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. Net worth: $330 million.
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.
Ellen rose to fame in the April of 1997, when she came out admitting to being a lesbian on the show of Oprah Winfrey.Her character from the sitcom made a similar confession during a therapy session, played by Oprah Winfrey. The episode named The Puppy Episode, was one of the highest-rated episodes of the series, even though, in time, the show lost its popularity. Some people believe that during that time, The Walt Disney Company, owner of ABC channel, felt uncomfortable investing in a show with a lesbian as a leading character. Finally, the show was cancelled and Ellen returned to comedy.
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:
What a spectacular night, such a diversity among the audience – and in the year where there has been a lot of negativity going on about race, religion and sexual orientation. So, I just want to say this: if there were no black people, no Jews and no gays, there wouldn’t have been any Oscars either, or nobody with the name of Oscar, if you think about it.Another Oscars event became outstanding thanks to a selfie. During the 86th award ceremony in the March of 2014, Ellen took a selfie that became the second most popular Instagram post in history. DeGeneres declared that she would like to pay her respect to Meryl Streep’s 17 Oscars nominations, and invited actors – Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum and others – to join her group photo. The selfie was subject to many parodies and became a sort of trademark of the modern Oscars.
Ellen DeGeneres’s personal lifeEllen DeGeneres’s coming-out in 1997 was a huge subject of interest for American tabloids and it shook her mother, taking her quite the long time to come to terms with the fact. Her father, on the contrary, accepted it wholeheartedly. He was never judgmental about it, - Ellen recalls.
According to Zoomboola.com, in 2008, after the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in California, DeGeneres and De Rossi had a got married and had a modest wedding reception at their house in Beverly Hills, where they both live with four dogs and three cats. In 2010, Portia took her wife’s last name.