Ellen Lee DeGeneres (/dᵻˈdʒɛnərəs/; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson likened her to Bob Newhart, and invited her for an onscreen chat after her set; DeGeneres was the first female comedian invited by the iconic host to join him for such a discussion, at a time when such an invitation was widely regarded as one of the most influential endorsements available for a comic. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), appeared in EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999), and provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003), for which she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time an actress won a Saturn Award for a voice performance. In 2010 she was a judge on American Idol for its ninth season.
She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterward, her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process. This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi.
DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has authored three books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven. She has won 13 Emmys, 14 People’s Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.
|1990||Arduous Moon||Herself||Short film|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Martha Alston|
|1998||Goodbye Lover||Sgt. Rita Pompano|
|1998||Dr. Dolittle||Prologue Dog (voice)|
|1999||The Love Letter||Janet Hall|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Kal||TV movie|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Dory (voice)|
|2003||Exploring the Reef||Dory (voice)||Short film|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Herself|
|2004||My Short Film||Herself||Short film|
|2016||Finding Dory||Dory (voice)|
|1989–1990||Open House||Margo Van Mete||2 episodes|
|1990–1992||One Night Stand||Herself||2 episodes|
|1992||Laurie Hill||Nancy MacIntyre||10 episodes|
|1994–1998||Ellen||Ellen Morgan||109 episodes; also writer, executive producer|
|1995||Roseanne||Dr. Whitman||Episode: “The Blaming of the Shrew”|
|1996||The Dana Carvey Show||Ellen Morgan||Episode: “The Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show”|
|1996–1997||The Larry Sanders Show||Herself||2 episodes|
|1996||38th Annual Grammy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|1997||39th Annual Grammy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|1998||Mad About You||Nancy Bloom||Episode: “The Finale”|
|2000||Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2001||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: “Ellen DeGeneres/No Doubt”|
|2001||On the Edge||Operator||Segment: “Reaching Normal”|
|2001||Will & Grace||Sister Louise||Episode: “My Uncle the Car”|
|2001||53rd Primetime Emmy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2001–2002||The Ellen Show||Ellen Richmond||18 episodes; also executive producer|
|2003–present||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself (host)||Also creator, writer, executive producer|
|2003||Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Herself||Episode: “Parallel Play”|
|2005||Joey||Herself||Episode: “Joey and the Sex Tape”|
|2005||57th Primetime Emmy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2007||Ellen’s Really Big Show||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2007||79th Academy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2007||Sesame Street||Herself||Episode: “The Tutu Spell”|
|2008||Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2009||Ellen’s Bigger, Longer & Wider Show||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2010||American Idol||Herself (judge)||Season 9|
|2010||The Simpsons||Herself (voice)||Episode: “Judge Me Tender”|
|2010||Christmas in Washington||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2014||86th Academy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
As executive producer
|2015–present||Repeat After Me||5 episodes|
|2015–present||Ellen’s Design Challenge||6 episodes|
|2015||One Big Happy||6 episodes|
|1996||9: The Last Resort||The Octopus Lady|
|1996||Ellen DeGeneres: Taste This||comedy Live album|
Awards and honors
- DeGeneres, Ellen (1995). My Point…And I Do Have One. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-09955-8.
- DeGeneres, Ellen (2003). The Funny Thing Is... New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-4761-2.
- DeGeneres, Ellen (2011). Seriously…I’m Kidding. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-58502-5.
- DeGeneres, Ellen (2015). Home. Grand Central Life & Style. p. 303. ISBN 1455533564.