Ellen DeGeneres Biography (1958-)

Surname pronounced "duh-gen-er-es"; full name, Ellen Lee DeGeneres; born January 26, 1958, in Jefferson Parish (some sources cite Metairie or New Orleans), LA; raised in Louisiana and Texas; daughter of Elliott (an insurance agent)and Betty (a speech therapist) DeGeneres; sister of Vance DeGeneres (a comedian and television writer). Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: Mosaic Media Group, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Publicist: I/D PR, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Comedienne, actress, producer, writer
Birth Details
January 26, 1958
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Margo Van Meter, Open House, Fox, 1989-1990
  • Nancy MacIntyre, Laurie Hill, ABC, 1992
  • Ellen Morgan (title role), Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1994-1998
  • Ellen Richmond (title role), The Ellen Show, CBS, 2001-2002
  • Host, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2003-
  • Also appeared in One Night Stand.
  • Movies
  • Kal, "2000," If These Walls Could Talk 2, HBO, 2000
  • Operator, "Reaching Normal," On the Edge, Showtime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Comedy performer, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, NBC, 1986,1987, 1989
  • "San Francisco," Comic Strip Live, 1990
  • The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Herself, Storytime, PBS, 1994
  • Marriage counselor, "The Blaming of the Shrew," Roseanne, ABC, 1995
  • Herself, "Ellen, or Isn't She?" The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1996
  • Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1996
  • Nancy Bloom, "The Finale," Mad about You, NBC, 1998
  • Herself, The Howard Stern Show, 1998
  • Herself, "Flip," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998
  • Herself, Larry King Live, CNN, 2000
  • Herself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2000
  • Sister Louise, "My Uncle the Car," Will & Grace, NBC, 2001
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 2001
  • Herself, Comic Remix, 2002
  • Herself, "Paintball," The Anna Nicole Show, 2002
  • Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Herself, The Hollywood Squares, 2003
  • Herself, "It's a Wonderful Wife," The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Herself, "Parallel Play," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2004
  • Herself, "Ellen DeGeneres," E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Also appeared in episodes of The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated; Good Morning America, ABC; The Oprah Winfrey Show, syndicated; Primetime Glick, Comedy Central.
  • Specials
  • Herself, The Young Comedian's Reunion (also known as Young Comedian All-Star Reunion), HBO, 1986
  • Women of the Night, HBO, 1987
  • The Comedy Club Special (also known as The Best of the Comedy Clubs), ABC, 1988
  • Command Performance: One Night Stand (also known as One Night Stand), HBO, 1989
  • Comics Only, 1991
  • Appearance, ABC in Concert, ABC, 1991
  • Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand, Lifetime, 1992
  • Six Comics in Search of a Generation, Lifetime, 1992
  • Komedy All-Stars, syndicated, 1993
  • Host, Before They Were Stars, ABC, 1994
  • Music in Movies '96, ABC, 1996
  • All-Star Moms, CBS, 1997
  • Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 1997, ABC, 1997
  • Interviewee, The Real Ellen Story, 1998
  • Interviewee, Women of the Net, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Melissa Etheridge (documentary), Lifetime, 1999
  • Host, Paul McCartney and Friends Live: PETA's Millennium Concert,1999
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2, 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Laura Dern (documentary), Lifetime, 1999
  • Influences: From Yesterday to Today (documentary), CBS, 1999
  • Herself, Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning, HBO, 2000
  • Host, Women Rock! Girls & Guitars, Lifetime, 2000
  • Host, Live at the Grammys, VH1, 2000
  • Presenter, A Home for the Holidays, CBS, 2000, 2002
  • Equality Rocks, VH1, 2000
  • Totally Tube, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • (Uncredited) The Victoria Secret Fashion Show, ABC, 2001
  • Herself, Ellen DeGeneres: American Summer Documentary, 2001
  • Host, VH1 Divas Las Vegas, VH1, 2002
  • (In archive footage) Herself, The Laramie Project, HBO, 2002
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher (documentary), Lifetime,2002
  • (In archive footage) Herself, MTV Bash: Carson Daly, 2003
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Totally Gay!, 2003
  • Herself, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, HBO, 2003
  • Great Women of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special, NBC, 2003
  • E! Entertainer of the Year, E! Entertainment Television, 2003
  • Herself, E! 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment History, E!Entertainment Television, 2003
  • (In archive footage) 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, E! EntertainmentTelevision, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Honoree, 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,Comedy Central, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, VH1 Honors, VH1, 1994
  • Cohost, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Cohost, Ninth Annual Genesis Awards, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1995
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Host, The 38th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Host, The 39th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1997
  • Host, The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1998
  • The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1999
  • The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, VH1, 2000
  • My VH1 Music Awards, VH1, 2000
  • Herself, My VH1 Music Awards, VH1, 2001
  • Presenter, My VH1 Music Awards '01, VH1, 2001
  • Host, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Herself, The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002
  • Herself, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003
  • Presenter, The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2004
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2004
  • The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Herself, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '04, Nickelodeon, 2004
  • Presenter and winner, The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, 2004
  • Presenter, The 2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer and executive consultant, Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1994-1998
  • Executive producer, The Ellen Show, CBS, 2001-2002
  • Executive producer, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2003-
  • Specials
  • Executive producer, Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning, HBO, 2000
  • Executive producer and consultant, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now,HBO, 2003
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Movies
  • If These Walls Could Talk 2, HBO, 2000
  • Film Appearances
  • Herself, Wisecracks (documentary), Alliance Releasing, 1992
  • Coach, Coneheads, Paramount, 1993
  • Herself, Trevor (also known as Ellen DeGeneres Presents "Trevor"), 1998
  • Martha Alston, Mr. Wrong, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Herself, Ellen's Energy Adventure, 1996
  • Voice of Prologue Dog, Doctor Doolittle, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Sergeant Rita Pompano, Goodbye Lover, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Cynthia Topping, Ed TV (also known as Edtv), Universal, 1999
  • Janet Hall, The Love Letter, DreamWorks, 1999
  • Operator, Reaching Normal, 1999
  • Herself, Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye (also known as Caughtin the Camera's Eye), 1999
  • Herself, Pauly Shore Is Dead, Regent Releasing, 2003
  • Herself, In Search of Ted Demme, 2003
  • Voice of Dory, Finding Nemo (animated), Buena Vista, 2003
  • Voice of Dory, Exploring the Reef (animated short documentary), Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Taste This (comedy), Atlantic, 1996
  • Video Games
  • Voice of the Octopus Lady, Nine, 1996
  • Voice of Dory, Finding Nemo, THQ, 2003
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "A Change (Would Do You Good)" by Sheryl Crow.
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Episodes
  • Ellen (also known as These Friends of Mine), ABC, 1994-1998
  • Also wrote One Night Stand.
  • Television Specials
  • (Uncredited) Young Comedians All-Star Reunion, HBO, 1986
  • Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning, HBO, 2000
  • The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Books
  • My Point ... And I Do Have One, Bantam, 1995
  • The Funny Thing Is ... , Simon & Schuster, 2003

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • American Decades 1990-99, Gale Group, 2001
    • Newsmakers 1995, Issue 4, Gale Research, 1995
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    • Tracy, Kathy, Ellen DeGeneres Up Close: The Unauthorized Biography ofthe Hot New Star of ABC's Ellen, Pocket Books, 1994
    • ---, Ellen: The Real Story of Ellen DeGeneres, Birch Lane Press, 1999
    Periodicals
    • Advocate, January 20, 1998, p. 92; September 25, 2001, p. 50
    • Entertainment Weekly, December 26, 1997, p. 16
    • Los Angeles, January, 1998, p. 72
    • Newsweek, October 19, 1998, p. 61; January 18, 1999, p. 59; December 29, 2003, p. 26
    • People Weekly, May 5, 1997, p. 129; December 29, 1997, p. 56; January 25, 1999, p. 10; April 24, 2003, p. 24; November 10, 2003, p. 93
    • Playboy, September, 1997, p. 34
    • Time, April 14, 1997; December 14, 1998, p. 123; February 23, 2004, p. 8
    • Variety, July 26, 1999, p. 2

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