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Ellen DeGeneres
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Real name:

Ellen Lee DeGeneres


January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, United States




Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Pfeffer
Elliott Everett DeGeneres


Vance DeGeneres


Portia de Rossi


Anne Heche (1997-2000)
Alexandra Hedison (2001-2004)


Stand-up comedy

Years active:

1978- present

Ellen DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actress, writer, and television producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen (1994-1998), The Ellen Show (2001-2002)and has her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show  (2003-present). She lent her voice in the Disney-Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo as Dory in 2003 and in Finding Dory in 2016.


Early Life:[]

Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana in January 26, 1958. She was the daughter of speech therapist Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Pfeffer and insurance agent Elliott Everett DeGeneres. She has one brother, Vance DeGeneres. She has a French, English, German and Irish descent. n 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. 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. In the February 2011 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she told the audience of a letter from the New England Historic Genealogical Society confirming that she is the 15th cousin of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge via their shared common ancestor Thomas Fairfax.


She graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. She left school to do clerical work in a law firm with a cousin, Laura Gillen after one semester She also held a job selling clothes at the chain store the Merry-Go-Round at the Lakeside Shopping Center. Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, being a waitress at TGI 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.


After admitting as a lesbian in 1997, she started a relationship with Anne Heche  (1997-2000). From 2001-2004, DeGeneres had an affair with Alexandra Hedison. From 2004- present, she had a relationship with Australian actress, Portia de Rossi. After California overturns its same-sex marriage ban, she announced in 2008 that she and Portia will be engaged. de Rossi and DeGeneres married in August 16, 2008. 


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coneheads Coach
1996 Mr. Wrong Martha Alston
1998 Goodbye Lover Sgt. Rita Pompano
1998 Dr. Dolittle Prologue Dog (voice)
1999 EDtv Cynthia
1999 The Love Letter Janet Hall
2003 Finding Nemo Dory (voice)
2003 Exploring the Reef Dory (voice) Short film
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2016 Finding Dory Dory (voice)
1989 Open House Margo Van Mete 2 episodes
1992 Laurie Hill Nancy MacIntyre 3 episodes
1994–1998 Ellen Ellen Morgan 109 episodes
1995 Roseanne Dr. Whitman Episode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
1998 Mad About You Nancy Bloom Episode: "The Finale"
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Kal Segment: "2000"
2001 On the Edge Operator Segment: "Reaching Normal"
2001 Will & Grace Sister Louise Episode: "My Uncle the Car"
2001–2002 The Ellen Show Ellen Richmond 18 episodes
1988 Women of the Night herself Comedy special
1990 Arduous Moon Short film
1991 Wisecracks Documentary
1994 Trevor Short film
1996 Ellen's Energy Adventure Short film
1996 38th Annual Grammy Awards TV special
1997 39th Annual Grammy Awards TV special
2000 Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning Comedy special
2001 Saturday Night Live Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres/No Doubt"
2001 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards TV special
2003 Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now Comedy special
2003 MADtv Episode: "9.3"
2003–present The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead
2004 My Short Film Short film
2004 E! True Hollywood Story
2004 Six Feet Under Episode: "Parallel Play"
2005 Joey Episode: "Joey and the Sex Tape"
2005 57th Primetime Emmy Awards TV special
2007 Ellen's Really Big Show
2007 79th Academy Awards TV special
2007 Sesame Street Episode: "The Tutu Spell"; uncredited
2007 Forbes 20 Richest Women in Entertainment
2007 The Bachelorette
2007–2008 American Idol 2 episodes
2008 Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show Comedy special
2009 Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show Comedy special
2009 So You Think You Can Dance Guest judge; "Week 7 (July 22, 2009)"
2010 American Idol Judge; Season 9
2010 The Simpsons Episode: "Judge Me Tender"
2010 Christmas in Washington TV special
2014 86th Academy Awards TV special
2017 - present Ellen's Games of Games herself Game Show