Ellen DeGeneres

Stand-up Comedian + Television Host and Actress
Born Jan 26, 1958

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on January 26, 1958.


1973 15 Years Old In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. … Read More
1976 18 Years Old 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. … Read More


1981 23 Years Old DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981 she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. … Read More
1982 24 Years Old In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1982 she was named Showtime's Funniest Person in America. … Read More


1992 34 Years Old …  In 1992, producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black cast DeGeneres in their sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre. … Read More
1996 38 Years Old 1 More Event
The ride first opened on September 15, 1996, as Ellen's Energy Crisis, but was quickly given the more positive-sounding name Ellen's Energy Adventure.
1997 39 Years Old Ellen reached its height of popularity in February 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show. … Read More


2000 42 Years Old 1 More Event
The same year she came out, DeGeneres started a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted until August 2000.
2001 - 2005 3 More Events
DeGeneres celebrated her thirty-year class reunion by flying her graduating class to California to be guests on her show in February 2006. … Read More
2007 49 Years Old In May 2007, DeGeneres was placed on bed rest due to a torn ligament in her back. … Read More


2008 - 2009 4 More Events
She made her American Idol debut on February 9, 2010.
On a February 2011 episode of her show, she told her studio audience of a letter from the New England Historic Genealogical Society confirming she is 15th cousin to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge via their shared common ancestor Thomas Fairfax.
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  It beat the previous record, 778,801, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election. … Read More
2013 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2013, she donated $25,000 to stop Ag-Gag anti-whistleblower legislation in Tennessee, which would prohibit undercover investigators from recording footage of animal abuse on farms.
2014 56 Years Old 1 More Event
A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the March 2, 2014 broadcast is the most retweeted image ever.
2015 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Forbes estimated DeGeneres' 2015 earnings at US$75 million.
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