Who is Ellen DeGeneres?
With her own talk show, Ellen DeGeneres is one of America’s most well-known comedians, also serving as a prominent gay/lesbian role model.
Not forgetting, the Ellen DeGeneres Show is a reality talk-variety show featuring comic Ellen DeGeneres in the studio.
Performing an opening monologue and interviewing various guests, leaders and even public figures. Who include celebrities, newsmakers and ordinary people with extraordinary talents.
Additionally, segments include performances from top music acts, audience participation, and man-on-the-street interviews. Not forgetting, music is a key part of the show.
With an in-studio DJ — including occasional celebrity guest DJs — spinning tunes. And Ellen DeGeneres often breaking out into dance moves during the show.
Where was Ellen DeGeneres born?
Important to realize, the celebrity was born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana.
In that case, to an insurance salesman and a working mother who divorced when DeGeneres was a teenager.
Briefly, Ellen DeGeneres attended the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communications.
When she was growing up, DeGeneres dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. But, she gave up the idea because she was “not book smart.”
Furthermore, dissatisfied with university life, she left to work in a law firm and later held a string of jobs. Including,
- house painter,
- sold vacuum cleaners,
- oyster shucker,
- painted houses, and
- worked as a legal secretary.
After putting together a comedy routine for a group of friends, DeGeneres was asked to perform in local coffeehouses in the late 1970s.
By the same token, DeGeneres’s older brother, Vance, is an actor/comedian and former correspondent for The Daily Show. And, was long considered the humorous member of the family.
Then again, once, during a public speaking event, DeGeneres found herself frightened by the crowd. And used humor to get through the experience.
Be that as it may, she was a hit and received offers to do stand-up comedy. After all, she began performing in 1981, bolstered by her mother’s moral and financial support.
Who is the wife of Ellen DeGeneres?
For several years, DeGeneres dated actress Anne Heche and, in 1999, the couple bought a home in Los Angeles.
Although at one point they publicly announced their desire to be married, the couple broke up in August 2000.
Not forgetting, Ellen DeGeneres then dated Alexandra Hedison for a few years. Before becoming involved with actress Portia de Rossi in December 2004.
Surprisingly, Ellen DeGeneres married de Rossi on August 16, 2008, in what was perhaps the highest-profile gay marriage. Of course, after California legalized the unions.
In 2010 de Rossi was granted permission to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres Stand-up Comedy Genesis
Notably, at the age of 23, Ellen DeGeneres began performing at a local coffeehouse. Whereby, she got her big debut in 1986 when acting on a tip from Jay Leno.
In reality, she earned the distinction of being the only female comic to be invited by Johnny Carson to sit on the famed “couch.” In that case, during her first visit.
- Late Show with David Letterman,
- Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
- Oprah Winfrey Show,
- Later with Greg Kinnear,
- Larry King Live, and
- Good Morning America.
To put it differently, Ellen was also profiled in detail on ABC’s PrimeTime Live.
‘Finding Nemo’ and Awards Show Host
Also in 2003, DeGeneres lent her voice to the animated box office smash Finding Nemo, in which she plays a friendly yet forgetful little blue fish named Dory.
The next year she received two Emmy Award nominations for her stand-up comedy special Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. DeGeneres later returned to the Nemo franchise with the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.
In general, apart from the above entitlements, Ellen is also the author of several books. Including, My Point … and I Do Have One(1995), Seriously … I’m Kidding (2011) and Home (2015).
Her film work slowed after her talk show took off. But, she continued to work mostly behind the scenes. As an Executive Producer of several Television Shows. Including,
- Bethenny (2012-2014),
- Repeat After Me(2015),
- One Big Happy (2015),
- Little Big Shots (2015), and
- her HGTV reality competition show, Ellen’s Design Challenge.
Having said that, and, before we proceed further, below is a video snippet of her most recent interaction. Thanks to YouTube!
For your information, the first episode was released back in September 2003 as of August.
Ellen DeGeneres Influential Career Facts
DeGeneres first alleged that she had been sexually abused by her stepfather in a 2005 interview with Allure Magazine. She elaborated on the topic during an appearance on David Letterman‘s Netflix show in 2019.
For sure, juggling many roles in Hollywood, DeGeneres has continued building her empire.
As an example, Ellen owns her own record label called “eleveneleven,” as well as a lifestyle brand called Ed by Ellen (launched in 2015). Not to mention, which sells shoes, home and baby items, accessories and a pet line.
Equally important, she is an avid animal rights and gay rights activist, as well as a vegan.
In November 2016 DeGeneres received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama for her contribution to the arts.
In early 2018, as part of a 60th birthday gift from de Rossi, the TV personality learned of plans to create the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda, the first initiative of the new Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
Is Ellen DeGeneres the Queen of Pranks?
Just the other day I spent a solid six hours watching DeGeneres scare the shit out of her talk show guests using a variety of tactics.
Such as clowns popping out of boxes, men dressed like Elsa, men dressed like Taylor Alison Swift…the list goes on and on.
DeGeneres is so good at pulling fast ones on celebrities. Either by freaking them out or having them dupe other people unsuspectingly. Like when Adele went to Jamba Juice and did a whole bunch of crazy stuff that DeGeneres told her to via earpiece.
You think she’s not going to do anything, and then—bam!—Jennifer Lopez is yelling expletives on daytime TV. Because DeGeneres scared her with someone dressed as a cougar.
Ashton Kutcher should be shaking in his boots right now because DeGeneres is actually the Grand Supreme of Pranks.
How much is Ellen DeGeneres worth?
Surprisingly, Ellen Degeneres is one of the most iconic and progressive women in Hollywood.
As of 2019, Ellen DeGeneres‘ net worth is approximately $450 million and will most likely earn much more money in years to come as she continues to grow in her industry.
On the other hand, according to Variety, Ellen receives an estimated annual salary of $50 million from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
According to Ellen, many of us will experience failure at one point or another, and failure is part of becoming successful. It helps you grow and gain perspective.
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