Ellen DeGeneres is an American Television host comedian, actress, writer, and producer. Her full name is Ellen Lee DeGeneres. She is known for her popular sitcom Ellen which aired from 1994 to 1998. Ellen also hosted a syndicated television talk show. Which is one of the popular talk shows The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003.
DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. When she was growing up, DeGeneres dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but she gave up the idea because she was “not book smart.” Instead, she waited tables, sold vacuum cleaners, painted houses, and worked as a legal secretary. The Ellen DeGeneres talk show faced strong criticism. When, in April 1997, DeGeneres’ character became the first lead in a sitcom. In history to openly acknowledge her homosexuality. DeGeneres’s net worth is $ 370 million.
Ellen DeGeneres Family
|Father||Elliott Everett DeGeners|
|Mother||Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer|
|School||Grace King High School, Metairie, Louisiana|
|College||The University of New Orleans, New Orleans Louisiana|
|Qualification||Pursued Major in Communication Studies (Drop Out)|
At the age of 23, Ellen DeGeneres began performing at a local coffeehouse. She got her big debut in 1986 when, acting on a tip from Jay Leno, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson sent a booking agent to catch her act at the Improv in Hollywood. As a result of that engagement, DeGeneres appeared on The Tonight Show and earned the distinction of being the only female comic to be invited by Johnny Carson to sit on the famed “couch” during her first visit.
DeGeneres then began making regular appearances on the talk show circuit, including performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Later with Greg Kinnear, Larry King Life, and Good Morning, America. She was also profiled in detail on ABC’s PrimeTime Live.
In 2003 she became a big name. And her show became one of the most loved daytime tall shows. Elle since its inception, the show has won a number of awards. Which includes 64 Daytime Emmys for a daytime talk show. In May 2021, DeGeneres announced she’ll be ending her talk show in 2022.
Juggling many roles in Hollywood, DeGeneres has continued building her empire. She owns her own record label called “eleven,” as well as a lifestyle brand called Ed by Ellen (launched in 2015) which sells shoes, home and baby items, accessories, and a pet line. 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.
Lesser-known facts About Ellen DeGeneres
1 She is of English, Irish, French and German descent.
2 Before getting their name and fame Ellen worked as a Bartender, Paralegal, vacuum cleaner, saleswoman, and also as a painter.
3 Ellen is the 11th cousin of singer and actress Madonna.
4 Also she was the voice behind Dori in Finding Nemo.
5 The comedian also received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2012.
6 She once hosted the popular singing reality show American idol.
7 Ellen regrets turning down the role in the popular show Friends.