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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneresAKA Ellen Lee DeGeneres

Born: 26-Jan-1958
Birthplace: Metairie, LA

Gender: Female
Religion: Christian Science
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Lesbian
Occupation: Comic
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres started as a stand-up comedian, debuting her act on amateur night at a New Orleans coffee shop in 1981. Only a year later, she won Showtime's Funniest Person in America competition. Her style was always generally good-natured and non-political, and she was able to make a living off comedy clubs and talk show appearances. In 1988, she had a supporting role in the sit-com Duet, and later she turned down an offer to be one of the friends on Friends. She got her own show, an uninspired Seinfeld rip-off called These Friends of Mine, which was eventually re-named Ellen and blossomed into a watchable if not particularly memorable comedy.

On 30 April 1997, Degeneres came out of the closet on Ellen; the episode received huge ratings and media attention, put DeGeneres on the cover of Time magazine, and got her condemned as "Ellen Degenerate" by Rev. Jerry Falwell. It also made Ellen the first network series with an out-gay lead character.

Ellen was cancelled the following season, and DeGeneres popped up again a few years later with a quickly cancelled sit-com, The Ellen Show. Her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, won four Emmys in its first year, including Best Host for its star, and DeGeneres's habit of nagging viewers about pet adoption and compassion for animals won her a Founder's Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Ellen's mother is about as supportive a mom as any gay person could hope for. She writes an advice column for Planet Out, and serves as spokeswoman for the Human Rights Commission's Coming Out Project.

Father: Elliott DeGeneres (salesman)
Mother: Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer ("Betty", real estate agent, b. 20-May-1930)
Brother: Vance DeGeneres (TV personality/writer, b. 2-Sep-1954)
Girlfriend: Anne Heche (actress, b. 25-May-1969, cohabited 1997-2000)
Girlfriend: Alexandra Hedison (actress, cohabited 2000-04)
Wife: Portia de Rossi (actress, dated and cohabited 2004-08, m. 16-Aug-2008)

    High School: Atlanta High School, Atlanta, TX (1976)

    XM The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2005-)
    Endorsement of American Express
    Endorsement of J. C. Penney (2012-)
    Endorsement of Procter & Gamble CoverGirl; Olay
    Human Rights Campaign
    Obama for America
    Obama Victory Fund 2012
    Risk Factors: Depression, Former Smoker

    TELEVISION
    American Idol Judge (2010)
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show Host (2003-)
    The Ellen Show Ellen Richmond (2001-02)
    Ellen Ellen Morgan (1994-98)
    Laurie Hill Nancy MacIntyre (1992)
    Open House Margo Van Meter (1989-90)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Justin Bieber's Believe (18-Dec-2013) · Herself
    Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (28-Jun-2003) · Herself
    Finding Nemo (18-May-2003) · Dory [VOICE]
    Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) · Herself
    If These Walls Could Talk 2 (5-Mar-2000)
    The Love Letter (21-May-1999) · Janet
    Goodbye Lover (16-Apr-1999)
    Ed TV (26-Mar-1999) · Cynthia
    Doctor Dolittle (13-Jun-1998) · Prologue Dog [VOICE]
    Mr. Wrong (16-Feb-1996) · Martha Alston
    Trevor (Jan-1994) · Herself
    Coneheads (23-Jul-1993) · Coach
    Wisecracks (Jun-1992) · Herself

Official Website:
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/

Author of books:
My Point... And I Do Have One (1995)
The Funny Thing Is... (2003)
Seriously... I'm Kidding (2011)


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