Ellen DeGeneres is an actress, comedian, but is best known as a talk show host for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She also voiced Dory in Finding Nemo and the sequel Finding Dory, which focused more on her character. For Finding Nemo, she won Best Supporting Actress at the Saturn Awards. Learn more about Ellen DeGeneres net worth, rise in career, and personal life.
Celebrity Name: Ellen DeGeneres
Real Name: Ellen Lee DeGeneres
Birth Date: January 26, 1958
Current Age: 62
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Birth Place: Metairie, Louisiana, USA
Ancestry: French, English, German, Irish
Parents: Elliott Everett DeGeneres, Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer
Height: 5’5″ (165cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64kg)
Sexual Orientation: Lesbian
Relationship Status: Married to Portia de Rossi
Profession: comedian, actress, television talk show host
Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth in 2020: $330 million
When Ellen Lee DeGeneres was 15 years of age, her father Elliot and mother Elizabeth separated. Her mother married Roy Gruessendorf and transferred to Atlanta, Texas. On the other hand, her brother Vance stayed with their father Elliot.
Ellen enrolled at Grace King High School in her earlier high school years. Later, she graduated from Atlanta High School. She decided to major in communication studies at the University of New Orleans. However, she left school and worked with her cousin in a law firm instead. She also did a number of other jobs such as bartender, house painter, hostess, JC Penney saleswoman, TGI Fridays waitress, and many more. You can usually find her relating these earlier job experiences in her comedic performance.
Early Stand Up Comedy and Films
While doing different jobs, Ellen decided to try stand-up comedy at coffee houses and small clubs. Not long after, she worked at Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans as the emcee. She had more success after that in the form of tours and television network Showtime naming her funniest person in America.
In terms of movies, Ellen was part of the Coneheads film. It was a movie based on characters from NBC Saturday Night Live sketches. The comedy skits were about aliens stranded on Earth.
Aside from that, Ellen was the star of a film presentation called Ellen’s Energy Adventure. It was an attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It also featured Bill Nye, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Richards, Alex Trebek, and many other celebrities. The ride was soon replaced with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind on August 2017. One can already tell that Ellen DeGeneres net worth and career is slowly rising.
Successful Television Shows
The first television show that DeGeneres landed was Open House, a sitcom from Fox channel. There, she played the role of an office worker at a real estate company. She also portrayed a nurse named Nancy MacIntrye in the sitcom Laurie Hill. Producer writers Carol Black and Neal Marlens were so impressed by Ellen’s performance that they took her for another sitcom These Friends of Mine. On subsequent seasons, These Friends of Mine title was soon changed to Ellen. Many praised Ellen’s performance on the show and even referred to the show as the female version of Seinfeld.
Then on April 1997, Ellen revealed she was lesbian on the Oprah Winfrey Show. For consistency, her character on the Ellen show came out as lesbian as well to her therapist played by Oprah Winfrey. The episode where this happened was one of the episodes with the highest ratings. A year later, the show was cancelled and it was speculated that the higher-ups were not comfortable with the direction of the show. Because of this, Ellen went back to doing stand-up comedy.
Reborn as Talk Show Host
DeGeneres first returned to television as the star of the sitcom The Ellen Show on CBS network. It was cancelled after only 13 episodes.
A couple of years later, Ellen became a talk show host in The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show became popular and was widely praised. It was nominated for Best Talk Show and plenty other awards. Ellen would give out prizes to audiences and would sometimes sing or dance with them. This earned the show a lot of fans and sponsors. It was also impressive to know that Ellen still held the show even though she was hospitalized. She had a torn ligament in her back but that did not stop her from hosting the show from her hospital bed.
She later replaced Paula Abdul as judge for the singing competition television show American Idol. It was announced that she will act as judge on the show for give seasons. However, that did not pan out since she left the show after only one season. It appears the singing competition show was not a good fit for her.
Ellen hosted the show Ellen’s Game of Games, which was stylized as ellen’s GAME OF GAMES. The game show was based on the games from her talk show and expands them further.
Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth and Relationships
When DeGeneres first came out as a lesbian in the Oprah Winfrey Show, it sparked interest in American tabloids and audience. Many were shocked, including her mother, but many also supported her advocacy for the LGBT community.
Her first girlfriend was actress Anne Heche but it only lasted until 2000. From there, she was close to actress Alexandra Hedison who also happens to be a photographer and director. On 2004, Ellen started dating model Portia de Rossi. On 2008, same-sex marriage was made legal so DeGeneres and Rossi got married. A couple of years later, Portia changed her legal name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres net worth is estimated at $330 million
Motivational Quotes from Ellen DeGeneres
“The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way.”
“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.”
“Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means follow that path.”