than a year after her break-up with her last boyfriend. She opened up to Ellen Degeneres about the celebrating her engagement at the talk show host's birthday party.

Image caption Amy Schumer at the premiere of 'I Feel Pretty'

The 36-year-old wasted no time in getting back on the horse following her split from furniture designer Ben Hanisch in May last year. She ended up getting together chef Chris Fischer, who she had been introduced to by her former manager, and the pair hit it off so well that they were engaged by February 2018.

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Ellen DeGeneres Teams Up With Brad Paisley For 'The 2nd Responders' Benefit Concert

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 21 March 2018

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They are hoping to give back to the economy following the wildfires and mudslides of 2017.

Ellen Degeneres has teamed up with country star Brad Paisley to organise a special concert in California to benefit the local economy following the disastrous series of wildfires and mudslides that hit the region last year. Tickets for the Spring show go on sale later this week.

Image caption Ellen DeGeneres at the 'Finding Dory' premiere

Featuring 'Brad Paisley and friends', the show will take place at the Santa Barbara Bowl on May 12th as the city continues to recover from the damage caused by the 9,133 fires across 1,381,405 acres of land, as well as the deadly mudslides caused by the flooding that same year.

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Ellen DeGeneres On The Heartbreak That Began Her Career, And It's Heartbreaking Near End

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 March 2018

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She reflects on what life was like before her career, and after she came out.

While Ellen Degeneres may be a figure of hope and happiness to many people, her journey to stardom has hardly been an easy one. She opened up to Dax Shepard about how her career failed after coming out as gay, and the heartbreak she suffered within her own love life.

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

The 60-year-old has always been candid about her sexuality since coming out on the sitcom 'Ellen' in 1997. But that doesn't mean it was easy for her afterwards. In fact, her honesty almost derailed her career, and while everybody loves and accepts her now, back then she was considered a big joke.

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Jimmy Kimmel Gets A Touching Surprise From Pal Ellen DeGeneres

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 01 March 2018

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She has made a dedication to his son Billy.

Ellen Degeneres invited her close friend and fellow talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on her show this week to reveal a special surprise she had in store for him and his family. Plus, he opens up about the most awkward time he ever got over-emotional about something.

Image caption Jimmy Kimmel at the LGBT Gala Awards

Viewers of 'The Ellen Show' helped raise $1 million for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles following Jimmy's emotional plea for donations while his baby son Billy was going through a number of heart surgeries. If that wasn't enough, Ellen had an even more touching gift for him.

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'Trump Went Too Far': Ellen DeGeneres Hits Back At The President's Oprah Criticism

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 22 February 2018

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Who would you rather have running the country?

As could have been predicted, Ellen Degeneres has lashed out at the President after he Tweeted his disdain of Oprah Winfrey over the weekend. She took him down in the ultimate comparison test, proving that Oprah will always be a much more iconic figure for what the USA stands for than Donald Trump will ever be.

Image caption Ellen DeGeneres at the 'Finding Dory' premiere

During the opening monologue on her show, she spoke about how it was George Washington's birthday and used the topic of Presidents to segue into a discussion of another ridiculous Trump Tweet in which he slammed Oprah Winfrey for her political 60 Minutes debate segment.

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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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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