Ellen DeGeneres

Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres was best known for her groundbreaking sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98) and her lively daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated, 2003- ), which earned multiple Daytime ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1958 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (131)

Ellen 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen's Design Challenge 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Teen Choice 2015 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ellen DeGeneres Show 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Ellen DeGeneres: Mark Twain Prize 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Justin Bieber's Believe 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Out List 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

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Teen Choice 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

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2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Christmas in Washington 2010 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Teen Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen's Somewhat Special Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Teen Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ellen's Bigger Longer and Wider Show 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

So You Think You Can Dance 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teen Choice 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Ellen's Really Big Show 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Ted Demme 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Pauly Shore is Dead 2004 (Movie)

Herself--Cameo (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2004 (Tv Show)

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A Home For the Holidays 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Dory (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Will & Grace 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Primetime Glick 1994 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Ellen Show 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Equality Rocks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Women Rock! Girls & Guitars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Live at the Grammys 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Rita Pompano (Actor)

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of Prologue Dog (Voice)

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Women of the Net 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Music in Movies '96 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Roseanne 1995 (Tv Show)

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The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Before They Were Stars 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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These Friends of Mine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

Komedy All Stars 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Laurie Hill 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Six Comics in Search of a Generation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Open House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Comedy Club Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Women of the Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Duet (TV Show)

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If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Ellen Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Hello Goodbye 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Big Happy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Repeat After Me 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bethenny 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Little Big Shots (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres was best known for her groundbreaking sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98) and her lively daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated, 2003- ), which earned multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host. DeGeneres started her career as a stand-up comedian, eventually parlaying her deadpan, observational style into a sitcom which made TV history for the coming out of its main character - a gay Ellen both on and off screen. The controversial, groundbreaking move effectively spelled the end of DeGeneres' sitcom career in 1998, but the down-to-earth - if not a little neurotic - talent rebounded a few years later as the move-busting host of a talk show bursting with A-list celebrities and a boisterous audience full of soccer moms. The sparkling blue-eyed blonde was also well-liked as the host of both Emmy and Academy Awards telecasts. It was, in fact, hard to find anyone who did not like DeGeneres, such was her good-hearted nature both on and off screen, as well as her pride in her sexual orientation, but her refusal to force it in people's faces. She was the harmless, funny best friend everyone wished they could have and no amount of scandals - including a WGA strike picket-line crossing and the dramatic break-up of her often-chronicled relationship with actress Anne Heche - could tarnish the love fans held for the classy comic.

Relationships

Vance DeGeneres Writer

Brother
Born Sept. 2, 1954; first big break came as part of the creative team for "The Mr. Bill Show", originally submitted to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) by his New Orleans roommate Walter Williams and him as a comic home movie; wrote several episodes for the fantasy kid series "Eerie, Indiana" and the 1994 Emmy Awards; also wrote for "Ellen" during the "coming out" season; later was correspondent on the Jon Stewart hosted "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central)

Elliott DeGeneres

Father
Divorced from DeGeneres' mother Remarried

Betty DeGeneres

Mother
Had a brief marriage after she dropped out of college prior to marrying Elliott DeGeneres Divorced from DeGeneres' father In 1997, became the first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project, which battled homophobia

Anne Heche Actor

Companion
Met at the Vanity Fair party on Oscar night in 1997 Split in August 2000; Heche later married a cameraman who worked on a documentary she was making about DeGeneres' comedy tour

Alexandra Hedison Actor

Companion
Began dating in fall 2000 Had an on-again, off-again relationship until 2004

Kathy Perkoff

Companion
Possibly DeGeneres' first serious lover Died in tragic car accident in 1980

Portia de Rossi Actor

Wife
Began dating in December 2004 Couple announced they will legally wed after the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage on May 15, 2008 Married Aug. 16, 2008 at their Beverly Hills, CA estate

EDUCATION

Atlanta High School

Atlanta , Texas
Member of varsity tennis team

Milestones

2009

Joined the ninth season of Fox's "American Idol" as the fourth judge, replacing Paula Abdul; resigned after one season

2007

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earned 12 Daytime Emmy nominations

2007

Hosted the 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremony (aired in February); earned an Emmy nomination for Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

2005

Hosted the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards

2004

Guest role on the HBO series "Six Feet Under"

2004

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for "The Funny Thing is..."

2003

Voiced the absent-minded fish Dory in the animated hit feature "Finding Nemo"

2003

Hosted own TV show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

2001

Hosted the annual telecast of the Emmy Awards; received Emmy nomination

2001

Made long-awaited return to sitcoms as star and executive producer of "The Ellen Show" (CBS)

2000

Co-starred (also produced) with Sharon Stone as a lesbian couple trying to have a child in the Anne Heche-directed segment of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO); as producer was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Made for TV-Movie

2000

Headlined the HBO comedy special "Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning"; also served as executive producer and writer; garnered Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance in Variety and for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special

1999

Had featured role as a TV programmer in "Edtv"; garnered unintentional laughs when her character proclaimed, "I know what women want"

1999

Co-starred as Kate Capshaw's best friend in "The Love Letter"

1998

Acted in Roland Joffe's "Goodbye, Lover"; co-starring Don Johnson, Dermot Mulroney and Mary-Louise Parker

1997

Earned Emmy nomination for playing herself on an episode of the HBO comedy series "The Larry Sanders Show"

1997

Publicly revealed that she was a lesbian just prior to having her TV character come out on ABC's "Ellen"

1996

Hosted the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards; received Emmy nomination

1996

First leading role in films, "Mr. Wrong"

1994

Starred on the ABC sitcom "Ellen," a retooled version of "These Friends of Mine"; earned four consecutive Emmy nominations as lead actress in a comedy series

1994

Starred on the ensemble sitcom "These Friends of Mine" (ABC)

1993

Feature acting debut, "Coneheads"

1992

Cast on the short-lived series "Laurie Hill" (ABC)

1991

Feature debut, "Wise Cracks"

1990

Starred in her own HBO comedy special

1989

Cast as a regular in the "Duet" spin-off series "Open House" (Fox)

1988

TV series debut, "Duet" (Fox)

1986

TV debut on HBO's "The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion"

1986

Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC); allegedly the first female comic asked to the couch on her first show

1982

Named "Funniest Person in America" by Showtime after a nationwide search

1980

First stand-up appearance in a New Orleans comedy club consisted of eating a Whopper, fries and a shake

Raised in New Orleans and Texas

Toured the country performing stand-up act

Bonus Trivia

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DeGeneres was named Best Female Comedy Club Stand-up at the 1991 American Comedy Awards.

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"I was serving coffee and Xeroxing at a law firm in New Orleans, and all of sudden, I was the Funniest Person in America. It was nice to win, but imagine having to wear that title around your neck for a year." – DeGeneres to Jefferson Graham of USA Today, March 29, 1994

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"I was thinking what's the thing anyone could ask me now or say about me? And it's like nothing, really. I mean, not even Howard Stern can hurt me now." – DeGeneres to Time magazine, April 14, 1997

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"Right now, the jury is still out on my career. Let's see if I can accomplish what I want to accomplish, which is getting over stereotypes. I still think in 30 years we'll be dealing with homophobia, and it would be nice to have 'Ellen' on Nick at Nite along with Mary Tyler Moore, someone that [gay] kids could identify with. I have a tendency to diminish what I do for a living, but I also know I'm going to leave here, and I won't be somebody who just had a sitcom but someone who helped change people's minds." – DeGeneres quoted in TV Guide, Oct. 11, 1997

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"My show wasn't appreciated, and my talent isn't appreciated, and I wish people could get beyond the fact that I'm gay. I'm sure even talking like this brings it up again – 'If she would just shut up for two years, then we'd hire her.' That's what people say: Has it been enough time, has it died down? But we're just trying to be truthful, and what we've learned is that it is a hard town to be truthful in." – DeGeneres in Los Angeles Times magazine, Nov. 29, 1998

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On July 29, 2010, DeGeneres announced on her Web site that she was not returning as an "American Idol" (Fox) judge. "It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for," she said. "I loved the experience working on 'Idol' and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be."

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In November 2011, DeGeneres was named Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. DeGeneres was tasked to raise awareness of the disease and give hope to AIDS sufferers. "The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I'm happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope," DeGeneres said. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go look up what 'envoy' means."

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DeGeneres was announced by the Kennedy Center as the 2012 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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