Ellen DeGeneres
American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress
Ellen DeGeneres
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.
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Beyoncé Posts For First Time In Weeks To Support LGBTQ Students
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Beyoncé is making her voice heard when it comes to rights for the LGBTQ community.  On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced it will be rolling back protections put in place by the Obama administration that barred schools from discriminating against transgender students. The previous policy stated that schools receiving federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex, which includes using the restroom of his or her gender identity.  Beyoncé shared a message in support of LGBTQ youth, along with a link to GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness challenge. GLSEN is a group that works to ensure the safety of LGBTQ students in schools.  GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness is an initiative to build a virtual “wall of kindness” with messages of support and reassurance for LGBTQ students.  Since the election, we’ve seen an increase in reports of harassment, bullying, and violence towards LGBTQ students in schools. Now with a new administration in of ...
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Ellen Helps Pay Off Muslim Refugee’s Student Debt
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For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction. When Ekhlas Ahmed, a refugee from Darfur, Sudan, first came to the United States, she didn’t speak a word of English. After getting off at the wrong bus stop on her first day of school and wandering around lost for eight hours, the young girl promised herself that she would master her new language. She studied hard in school and also tuned in to The Ellen Show, carefully jotting down and memorizing some of the words host Ellen Degeneres used on the program. About ten years later, Ahmed is a grad-school student, an activist, and a high school English teacher in Maine who spends extra time helping multilingual students prepare for college. After Ahmed wrote DeGeneres a thank you letter for helping her learn English, the teacher was invited to appear on “The Ellen S ...
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The Song That Was Playing When Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Conceived
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Lin-Manuel Miranda was not afraid, not at all petrified, to reveal the classic song he was conceived to while on The Ellen Show this week. On Monday, the “Hamilton” creator told host Ellen DeGeneres the story of how he found out he’d been conceived to “I Will Survive.” The Ellen Show played the Gloria Gaynor mega hit as Miranda walked on stage, and DeGeneres greeted the actor and composer by saying “that’s your song, ‘I Will Survive.’” Miranda then told the audience the story behind the song. “So, for a while VH1 was airing American Band Stand a lot and one day ‘I Will Survive’ came on,” Miranda said. “And my parents played that song to death, so I changed the channel. My dad comes running in from the other room and says ‘Don’t you ever change the channel on that song, you were conceived to that song in 1979’.” Miranda said it was “quite a story” to hear as a teenager. All we can say is that at least now he knows he has all his life to live (and all his lo ...
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The Grammy Awards 20 Years Ago Were So Typically '90s
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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); With the 59th annual Grammy Awards just around the corner, we think it’s appropriate to honor music’s biggest night with a tribute to the past.  The year was 1997, and some of the the industry’s biggest stars ― Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Beck ― gathered at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for a night of awards, performances and jokes from host Ellen DeGeneres. It was the year 14-year-old (!) LeAnn Rimes became the youngest Grammy winner ever, picking ...
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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Beyonce Pregnancy Photos (VIDEO) - Gossip Cop
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Gossip Cop Ellen DeGeneres Talks Beyonce Pregnancy Photos (VIDEO) Gossip Cop Ellen DeGeneres analyzed Beyonce's pregnancy photo album on Wednesday's “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Watch the hilarious video below! Before discussing the singer's pregnancy photos, DeGeneres noted, “I was thinking, there is a lot going on in the world ... Beyoncé Pregnancy Update: Artist's Grammys Performance Undecided, Singer Trying To Take Things SlowInternational Business Times Beyoncé is reportedly 'very pregnant' and will take it easy during Grammys performanceNew York Daily News Featuring Slow BeyTMZ.com Daily Mail -Sunday World -Celebrity Net Worth -Hollywood Life all 17 news articles »
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Ellen And Drew Barrymore Swipe Right Or Left On Celebs And It's So Good
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It can be scary dipping back into the dating pool after divorce. Luckily, newly single Drew Barrymore has Ellen DeGeneres to help her test out the waters.   On Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the “Santa Clarita Diet” star played a game of “would you swipe right or left on these celebs?” with the TV host. (It starts at the 4:14 mark.)  To start things off, Ellen put Harry Styles on the big screen. Sorry One Direction fans, but Drew swiped left.  “No! He’s like 2!”  But John Oliver? He’s totally swipe-right material in her book. “Ohh, yes!” the 41-year-old star shouted. “Totally for me John Oliver would be the one. But he’s married so I’m sorry to his wife, by the way. I’m not being lascivious!”  It’s OK, Drew, who can resist a man with a British accent, political smarts and a mean tie game?  Watch the clip above for more.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Stories + articlesList=5834878ae4b09b6055ff0a8c,58064f38e4b0180 ...
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Ellen DeGeneres uses 'Finding Dory' to critique Trump's travel ban
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Today in Entertainment: Oprah Winfrey to join '60 Minutes' as contributor; AFI voices support for Asghar Farhadi Jan. 31, 2017, 1:58 p.m. Major award shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner, but much of the arts and entertainment world is spending more time reacting...
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The Funny Reason Kristen Bell Skipped Pumping For A Day
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Many working moms face obstacles when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping. But in Kristen Bell’s line of work, lactation can be an asset. Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Bell and her husband Dax Shepard talked about their experience filming their upcoming movie “CHiPs,” which Shepard also wrote and directed. Bell plays a very unlikable “ex-trophy wife” character, so for the sake of authenticity, the actress believed she should have larger breasts to give the appearance of implants. The couple told DeGeneres that since Bell was lactating at the time, she decided to go a day without pumping to achieve the look. “I was supposed to be pumping every four hours,” said Bell. “So it was like [mimes breasts growing].” Shepard said he was “worried there was going to be a medical issue” and encouraged his wife to pump a little bit. But Bell told him that wouldn’t work. “You can’t! You open the floodgate, that’s a wrap,” she joked. Ultimately, the actres ...
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'Dog's Purpose' Star Dennis Quaid Says Video Flap Makes Him Angry
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Ellen Recruits Hollywood's Biggest LGBTQ Stars To Pay Tribute To Obama
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Ellen DeGeneres followed up her heartfelt goodbye to Barack Obama with a little help from her A-list friends on Friday.  Neil Patrick Harris, Laverne Cox, Jonathan Groff and Evan Rachel Wood are just a few of the LGBTQ stars to thank the former president for his administration’s acknowledgement of the queer community in a video segment that will air on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday. Allies like Debra Messing, Macklemore and Drew Barrymore get in on the fun, too, tipping their hat to the outgoing president’s administration for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” supporting marriage equality and other pro-LGBTQ efforts.  “You presided over a period of time that turned out to be, in many ways, one of the most positive periods of time ever in the lives of gay Americans,” Jim Parsons says in the clip, which can be viewed above. Wood, who is bisexual, echoed those sentiments, thanking Obama for “changing the way that people thought about us, and honestly, the way I ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ellen DeGeneres
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 58
    She reprised the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.
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  • 2015
    Age 57
    In 2015, she was named the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and number two on the World Pride Power list.
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    Forbes estimated DeGeneres' 2015 earnings at US$75 million.
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  • 2014
    Age 56
    DeGeneres represents a line of products on QVC, a home shopping network. Her line of home products, initialized as E.D., for Ellen DeGeneres, began being offered on QVC on October 24, 2014 under the name E.D. on Air.
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    A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the March 2, 2014 broadcast is the most retweeted image ever.
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  • 2013
    Age 55
    DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award as host of the Academy Awards broadcast. On August 2, 2013, it was announced that DeGeneres would host the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 for the second time.
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    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 54
    In spring 2012, DeGeneres became the spokesperson for J. C. Penney in a tour and advertising campaign.
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    It beat the previous record, 778,801, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details DeGeneres lent her voice to the role of Dory, a fish with short-term memory loss, in the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. The film's director, Andrew Stanton, said that he chose Ellen because she changed the subject five times before one sentence had finished on her show. For her performance as Dory, DeGeneres won the Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress; Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards; and the Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association, for Outstanding Voice Acting. She was also nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She also provided the voice of the dog in the prologue of the Eddie Murphy feature film Dr. Dolittle. Her win of the Saturn Award marked the first and only time the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has given the acting award for a voice performance.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres headlined the third annual "Change Begins Within" gala for the David Lynch Foundation held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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    On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres opened the show at the David Lynch Foundation's 3rd annual "Change Begins Within" gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to raise funds to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders.
    More Details Hide Details She says: "TM is the only time I have that stillness… it gives me this peaceful feeling, and I love it so much. I can’t say enough good things about it. All the benefits that you can achieve from sitting still and going within—it really is a beautiful experience. David Lynch is such a wonderful man to start this foundation to help people."
    In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a Special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, DeGeneres came out as lesbian. The disclosure of her sexual orientation sparked intense interest by American tabloids. The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted DeGeneres' professional career and left her "mired in depression". In her book Love, Ellen, DeGeneres' mother, Betty DeGeneres describes being initially shocked when her daughter came out, but she has since become one of her strongest supporters; she is also an active member of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 52
    DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2010, asking people to start "a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one" at Thanksgiving.
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    On August 6, 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
    More Details Hide Details The petition was granted on September 23, 2010. DeGeneres defines herself vegan and "big animal lover". De Rossi is a vegan as well. Ellen co-ordinates a vegan outreach website titled 'Going Vegan with Ellen'. She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through. The site for The Ellen DeGeneres Show contains a section called "Going Vegan With Ellen," in which she promotes "Meatless Mondays" and features vegan recipes. She has several times invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to speak on her show about the organization's efforts in animal protection legislation. In 2009, PETA named her their "Woman of the Year."
    On May 26, 2010, Ellen announced on her show that she was starting her own record label entitled "eleveneleven".
    More Details Hide Details Ellen explained her choice of name, claiming that she often sees the number 11:11 when looking at her clocks, that she found Greyson on the 11th, and that the singer's soccer jersey has the number 11. She mentioned that she had been looking for videos of performances on YouTube to start her label. The first act she signed to the label is Greyson Chance.
    However, on July 29, 2010, DeGeneres and Fox executives announced that the comedian would be leaving American Idol after one season.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement, DeGeneres said that the series "didn't feel like the right fit for me". DeGeneres received wide exposure on November 4, 2001, when she hosted the televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards. Presented after two cancellations due to network concerns that a lavish ceremony following the September 11 attacks would appear insensitive, the show required a more somber tone that would also allow viewers to temporarily forget the tragedy. DeGeneres received several standing ovations for her performance that evening, which included the line: "What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?"
    She made her American Idol debut on February 9, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    On September 9, 2009, it was confirmed that DeGeneres would replace Paula Abdul as a judge of the ninth season of American Idol.
    More Details Hide Details Her role started after the contestant auditions, at the beginning of "Hollywood Week". It is reported that DeGeneres also signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons.
    On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode, featuring celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, and Paris Hilton, among others.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 50
    After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres and de Rossi were engaged, and married on August 16, 2008 at their home in Beverly Hills, California where they live with their four dogs and three cats. The passage of Proposition 8 cast doubt on the legal status of their marriage, but a subsequent California Supreme Court judgment validated it because it occurred before November 4, 2008.
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    In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi.
    More Details Hide Details DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has authored three books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven. She has won 13 Emmys, 14 People's Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), 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 descent. She was raised as a Christian Scientist until age 13.
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In May 2007, DeGeneres was placed on bed rest due to a torn ligament in her back.
    More Details Hide Details She continued hosting her show from a hospital bed, tended to by a nurse, explaining "the show must go on, as they say." Guests sat in hospital beds as well.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    Her most recent American Express commercial, a two-minute black-and-white spot in which she works with animals, debuted in November 2006 and was created by Ogilvy & Mather.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, the commercial won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial. DeGeneres began working with CoverGirl Cosmetics in September 2008, for which she has been criticized, as her animal-friendly values clash with Procter and Gamble's (the maker of CoverGirl Cosmetics) animal testing. Her face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009. The beauty campaign was DeGeneres's first.
    On September 7, 2006, DeGeneres was selected to host the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on February 25, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details This makes her the first openly gay or lesbian person to have hosted the event. During the Awards show, DeGeneres said, "What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion, and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: If there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that." Reviews of her hosting gig were positive, with one saying, "DeGeneres rocked, as she never forgot that she wasn't just there to entertain the Oscar nominees but also to tickle the audience at home." Regis Philbin said in an interview that "the only complaint was there's not enough Ellen."
    In May 2006, DeGeneres made a surprise appearance at the Tulane University commencement in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Following George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to the podium, she came out in a bathrobe and furry slippers. "They told me everyone would be wearing robes," she said. Ellen then went on to make another commencement speech at Tulane in 2009. The show broadcast for a week from Universal Studios Orlando in March 2007. Skits included DeGeneres going on the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride and the Jaws Boat Ride.
    DeGeneres celebrated her thirty-year class reunion by flying her graduating class to California to be guests on her show in February 2006.
    More Details Hide Details She presented Atlanta High School with a surprise gift of a new electronic LED marquee sign.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    In August 2005, DeGeneres hosted the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held on September 18, 2005.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in September 2003.
    More Details Hide Details One of several celebrity-hosted talk shows surfacing at the beginning of that season, including those of Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner, her show has consistently risen in the Nielsen ratings and received widespread critical praise. It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show has won 25 Emmy Awards for its first three seasons on the air. DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks. She often gives away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors.
  • 2001
    Age 43
    DeGeneres returned to television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom, The Ellen Show.
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  • 2000
    Age 42
    From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres maintained a close affair with actress/director/photographer Alexandra Hedison.
    More Details Hide Details The couple appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media. Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi.
    The same year she came out, DeGeneres started a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted until August 2000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    Ellen reached its height of popularity in February 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    More Details Hide Details That April her character on the sitcom came out of the closet to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. The coming-out episode, titled "The Puppy Episode", was one of the highest-rated episodes of the show. The series returned for a fifth season, but experienced falling ratings due to ABC's cutting back on promoting the show. It was believed that The Walt Disney Company, ABC's parent owner, had become uncomfortable with the subject matter depicted on the show now that DeGeneres' character was openly gay. In May 1998, Ellen was canceled. DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy, and later re-established herself as a successful talk show host.
  • 1996
    Age 38
    She also hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and in 1997.
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    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 34
    In 1992, producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black cast DeGeneres in their sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre.
    More Details Hide Details The series was canceled after only four episodes, but Marlens and Black were so impressed with DeGeneres' performance that they soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which they co-created with David S. Rosenthal. DeGeneres's comedy career became the basis of the successful sitcom Ellen, named These Friends of Mine during its first season. The ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres's style of observational humor; it was often referred to as a "female Seinfeld."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 24
    In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1982 she was named Showtime's Funniest Person in America.
    More Details Hide Details Ellen's work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included the film Coneheads. DeGeneres starred in a series of films for a show named Ellen's Energy Adventure, which is part of the Universe of Energy attraction and pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The film also featured Bill Nye, Alex Trebek, Michael Richards, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The show revolved around DeGeneres' falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival, portrayed by Curtis, and Albert Einstein. The next film had DeGeneres co-hosting an educational look at energy with Nye.
  • 1981
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details DeGeneres cites Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, and being a waitress at T.G.I. 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.
  • 1973
    Age 15
    In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on January 26, 1958.
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