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Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. Her parents divorced when she was sixteen years old. Her mother remarried, and her new husband, salesman Roy Gruessendorf, moved the family to Atlanta, Texas.After graduating from Atlanta High School in 1976, Ellen attended the University of New Orleans as a communication major, but she dropped out after one semester. She held a wide variety of jobs until she turned to stand-up comedy, making her bones at small clubs and coffeehouses before working her way up to emcee Clyde's Comedy Club by 1981. Her comedy was described as a distaff version of Bob Newhart. Beginning in the early 1980s, she toured nationally and was named the funniest person in America after winning a competition sponsored by the cable network Showtime. This led to better gigs, including her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1986.Though DeGeneres's early forays into series television were not successful (she appeared as a supporting player in two short-lived TV situation comedies in the period 1989-92, Open House and Laurie Hill), she scored a hit headlining her own 1994 sitcom on ABC "These Friends of Mine" (later renamed Ellen after its first season). She made TV history in April 1997 when her character, and DeGeneres herself personally, revealed that she was a lesbian. However, the show was canceled the following season due to declining ratings, after which DeGeneres returned to the stand-up circuit. In 2001, DeGeneres launched a new series, The Ellen Show, on CBS, but it suffered from poor ratings and was canceled.Redemption as a television artiste came in 2003, when DeGeneres's daytime talk show, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show proved to be both a critical hit and a commercial success. Along with good ratings, the show has won unprecedented kudos from the industry, winning 15 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons on the air and becoming the first talk show in TV history to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in its first three seasons.DeGeneres has also made a name for herself as a host of awards shows. She hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1997, as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2005. In February 2007, she had the ultimate TV awards show gig, hosting the Oscars, which she hosted again in 2014.  See full bio on IMDb »

'Ellen' Dance Dare -- Just a Suggestion ... Leave Cops Out of the Picture

'Ellen' Dance Dare
Just a Suggestion ... Leave Cops Out of the Picture

When Ellen DeGeneres issued her 'Dance Dare' we're damn sure she didn't mean fans should sneak up on NYPD cops -- who already have reason to be on edge -- and bust out the Running Man.But for… READ MORE >

'Ellen' Dance Dare -- NYPD Incident ... the RAW Video

'Ellen' Dance Dare
NYPD Incident ... The Raw Video

Here it is ... the unedited version of that viral video showing a guy dancing behind some NYC cops -- then getting shoved to the ground -- all so he could get on "The Ellen… READ MORE >

- 708 days ago
'Ellen Dance Dare' -- Contestant SHOVED by Cop ... NYPD Investigates (VIDEO)

'Ellen Dance Dare'
Contestant SHOVED by Cop ... NYPD Investigates

The NYPD is looking into why an officer got physical with a guy who was filming a viral video for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."The dancer is Alexander BOK, and he bills himself as "your favorite… READ MORE >

- 709 days ago
Alex From Target -- From Cashier To Cha-ching! Wanted in Hollywood

Alex From Target
From Cashier To Cha-ching! Wanted in Hollywood

Attention shoppers ... get a good look at "Alex from Target" because the dude probably won't be bagging Cheetos and batteries much longer -- now that he's taking meetings in… READ MORE >

- 763 days ago

Ellen DeGeneres

Pretty cool moment from Ellen DeGeneres -- when she hooked up Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still with a $10,000 DONATION to help his 4-year-old daughter in her fight against… READ MORE >

- 783 days ago
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Flipping Houses -- Ellen's Got Nothing On Us!

Kim and Kanye
Ellen's Got Nothing on Us We're Flipping Houses Too!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don't see bedrooms and bathrooms in their new mansion ... they see dollar signs ... and that's why they're going to sell it and officially enter the house-flipping… READ MORE >

- 884 days ago
Ellen DeGeneres -- I Just Made a FORTUNE ... Flipping My New Mansion

Ellen DeGeneres
I Just Made a Fortune Flipping My New Mansion

Ellen DeGeneres just flipped the amazing house she bought around New Year's -- after only living there a few months -- and the buyer was Napster co-founder Sean Parker ... who opened his… READ MORE >

- 885 days ago
Sophia Grace -- 'Ellen' Kid Scores $50K Movie Payday

Sophia Grace
'Ellen' Kid Scores $50K Movie Payday

At least one half of Ellen Degeneres' fave pre-teen duo is set to make big money -- as in the $400,000 neighborhood -- and it's all laid out in her first movie contract. Sophia Grace and… READ MORE >

- 911 days ago
Liza Minnelli -- Ellen Called Me a Drag Queen, and it Wasn't Funny

Liza Minnelli
Ellen Called Me a Drag Queen ... And it Wasn't Funny

Liza Minnelli didn't like the joke Ellen DeGeneres cracked about her at the Oscars ... suggesting she was actually a drag queen.Liza and a male companion hit up Craig's restaurant in West… READ MORE >

- 1010 days ago
Ellen Doesn't Own Famous Oscar Photo ... Guess Who Does

She Doesn't Own Oscar Pic ... Guess Who Does

Ellen DeGeneres does NOT own the picture that broke Twitter ... unless he signed his rights away, the owner of the famous Oscar pic is BRADLEY COOPER.Here's the way it works ... the person who… READ MORE >

- 1010 days ago

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