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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 26, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter, comedy writer, bartender, vacuum salesman, house painter, oyster shucker

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Comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres was best known for her groundbreaking sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98) and her lively daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated, 2003- ), which earned multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host. DeGeneres started her career as a stand-up comedian, eventually parlaying her deadpan, observational style into a sitcom which made TV history for the coming out of its main character - a gay Ellen both on and off screen. The controversial, groundbreaking move effectively spelled the end of DeGeneres' sitcom career in 1998, but the down-to-earth - if not a little neurotic - talent rebounded a few years later as the move-busting host of a talk show bursting with A-list celebrities and a boisterous audience full of soccer moms. The sparkling blue-eyed blonde was also well-liked as the host of both Emmy and Academy Awards telecasts. It was, in fact, hard to find anyone who did not like DeGeneres, such was her good-hearted nature both on and off screen, as well as her pride in her sexual orientation, but her refusal to force it in people's faces. She was the harmless, funny best friend everyone wished they could have and no amount of...

Comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres was best known for her groundbreaking sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98) and her lively daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated, 2003- ), which earned multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host. DeGeneres started her career as a stand-up comedian, eventually parlaying her deadpan, observational style into a sitcom which made TV history for the coming out of its main character - a gay Ellen both on and off screen. The controversial, groundbreaking move effectively spelled the end of DeGeneres' sitcom career in 1998, but the down-to-earth - if not a little neurotic - talent rebounded a few years later as the move-busting host of a talk show bursting with A-list celebrities and a boisterous audience full of soccer moms. The sparkling blue-eyed blonde was also well-liked as the host of both Emmy and Academy Awards telecasts. It was, in fact, hard to find anyone who did not like DeGeneres, such was her good-hearted nature both on and off screen, as well as her pride in her sexual orientation, but her refusal to force it in people's faces. She was the harmless, funny best friend everyone wished they could have and no amount of scandals - including a WGA strike picket-line crossing and the dramatic break-up of her often-chronicled relationship with actress Anne Heche - could tarnish the love fans held for the classy comic.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Finding Dory (2016)
2.
 Pauly Shore is Dead (2004) Herself--Cameo
3.
 Finding Nemo (2003) Dory
4.
 If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) Kal ("2000")
5.
 Love Letter, The (1999) Janet
6.
 Ed TV (1999) Cynthia
7.
 Goodbye Lover (1998) Rita Pompano
8.
 Mr. Wrong (1996) Martha
9.
 Coneheads (1993) Coach
10.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself
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Raised in New Orleans and Texas
1980:
First stand-up appearance in a New Orleans comedy club consisted of eating a Whopper, fries and a shake
1982:
Named "Funniest Person in America" by Showtime after a nationwide search
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Toured the country performing stand-up act
1986:
TV debut on HBO's "The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion"
1986:
Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC); allegedly the first female comic asked to the couch on her first show
1988:
TV series debut, "Duet" (Fox)
1989:
Cast as a regular in the "Duet" spin-off series "Open House" (Fox)
1990:
Starred in her own HBO comedy special
1991:
Feature debut, "Wise Cracks"
1992:
Cast on the short-lived series "Laurie Hill" (ABC)
1993:
Feature acting debut, "Coneheads"
1994:
Starred on the ensemble sitcom "These Friends of Mine" (ABC)
1994:
Starred on the ABC sitcom "Ellen," a retooled version of "These Friends of Mine"; earned four consecutive Emmy nominations as lead actress in a comedy series
1996:
First leading role in films, "Mr. Wrong"
1996:
Hosted the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards; received Emmy nomination
1997:
Publicly revealed that she was a lesbian just prior to having her TV character come out on ABC's "Ellen"
1997:
Earned Emmy nomination for playing herself on an episode of the HBO comedy series "The Larry Sanders Show"
1998:
Acted in Roland Joffe's "Goodbye, Lover"; co-starring Don Johnson, Dermot Mulroney and Mary-Louise Parker
1999:
Had featured role as a TV programmer in "Edtv"; garnered unintentional laughs when her character proclaimed, "I know what women want"
1999:
Co-starred as Kate Capshaw's best friend in "The Love Letter"
2000:
Co-starred (also produced) with Sharon Stone as a lesbian couple trying to have a child in the Anne Heche-directed segment of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO); as producer was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Made for TV-Movie
2000:
Headlined the HBO comedy special "Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning"; also served as executive producer and writer; garnered Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance in Variety and for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
2001:
Hosted the annual telecast of the Emmy Awards; received Emmy nomination
2001:
Made long-awaited return to sitcoms as star and executive producer of "The Ellen Show" (CBS)
2003:
Voiced the absent-minded fish Dory in the animated hit feature "Finding Nemo"
2003:
Hosted own TV show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
2004:
Guest role on the HBO series "Six Feet Under"
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for "The Funny Thing is..."
2005:
Hosted the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards
2007:
Hosted the 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremony (aired in February); earned an Emmy nomination for Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
2007:
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earned 12 Daytime Emmy nominations
2009:
Joined the ninth season of Fox's "American Idol" as the fourth judge, replacing Paula Abdul; resigned after one season
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Education

Atlanta High School: Atlanta , Texas -

Notes

Named Best Female Comedy Club Stand-up at the 1991 American Comedy Awards

"I was serving coffee and Xeroxing at a law firm in New Orleans, and all of sudden, I was the Funniest Person in America. It was nice to win, but imagine having to wear that title around your neck for a year." --Ellen DeGeneres, to Jefferson Graham of USA Today, March 29, 1994

"I was thinking what's the thing anyone could ask me now or say about me? And it's like nothing, really. I mean, not even Howard Stern can hurt me now." --DeGeneres to Time, April 14, 1997

"Right now, the jury is still out on my career. Let's see if I can accomplish what I want to accomplish, which is getting over sterotypes. I still think in 30 years we'll be dealing with homophobia, and it would be nice to have 'Ellen' on Nick at Nite along with Mary Tyler Moore, someone that [gay] kids could identify with. I have a tendency to diminish what I do for a living, but I also know I'm going to leave here, and I won't be somebody who just had a sitcom but someone who helped change people's minds." --DeGeneres quoted in TV Guide, October 11, 1997

"My show wasn't appreciated, and my talent isn't appreciated, and I wish people could get beyond the fact that I'm gay. I'm sure even talking like this brings it up again--'If she would just shut up for two years, then we'd hire her.' That's what people say: Has it been enough time, has it died down? But we're just trying to be truthful, and what we've learned is that it is a hard town to be truthful in." --DeGeneres in Los Angeles Times Magazine, November 29, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kathy Perkoff. Poet. Possibly DeGeneres' first serious lover; died in tragic car accident in 1980.
companion:
Anne Heche. Actor. Met at the <i>Vanity Fair</i> party on Oscar night in March 1997; separated in August 2000; Heche later married a cameraman who worked on a documentary she was making about DeGeneres' comedy tour.
companion:
Alexandra Hedison. Actor. Began dating in fall 2000; had an on-again, off-again relationship.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Elliott DeGeneres. Insurance salesman. Divorced from DeGeneres' mother.
mother:
Betty DeGeneres. Real estate broker, activist. Divorced from DeGeneres' father; had a brief marriage after she dropped out of college prior to wedding Elliott; became first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project, which battles homophobia, in 1997.
brother:
Vance DeGeneres. TV writer, comedian. Born c 1954; first big break came as part of the creative team for "The Mr. Bill Show", originally submitted to "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) by his New Orleans roommate Walter Williams and him as a comic home movie; wrote several episodes for the fantasy kid series "Eerie, Indiana" and the 1994 Emmy Awards; also wrote for "Ellen" during the "coming out" season; later was correspondent on the Jon Stewart hosted "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central).

Bibliography close complete biography

"My Point ... and I Do Have One" Bantam Books
"Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey" Rob Weisbach Books
"Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen DeGeneres" Birch Lane Press

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