Ellen DeGeneres

BirthDay:

26 Jan 1958

BirthPlace:

Metairie, Louisiana, USA

BirthName:

Ellen Lee DeGeneres

Bio:

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. Her parents divorced when she was sixteen years old. Her mother remarried, and her new husband, salesman Roy Gruessendorf, moved the family to Atlanta, Texas.

After graduating from Atlanta High School in 1976, Ellen attended the University of New Orleans as a communication major, but she dropped out after one semester. She held a wide variety of jobs until she turned to stand-up comedy, making her bones at small clubs and coffeehouses before working her way up to emcee Clyde's Comedy Club by 1981. Her comedy was described as a distaff version of Bob Newhart. Beginning in the early 1980s, she toured nationally and was named the funniest person in America after winning a competition sponsored by the cable network Showtime. This led to better gigs, including her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1986.

Though DeGeneres's early forays into series television were not successful (she appeared as a supporting player in two short-lived TV situation comedies in the period 1989-92, Open House (1989) and Laurie Hill (1992)), she scored a hit headlining her own 1994 sitcom on ABC "These Friends of Mine" (later renamed Ellen (1994) after its first season). She made TV history in April 1997 when her character, and DeGeneres herself personally, revealed that she was a lesbian. However, the show was canceled the following season due to declining ratings, after which DeGeneres returned to the stand-up circuit. In 2001, DeGeneres launched a new series, The Ellen Show (2001), on CBS, but it suffered from poor ratings and was canceled.

Redemption as a television artiste came in 2003, when DeGeneres's daytime talk show, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) proved to be both a critical hit and a commercial success. Along with good ratings, the show has won unprecedented kudos from the industry, winning 15 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons on the air and becoming the first talk show in TV history to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in its first three seasons.

DeGeneres has also made a name for herself as a host of awards shows. She hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1997, as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2005. In February 2007, she had the ultimate TV awards show gig, hosting the Oscars, which she hosted again in 2014.
Filmography

Actor ( 117 credits )

Finding Dory (2016) Dory (voice)
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live (2015) Herself
Unity (2015) Narrator (voice)
Ellen's Design Challenge (2015)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2015)
Els dies clau (2015)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Xuxa Meneghel (2015)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
BNow! (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Herself (2 episodes, 2015)
Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) Herself
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bethenny (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Inside Comedy (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Steve Harvey (2012)  Herself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Magpakailanman (2012)  Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
1002 Momentos de la tele (2012)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
MAKERS: Women Who Make America Video Archive (2012)  Herself
A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation (2011) Herself
The Undefeated (2011) Herself - Interviewing Sharon Osborne (archive footage)
Unite for Japan (2011) Herself
The 2011 Comedy Awards (2011) Herself (archive footage)
Kitchen Cousins (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
7 Minutes in Heaven (2011)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Oprah Presents: Master Class (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2015)
Miss Representation (2011) Herself (archive footage)
Meeting Ellen (2011) Herself (uncredited)
You've Got... (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Conan (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Ellen Morgan (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
My Short Film (2005) Ellen
So You Think You Can Dance (2005)  Herself - Guest Dancer / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
The Hour (2005)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
20 to 1 (2005)  Ellen Morgan (1 episode, 2007)
Joey (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2014)
Finding Nemo (2003) Dory (voice)
Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) Ellen DeGeneres
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (5 episodes, 2007-2014)
Last Comic Standing (2003)  Herself - Talk Show Host (1 episode, 2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Herself - Host / ... (1,534 episodes, 2003-2014)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Bachelorette (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Anna Nicole Show (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2002)
American Idol (2002)  Herself - Judge / ... (39 episodes, 2007-2011)
Reaching Normal (2001) Operator
Six Feet Under (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Bernie Mac Show (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
The Ellen Show (2001)  Ellen Richmond (18 episodes, 2001-2002)
Primetime Glick (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
When I Was a Girl (2001) (unknown episodes)
The Isaac Mizrahi Show (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Love Letter (1999) Janet Hall
Edtv (1999) Cynthia Topping
Goodbye Lover (1998) Sgt. Rita Pompano
Doctor Dolittle (1998) Prologue Dog (voice)
Will & Grace (1998)  Sister Louise (1 episode, 2001)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Herself - Center Square (40 episodes, 2002-2003)
City Confidential (1998)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Fox Files (1998)  Herself (segment "Frankly, Bethenny") (1 episode, 2013
The View (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 2005)
Corazón de... (1997)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005)
Behind the Music (1997)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
Mr. Wrong (1996) Martha Alston
Ellen's Energy Adventure (1996) Herself
Access Hollywood (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 1996)
The Dana Carvey Show (1996)  Ellen Morgan (uncredited) (1 episode, 1996)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Herself (7 episodes, 2008)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
MADtv (1995)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Herself (2 episodes, 2007-2014)
Ellen (1994)  Ellen Morgan (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
Extra (1994)  Herself (2 episodes, 2014)
Howard Stern (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 1998)
WGN Morning News (1994)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
Trevor (1994) Ellen DeGeneres
Coneheads (1993) Coach
WWF Raw (1993)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself / ... (7 episodes, 1993-2010)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 1996-2003)
Mad About You (1992)  Nancy Bloom (1 episode, 1998)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)  Herself (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
Dateline NBC (1992)  Herself - Host, The Ellen Show (segment "Christina Agu
Laurie Hill (1992)  Nancy MacIntyre (10 episodes, 1992)
The A-List (1992)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Wisecracks (1992) Herself
Maalaala mo kaya (1991)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
The Marsha Warfield Show (1990)  Herself (1 episode, 1990)
Arduous Moon (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)  Ellen DeGeneres (1 episode, 2010)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Herself (1 episode, 1989)
Open House (1989)  Margo Van Meter (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
One Night Stand (1989)  Herself (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
Roseanne (1988)  Dr. Whitman (1 episode, 1995)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself (4 episodes, 2014)
Duet (1987)  Margo Van Meter (1 episode, 1989)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2009)
The New Hollywood Squares (1986)  Herself - Guest (2 episodes, 1987)
American Masters (1985)  Herself (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Live (1985)  Herself (3 episodes, 2000-2010)
Today (1982)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
An Evening at the Improv (1982)  Herself (unknown episodes)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (31 episodes, 2005-2014)
Comedy Tonight (1980)  Herself (1988) (unknown episodes)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
20/20 (1978)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
The Big Laff Off (1978)  Herself
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Herself - Host (1 episode, 2001)
Sesame Street (1969)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself (6 episodes, 1986-1989)
Today (1952)  Herself (2 episodes, 2005)

Producer ( 11 credits )

Little Big Shots (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
One Big Happy (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Ellen's Design Challenge (2015) executive producer
Going There with Ana Gasteyer (2015) executive producer (4 episodes, 2015)
Repeat After Me (2015) executive producer (8 episodes, 2015)
Kevin Nealon's Laugh Lessons (2014) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Bethenny (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
In the Dog House (2005) executive producer
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) executive producer (14 episodes, 2006-2010)
The Ellen Show (2001) executive producer (18 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ellen (1994) co-executive producer / producer (40 episodes, 1996-19

Writer ( 3 credits )

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) (8 episodes, 2006-2010)
Ellen (1994) (2 episodes, 1997)
One Night Stand (1989) (1 episode, 1992)