70 Facts About Ellen DeGeneres


Ellen Lee DeGeneres often referred to mononymously as Ellen, is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.


Ellen DeGeneres starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for "The Puppy Episode".


Ellen DeGeneres hosted the syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show from 2003 to 2022, for which she received 33 Daytime Emmy Awards.


Ellen DeGeneres starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002.


Ellen DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys.


Ellen DeGeneres has authored four books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production.


Ellen DeGeneres launched a lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, which comprises a collection of apparel, accessories, home, baby, and pet items.


Ellen DeGeneres has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, 20 People's Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.


In January 2020, Ellen DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes for her work on television, becoming the first recipient after its inaugural namesake Carol Burnett.


Ellen DeGeneres has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer.


Ellen DeGeneres's parents filed for separation in 1973 and were divorced the following year.


Betty Jane and Ellen DeGeneres moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas.


When she was 15 or 16 years old, Ellen DeGeneres was molested by her stepfather.


Ellen DeGeneres told her mother about the abuse a few years later, but Betty Jane did not believe her, and remained married to Gruessendorf for 18 years afterward.


Ellen DeGeneres finally realized that DeGeneres had been telling the truth when his accounts of his behavior toward his stepdaughter kept changing.


Ellen DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie.


Ellen DeGeneres moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies.


Ellen DeGeneres worked as a house painter, a hostess and a bartender.


Ellen DeGeneres relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.


Ellen DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses.


Ellen DeGeneres cites Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time.


The next film had Ellen DeGeneres co-hosting an educational look at energy with Nye.


Ellen DeGeneres played the role of Margo Van Meter, an office worker at the Juan Verde Real Estate company.


Ellen reached its height of popularity in April 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show.


DeGeneres returned to television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom, The Ellen Show, which was cancelled after 13 episodes.


DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in September 2003.


Ellen DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks.


Ellen DeGeneres often gives away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors.


Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her thirty-year class reunion by flying her graduating class to California to be guests on her show in February 2006.


Ellen DeGeneres presented Atlanta High School with a surprise gift of a new electronic LED marquee sign.


Ellen DeGeneres made a surprise appearance at Tulane University's May 2006 commencement in New Orleans.


Ellen DeGeneres was placed on bed rest in May 2007 due to a torn ligament in her back.


On May 1,2009, Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode with celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton, among others.


Ellen DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on the ninth season of American Idol.


Ellen DeGeneres's role started after the contestant auditions, at the beginning of "Hollywood Week".


Ellen DeGeneres made her American Idol debut on February 9,2010.


On May 12,2021, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she would end her talk show following the conclusion of its nineteenth season in 2022.


Ellen DeGeneres received wider exposure on November 4,2001, when she hosted the televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards.


Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and in 1997.


On September 7,2006, Ellen DeGeneres was selected to host the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on February 25,2007.


Ellen DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award as host of the Academy Awards broadcast.


Ellen DeGeneres said she wanted to homage Meryl Streep's record 17 Oscar nominations by setting a new record with her, and invited other Oscar celebrities to join them.


Ellen DeGeneres was nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.


Ellen DeGeneres provided the voice of the dog in the prologue of the Eddie Murphy feature film Dr Dolittle.


Ellen DeGeneres reprised the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.


In November 2004, Ellen DeGeneres appeared, dancing, in an ad campaign for American Express.


Ellen DeGeneres began working with CoverGirl Cosmetics in September 2008, for which she has been criticized, as her animal-friendly values clash with Procter and Gamble's animal testing.


Ellen DeGeneres's face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009.


On December 3,2011, Ellen DeGeneres headlined the third annual "Change Begins Within" gala for the David Lynch Foundation held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


In spring 2012, DeGeneres became the spokesperson for J C Penney in a tour and advertising campaign.


Ellen DeGeneres represents a line of products on QVC, a home shopping network.


On September 4,2018, TCL, announced its extension as the Official TV of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a fifth consecutive season.


On May 26,2010, Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show that she was starting her own record label entitled "eleveneleven".


Ellen DeGeneres explained her choice of name, claiming that she often sees the number 11:11 when looking at her clocks, that she found singer Greyson Chance on the 11th, and that the singer's soccer jersey has the number 11.


Ellen DeGeneres mentioned that she had been looking for videos of performances on YouTube to start her label.


Ellen DeGeneres is a fan of the NFL but does not follow one team; she has shown support for the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, and attended a 2011 Saints practice session dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson.


From 2000 to 2004, Ellen DeGeneres maintained a close relationship with photographer Alexandra Hedison.


Since 2004, Ellen DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi.


Ellen DeGeneres previously described herself as a vegan and "big animal lover".


Ellen DeGeneres intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through.


The website for The Ellen DeGeneres Show formerly contained a section called "Going Vegan with Ellen", in which she promoted "Meatless Mondays" and featured vegan recipes.


In 2016, Ellen DeGeneres stated that she had re-introduced fish into her diet, and confirmed that she had stopped following a vegan lifestyle "in the last year or two for no reason really" in her 2018 stand-up comedy special Relatable.


Ellen DeGeneres has invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to speak on her show several times about the organization's efforts in animal protection legislation.


In 2010, Ellen DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project, asking people to start "a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one" at Thanksgiving.


Ellen DeGeneres created a T-shirt with her brand whose proceeds go to the organization.


In October 2019, Ellen DeGeneres attended an NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at the invitation of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.


The allegations, which the employees made anonymously to Buzzfeed News, followed previous reports of hostile and bullying behavior, such as a former employee's allegation that Ellen DeGeneres fired him for setting up a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs not covered by their workplace health insurance.


Months earlier, comedian and podcaster Kevin T Porter published a thread on Twitter in which he called DeGeneres "notoriously one of the meanest people alive", and asked other Twitter users to post "stories you've heard about Ellen being mean", pledging to donate two dollars to the Los Angeles Food Bank for each post.


The thread quickly went viral, with several posts from people who had interacted directly with Ellen DeGeneres or had friends and family who had, accusing her of behavior such as complaining to a waitress' employer about her chipped fingernails and having an autistic janitor fired for talking directly to her.


Ellen DeGeneres apologized again during the eighteenth season's September 2020 opening.