Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedienne, television hostess and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and is also a judge on American Idol, having joined the show in its ninth season. She has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar`s animated film Finding Nemo. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. In 1997, during the fourth season of Ellen, she came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterwards, her character Ellen Morgan also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues as well as the coming out process. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts.
DeGeneres was in a relationship (1997-2000) with former Another World actress Anne Heche who went on to marry cameraman Coley Laffoon. From 2001 to 2004, DeGeneres and actress/director/photographer Alexandra Hedison were in a relationship. They appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media. Since 2004, DeGeneres has been in a relationship with former Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres announced on a May 2008 show that she and de Rossi were engaged, and gave de Rossi a three-carat pink diamond ring. They were married on August 16, 2008 at their home, with nineteen guests including their respective mothers. The passage of Proposition 8 cast doubt on the legal status of their marriage but a subsequent Supreme Court judgment validated it because it occurred before 4 November 2008. They live in Beverly Hills, with three dogs and four cats, and both are vegan. In her book, Love, Ellen, DeGeneres` mother, Betty DeGeneres, describes being initially shocked when her daughter came out as a lesbian, but has become one of her strongest supporters, an active member of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign`s Coming Out Project. DeGeneres` mother is a br**st cancer survivor. In 2007, Forbes estimated DeGeneres` net worth as US$65 million.
Full Name at Birth
Alice Lee DeGeneres
Date of Birth
Comedian, Actress, Producer, Writer
Claim to Fame
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2004) TV commercial for American Express credit card.
(1987) TV commercial, US West Telecommunications (now Qwest).
(2005) TV commercial for XM satellite radio.
(2005) Voiceover for American Express credit card commercials.
TV commercial for Popeye's chicken.
(2007) TV commercial for American Express' Members Project.
(2007) Print ads for American Greetings' "Cards By Ellen" line of greeting cards.
(2008) Print ads for Wyeth's Advil and Advil PM pain relievers and their LifeList contest.
(2009) TV commercial for Covergirl's Simply Ageless makeup.
(2009-12) Print ads or Covergirl/Olay's Simply Ageless makeup.
(2010) Print ads for Glaceau's Vitamin Water Zero.
(February 2012) TV commercial "6 AM Sale" (I Love Lucy twin beds spoof) for JC Penney.
(February 2012) TV commercial "Coupons in the Old West" for JC Penney.
(2012) Print ads for Covergirl + Olay's Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation.
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