Ellen DeGeneres BiographyEllen DeGeneres is an American TV host, comedian, actress, writer, producer, and LGBTQ+ activist. From 2003 to 2022, she hosted her own talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Early Life and YouthEllen Lee DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. Her mother, Elizabeth Jane (Pfeffer, born 1930), was a speech therapist, while her father, Elliot Everett DeGeneres (1925-2018), worked as an insurance agent. Ellen has a brother named Vance who also works in television and is a talented musician.
Ellen's parents divorced when she was 15. Shortly after, her mother remarried a salesman named Roy Gruessendorf and moved with Ellen to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with their father.
TV CareerRich life experience, a keen sense of humor, and a knack for storytelling propelled Ellen DeGeneres to the stage. In the late 1970s, she began performing stand-up comedy monologues in small clubs and cafes, drawing inspiration from artists like Woody Allen and Steve Martin.
A massive surge of popularity came for Ellen in April 1997 when she publicly came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show.Her character on "Ellen" also came out during a session with a therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. This episode, titled "The Puppy Episode," became one of the show's highest-rated episodes.
A significant moment in Ellen's career was the 79th Academy Awards held on February 25, 2007. DeGeneres became the first openly LGBT-host of the event.
On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated the 1000th episode of her show, inviting Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton, and other celebrities to the studio.
The following year, Ellen replaced Paula Abdul and became a judge on the 9th season of "American Idol". Even though DeGeneres signed a contract for five seasons, she only stayed on the show for one, feeling it wasn't a good fit for her. She later admitted that joining "American Idol" was the worst decision of her career.
Ellen DeGeneres produced the American animated series "Green Eggs and Ham". The series is an adaptation of the 1960 children’s book by Dr. Seuss. Thirteen half-hour episodes were released on Netflix in 2019.
Ellen also produced the mystical teen film by Katt Shea, "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase", based on the 1930 book of the same name. The film starred Sophia Lillis, Sam Trammell, Laura Slade Wiggins, and others.
Ellen DeGeneres' Personal LifeEllen DeGeneres' coming out in 1997 sparked significant attention from American tabloids and deeply affected her mother, who took some time to come to terms with it. In contrast, Ellen's father immediately accepted the news. "He didn't show a hint of judgment," Ellen recalls.
That same year, DeGeneres began a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted about three years.
Ellen DeGeneres NowOn May 26, 2022, the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired. The last episode featured Jennifer Aniston, Pink, and Billie Eilish. Ellen announced her plans to end the show in May 2021. According to her, she had been considering it for a while because the show "no longer served its original purpose."
When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged -- and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore.Tabloids speculated that the show's end was due to a scandal: DeGeneres faced accusations of creating a toxic workplace environment and mistreating staff. However, the host denies that the show's closure is linked to these allegations but admits the incident hurt her deeply.