Ellen DeGeneres’s biographyEllen DeGeneres is an American TV host, comedian, actress, writer, producer and LGBT-activist. She’s been hosting her own talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
Childhood and youthEllen Lee DeGeneres was born on the 26th of January 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana. Her mother, Elizabeth Jane (nee Pfeffer, born in 1930) was a speech therapist and her father, - Elliott Everett DeGeneres (1925-2018) was an insurance agent. Ellen has a brother named Vance, who also works on television and is a pretty talented musician.
Her parents divorced when she was 15 years old. Soon enough, her mother got remarried to salesman Roy Gruessendorf and they all moved to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father.
TV careerHer substantial life experience, excellent sense of humor and oratorical abilities brought Ellen DeGeneres on stage: at the end of the 1970s, she started doing stand-up comedy in small clubs and coffee shops, influenced by the work of Woody Allen and Steve Martin.
Towards the mid-2000s, Ellen became America’s symbol, with every person dreaming to be featured on her show. She was remarkable for her absolute spontaneity. For instance, in 2006, Ellen made a secret appearance at the opening of the Tulane University in New Orleans and came up to the tribune after the speech of George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton, wearing a bath robe and slippers. Both the students and the professors loved her entrance.
A truly remarkable moment in Ellen’s career was the 79th Oscars Award, which took place on the 25th of February 2007. DeGeneres was the event’s first LGBT host. During the event, she said: