Ellen DeGeneres is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television personality from the United States of America. She has a net worth of $500 million.
She is best known for co-creating and executive producing the sitcom “Ellen,” which ran from 1994 to 1998, and the syndicated talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which lasted from 2003 to 2021.
In Hollywood terms, her syndicated program made her enormously wealthy. Ellen received over $60 million in compensation from the talk show alone during her peak.
Ellen Degeneres Childhood
Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on January 26, 1958. Elizabeth, her mother, was a speech therapist, and Elliott, her father, was an insurance agent.
She has a musician and producer brother named Vance. Her parents split in 1974, and her mother remarried and relocated to Atlanta, Texas, with her new husband and Ellen.
Ellen graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976 and returned to New Orleans to attend Louisiana State University. She left after one semester to work as a clerical assistant at a legal company. Additionally, she worked at J.C. Penney, TGIFridays, as a house painter, hostess, and bartender.
Ellen Degeneres Career
Ellen began doing her stand-up comedy routines at coffee shops and tiny clubs throughout the years she worked all those odd jobs. Ellen began her career in 1981 as the emcee at New Orleans’ Clyde’s Comedy Club. In the early 1980s, she began touring nationwide with her stand-up act.
In 1984, Showtime named her America’s Funniest Person. In 1989, she received her first regular television role on the Fox sitcom “Open House.” In 1992, she was cast in the brief sitcom “Laurie Hill.”
DeGeneres so took the filmmakers that they chose her to star in their upcoming ABC pilot, “These Friends of Mine.” In its second season, the show was called “Ellen.” “Ellen’s” popularity peaked in April 1997, when DeGeneres came out on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as a lesbian.
At the same time, her character in the comedy came out to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. “Ellen” was discontinued in May 1998 owing to declining ratings due to ABC’s promotional efforts.
DeGeneres returned to the stand-up circuit following the cancellation of her sitcom. She returned to television in 2001 with “The Ellen Show,” a 13-episode CBS sitcom. She voiced Dory in 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” In 2012’s “Finding Dory,” she reprised the role.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” premiered in the fall of 2003. Today, it is one of the most popular daytime talk shows. The program earned 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons. On May 1, 2009, Ellen aired her 100th episode. In December 2015, she performed her 2000th concert.
DeGeneres joined “American Idol” as a judge in 2010. She took the place of Paula Abdul. She departed after one season, stating that the show “didn’t seem right for me.”
DeGeneres began presenting the game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC in the 2017-2018 television season, expanding on games performed on her talk show.
DeGeneres has previously served as the Emmys, Grammys, and Academy Awards host.
Ellen Degeneres Private Life
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. The next year, she began dating actress Anne Heche. They dated from August 2000 to August 2001.
DeGeneres was related to actress Alexandra Hedison from 2000 to 2004. She began dating actress Portia de Rossi in 2004. They were married in August 2008 at their Beverly Hills home.
Ellen and Portia both practice veganism. Ellen’s 60th birthday gift from Portia de Rossi in January 2018 was a permanent gorilla habitat in Rwanda created in her honor for the Digit Fund.
This grant was made as part of the launch of a new division of the Digit Fund, dubbed the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
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Ellen Degeneres Salary Highlights
DeGeneres gets between $75 million and $90 million each year. Ellen made $80 million from her numerous efforts between June 2018 and June 2019.
Ellen Degeneres Residential Real Estate
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi both have a history of flipping houses. Since 2003, the pair has purchased and sold over 20 residences. DeGeneres and de Rossi sold homes for $6.98 million, $15.5 million, and $23 million in 2019.