Ellen Lee DeGeneres (// də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
|Birth name||Ellen Lee DeGeneres|
|Born||January 26, 1958|
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of New Orleans|
|Parent(s)||Betty DeGeneres (mother) |
Elliot DeGeneres (father)
|Relative(s)||Vance DeGeneres (brother)|
|Net worth||$330 million|
Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s and included a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999), and provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016); for Nemo, 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. 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. 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 four books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production. She also launched a lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, which comprises a collection of apparel, accessories, home, baby, and pet items. She has won 30 Emmys, 20 People's Choice Awards (more than any other person), and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On January 5, 2020, DeGeneres won the Golden Globes Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award.
In summer 2020, DeGeneres faced considerable controversy after it came out that her show was being investigated for being a hostile workplace and allegations were made that she instigated the abuse, racism and sexual harassment against her staff.
Early life and education
DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Jane (née Pfeffer, born 1930), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres (1925–2018), an insurance agent. She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. She is of French, English, German, and Irish descent. She was raised as a Christian Scientist. In 1973, her parents filed for separation and were divorced the following year. Shortly after, Ellen's mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father.
When she was 15 or 16 years old, she was molested by her stepfather. DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with a cousin, Laura Gillen. Her early jobs included working at J. C. Penney, and being a waitress at TGI Fridays and another restaurant, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.
DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981, she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. DeGeneres cites Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time. In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America.
Ellen's work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included the film Coneheads. DeGeneres starred in a series of films for a show named Ellen's Energy Adventure, which was part of the Universe of Energy attraction and pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The film also featured Bill Nye, Alex Trebek, Michael Richards, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The show revolved around DeGeneres' falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival, portrayed by Curtis, and Albert Einstein. The next film had DeGeneres co-hosting an educational look at energy with Nye. The ride first opened on September 15, 1996, as Ellen's Energy Crisis, but was quickly given the more positive-sounding name Ellen's Energy Adventure. The ride closed permanently on August 13, 2017.
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DeGeneres' first regular TV role was in a short-lived Fox sitcom called Open House. She played the role of Margo Van Meter, an office worker at the Juan Verde Real Estate company. The show co-starred Alison LaPlaca and Mary Page Keller. In 1992, producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black cast DeGeneres in their sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre. The series was canceled after only four episodes, but Marlens and Black were so impressed with DeGeneres' performance that they soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which they co-created with David S. Rosenthal.
DeGeneres' comedy career became the basis of the sitcom Ellen, named These Friends of Mine during its first season. The ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres' style of observational humor; it was often referred to as a "female Seinfeld."
Ellen reached its height of popularity in April 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character on the sitcom also came out of the closet to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. The coming-out episode, titled "The Puppy Episode", was one of the highest-rated episodes of the show. The series returned for a fifth season but experienced falling ratings due to ABC's cutting back on promoting the show. It was believed that The Walt Disney Company, ABC's parent owner, had become uncomfortable with the subject matter depicted on the show now that DeGeneres' character was openly gay. In May 1998, Ellen was canceled. DeGeneres returned to stand-up comedy and later re-established herself as a successful talk show host.
In September 2003, DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of several celebrity-hosted talk shows surfacing at the beginning of that season, including those of Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner, her show has consistently risen in the Nielsen ratings and received widespread critical praise. It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show has won 25 Emmy Awards for its first three seasons on the air. DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks. She often gives away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors.
DeGeneres celebrated her thirty-year class reunion by flying her graduating class to California to be guests on her show in February 2006. She presented Atlanta High School with a surprise gift of a new electronic LED marquee sign. In May 2006, DeGeneres made a surprise appearance at the Tulane University commencement in New Orleans. Following George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to the podium, she came out in a bathrobe and furry slippers. "They told me everyone would be wearing robes," she said. Ellen then went on to make another commencement speech at Tulane in 2009.
The show broadcast for a week from Universal Studios Orlando in March 2007. Skits included DeGeneres going on the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride and the Jaws Boat Ride. In May 2007, DeGeneres was placed on bed rest due to a torn ligament in her back. She continued hosting her show from a hospital bed, tended to by a nurse, explaining "the show must go on, as they say." Guests sat in hospital beds as well. On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode, featuring celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, and Paris Hilton, among others. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake surprised DeGeneres on her 2,000th show in December 2015.
On September 9, 2009, it was confirmed that DeGeneres would replace Paula Abdul as a judge of the ninth season of American Idol. Her role started after the contestant auditions, at the beginning of "Hollywood Week". It is reported that DeGeneres also signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons. She made her American Idol debut on February 9, 2010. However, on July 29, 2010, DeGeneres and Fox executives announced that the comedian would be leaving American Idol after one season. In a statement, DeGeneres said that the series "didn't feel like the right fit for me".
Starting in the 2017–2018 television season DeGeneres began hosting the game show Ellen's Game of Games on NBC which is based and expands on games played on her talk show. The series had a preview episode on December 18, 2017 with regular episodes beginning the following January.
DeGeneres received wide exposure on November 4, 2001, when she hosted the televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards. Presented after two cancellations due to network concerns that a lavish ceremony following the September 11 attacks would appear insensitive, the show required a more somber tone that would also allow viewers to temporarily forget the tragedy. DeGeneres received several standing ovations for her performance that evening, which included the line: "What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?"
In August 2005, DeGeneres hosted the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held on September 18, 2005. This was three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, making it the second time she hosted the Emmys following a national tragedy. She also hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and in 1997.
On September 7, 2006, DeGeneres was selected to host the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on February 25, 2007. This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event. During the Awards show, DeGeneres said, "What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion, and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: If there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that." Reviews of her hosting gig were positive, with one saying, "DeGeneres rocked, as she never forgot that she wasn't just there to entertain the Oscar nominees but also to tickle the audience at home." Regis Philbin said in an interview that "the only complaint was there's not enough Ellen."
DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award as host of the Academy Awards broadcast. On August 2, 2013, it was announced that DeGeneres would host the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, for the second time.
A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the broadcast is the second-most retweeted tweet ever. DeGeneres said she wanted to homage Meryl Streep's record 17 Oscar nominations by setting a new record with her, and invited other Oscar celebrities to join them. The resulting photo of twelve celebrities broke the previous retweet record within forty minutes and was retweeted over 1.8 million times in the first hour. By the end of the ceremony it had been retweeted over 2 million times, less than 24 hours later, it had been retweeted over 2.8 million times. As of May 2017[update], it has been retweeted over 3.4 million times. The group selfie effort was parodied by Lego and Matt Groening with The Simpsons. It beat the previous record, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election.
ED Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen launched her lifestyle brand under the name ED by Ellen in the summer of 2015. After her initial collections, the brand name then changed to ED Ellen DeGeneres to incorporate the licensed arm of her brand. The collection includes apparel, shoes, accessories, pet, baby and home items. DeGeneres' dog collection at PetSmart was launched in February 2017, and a cat line was introduced later that year.
In November 2017, the brand launched a collection to benefit Ellen's #BeKindToElephants campaign featuring a tee and baby one piece, donating 100% of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Then, DeGeneres created a line with her brand to benefit the newly created Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, a member of the Digit Fund, to launch a line of tees and footwear to help gorillas.
DeGeneres lent her voice to the role of Dory, a friendly fish with short-term memory loss, in the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. The film's director, Andrew Stanton, said that he chose Ellen because she changed the subject five times before one sentence had finished on her show. For her performance as Dory, DeGeneres won the Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress; Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards; and the Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association, for Outstanding Voice Acting. She was also nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She also provided the voice of the dog in the prologue of the Eddie Murphy feature film Dr. Dolittle. Her win of the Saturn Award marked the first and only time the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has given the acting award for a voice performance.
She reprised the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.
In November 2004, DeGeneres appeared, dancing, in an ad campaign for American Express. Her most recent American Express commercial, a two-minute black-and-white spot in which she works with animals, debuted in November 2006 and was created by Ogilvy & Mather. In 2007, the commercial won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial.
DeGeneres began working with CoverGirl Cosmetics in September 2008, for which she has been criticized, as her animal-friendly values clash with Procter and Gamble's (the maker of CoverGirl Cosmetics) animal testing. Her face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009. The beauty campaign was DeGeneres' first.
DeGeneres represents a line of products on QVC, a home shopping network. Her line of home products, initialized as E.D., for Ellen DeGeneres, began being offered on QVC on October 24, 2014, under the name E.D. on Air.
On August 15, 2018, it was announced that DeGeneres would partner with Walmart to launch a fashion collection under the brand name EV1, a low-cost alternative to her ED Ellen DeGeneres product. The collection officially launched on September 10, 2018 with price points under $30.
On May 26, 2010, DeGeneres announced on her show that she was starting her own record label entitled "eleveneleven". She explained her choice of name, claiming that she often sees the number 11:11 when looking at her clocks, that she found Greyson on the 11th, and that the singer's soccer jersey has the number 11. She mentioned that she had been looking for videos of performances on YouTube to start her label. The first act she signed to the label is Greyson Chance.
The Ellen Show
In 2007, a former writer of the 2001–2002 sitcom The Ellen Show spoke of how DeGeneres treated her writers on the sitcom, saying she treated them "like shit" and continued to elaborate and said:
We'd watch her in rehearsals, smiling and winning us over with her charm and comic timing. Then the director would yell cut, her face would fall, and she'd level a glare at the writers. "Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?" she'd hiss. Ellen frequently eviscerated the head writer and ... boasted of the changes she'd make in season two, starting with his firing.
Friendship with George W. Bush
In October 2019, DeGeneres attended an NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at the invitation of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. While at the game, she was seated next to former president George W. Bush. Her friendly interactions with Bush, captured by stadium cameras, attracted criticism due to the opposition to same-sex marriage by Bush and his administration and his responsibility for the War in Iraq and its associated torture and civilian deaths. Actor Mark Ruffalo was among those who criticized DeGeneres' friendship with Bush. In response to the criticism, DeGeneres explained her friendship with Bush in a monologue on her show. During the segment, she indicated that she believes personal relationships should transcend political differences and compared her friendship with Bush to her friendships with people who wear fur, a practice she does not condone. A version of the monologue, digitally altered to include images of victims of American torture and civilians displaced by the War in Iraq behind DeGeneres, was later distributed over social media.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Dutch makeup artist and vlogger Nikkie de Jager (better known as NikkieTutorials) was interviewed by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk on the talk show De Wereld Draait Door and spoke of her experience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying, "Let me say that there's a big difference between this show and Ellen DeGeneres, and I'm saying that in favor of this show. It's nice that you say 'hi' before the show. She didn't." When van Nieuwkerk asked if DeGeneres was "cold and distant", de Jager agreed. In April, de Jager spoke about her experience again in an interview with &C magazine, saying, "Call me naive, but I kind of expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons: 'Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!' But instead I was greeted by an angry intern who was a bit overworked. I was expecting a Disney show, but got Teletubbies after dark." She also said she was not even allowed to use the restroom: "Every guest at Ellen's had a private toilet, but I didn't. I was not allowed to use the nearest toilet, because it was reserved for the Jonas Brothers."
In May 2020, videos of past interviews of The Ellen DeGeneres Show began to resurface online and they drew ire for what some characterized as DeGeneres mistreating and manipulating her celebrity guests. Some sources claimed the most damning of which was an interview with Mariah Carey where it looked as though DeGeneres had forced Carey to reveal her pregnancy on live television. It began when Ellen asked Carey about rumors that she was pregnant, and Carey responded awkwardly "Don't discuss that..." When she expressed her protest to addressing the topic, DeGeneres proceeded to bring out a bottle of champagne to make a toast to Carey "not being pregnant". Carey began to resist drinking the alcohol and she then proceeds to pretend to drink it; DeGeneres exclaims "You're pregnant!" Carey later confirmed to the public that she was pregnant. Weeks later, she had a miscarriage, something that was emotionally devastating for her.
Australian radio host Neil Breen recalled how DeGeneres' staff "walked on eggshells" during the show's 2013 visit to Australia, and that he was told, "Now, Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don't talk to her, you don't approach her, you don't look at her." He stated that "the whole thing was bizarre".
Instigator of a toxic work environment, racism and sexual harassment allegations
An article was posted on BuzzFeed News on July 16, 2020, in which 10 anonymous former employees accused DeGeneres' show of being a toxic workplace. Accusations included being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend funerals, as well as racist comments and microaggressions. One employee stated, "That 'be kind' bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It's all for show. I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show." On July 27, it was announced that WarnerMedia would begin an internal investigation of the show's workplace following the allegations. In response, DeGeneres published a letter apologizing to her staff. A second BuzzFeed article came out on July 30, 2020. In it, 36 former employees accused the executive producers of sexual misconduct and harassment. Some suggested that DeGeneres knew about this, but did not want to deal with it: "For someone who's so involved in the show and the creative aspect, and having been in those meetings with her, it's very hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that she doesn't hear the same whispers." Another employee said that "she knows shit goes on, but also she doesn't want to hear it". Actor Brad Garrett, who has appeared on the show six times, commented on Twitter that the accusations come "from the top" and added that he "[knows] more than one who were treated horribly by her" and that it was "common knowledge". Actress Lea Thompson corroborated his claims.
On August 3, 2020, former producer Hedda Muskat spoke about DeGeneres in an interview with TheWrap. In it, she detailed an incident where she witnessed executive producer Ed Glavin screaming at a crew member. She said, "He just went off on them. His whole face turned red. We were stunned." She spoke of Degeneres' reaction: "I was waiting for Ellen to say something. ‘Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that.' Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog’ … And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog - her dog." Muskat added, "You could just see everybody’s faces go stiff. We’re professionals; we’re adults. We don’t need a dog to get us to do our jobs … She was the only one giggling." Muskat concluded by expressing her disbelief that conditions will improve behind-the-scenes on the show because of DeGeneres herself, saying, "It will not make a difference. Because she is who she is." On August 4, 2020, another BuzzFeed article was released where a former employee said DeGeneres "didn't just turn a blind eye" but encouraged the mistreatment, racism and sexual harassment, adding "You cannot stand up in front of an audience as large as hers every single day for 17 years and say the words ‘be kind to one another’ and do what she did". A current employee who remained anonymous said "no one is holding themselves accountable, they just made excuses for it." Later that day, former Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ and actor Tony Okungbowa addressed the allegations saying in an Instagram post "While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward."
Katy Perry, Jay Leno, Ashton Kutcher, Tyrese Gibson, Alec Baldwin, Nigel Lythgoe, Kevin Hart, Diane Keaton, Nacho Figueras, Jerry O'Connell and de Rossi expressed support for DeGeneres, which resulted in backlash against them. On August 5, 2020, actress Rachel Bloom indirectly addressed employee allegations against The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Twitter by stating an observation of hers: "Just wanna say that I have both worked behind the scenes of TV shows and been the celebrity guest on them and the two experiences are very different. Having a good time being a guest does not necessarily have anything to do with the experiences of the employees. I'm not saying this to put anyone on blast, I just wanted to offer my point of view as someone who's had the amazing fortune to experience both worlds."
Allegations of mean and cruel behavior
In 2016, Kathy Griffin published a memoir titled Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. In it, she detailed an incident at the Emmy Awards: "I'm almost positive a certain beloved daytime talk show host once had me kicked out of a backstage dressing room at the Emmy Awards. I can't prove it, but this person, who has short blonde hair, has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about." She would later admit in an interview with Access Hollywood that she was referring to DeGeneres.
In March 2020, comedian Kevin T. Porter posted a tweet asking people to share instances of DeGeneres being "mean" and received more than 2,800 responses.
On May 1, 2020, DeGeneres' former bodyguard Tom Majercak detailed DeGeneres' behavior towards him in an interview with Fox News: "It was very cold and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle. It's bugged me for years. I see this person come across as being very enlightened and positive and awesome and everybody loves her and is in awe and that's really not the case when you meet her in person. I can absolutely see through interacting with her first-hand that she doesn't care about anybody else as long as she's getting what she wants."
Wealth and popularity
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Forbes estimated DeGeneres' 2018 earnings at US$87.5 million, making her the 15th highest-paid entertainer in the world. In 2015, she was named the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and came second on the World Pride Power list. As of August 2, 2018, she has more than 76 million followers on Twitter and 55.8 million followers on Instagram, making her the seventh most followed user on Twitter and the 28th most followed user on Instagram.
DeGeneres is a fan of the NFL but does not follow one team; she has shown support for the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, and attended a 2011 Saints practice session dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson.
Sexual orientation and relationships
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. The disclosure of her sexual orientation sparked intense interest by American tabloids. The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted her professional career and left her "mired in depression". In her book Love, Ellen, DeGeneres' mother Betty describes being initially shocked when DeGeneres came out, but she has since become one of her strongest supporters; she is also an active member of PFLAG and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project. The same year she came out, DeGeneres started a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted until August 2000. From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres maintained a close affair with photographer Alexandra Hedison. The couple appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media.
Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres and de Rossi were engaged, and married in August 2008, at their home in Beverly Hills, California, where they live with their four dogs and three cats. The passage of Proposition 8 cast doubt on the legal status of their marriage, but a subsequent California Supreme Court judgment validated it because it occurred before November 4, 2008. On August 6, 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The petition was granted on September 23, 2010.
Animal rights and veganism
DeGeneres previously described herself as a vegan and "big animal lover". De Rossi is also a vegan. DeGeneres co-ordinated a vegan outreach website titled "Going Vegan with Ellen". She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through. The website for The Ellen DeGeneres Show formerly contained a section called "Going Vegan with Ellen", in which she promoted "Meatless Mondays" and featured vegan recipes. In 2016, DeGeneres stated that she had re-introduced fish into her diet, and confirmed that she had stopped following a vegan lifestyle "in the last year or two for no reason really" in her 2018 stand-up comedy special Relatable.
DeGeneres has invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to speak on her show several times about the organization's efforts in animal protection legislation. In 2009, PETA named her their "Woman of the Year". In April 2013, she donated $25,000 to stop Ag-Gag anti-whistleblower legislation in Tennessee, which would prohibit undercover investigators from recording footage of animal abuse on farms. In 2010, DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2010, asking people to start "a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one" at Thanksgiving.
In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named DeGeneres a special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres opened the show at the David Lynch Foundation's 3rd annual "Change Begins Within" gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to raise funds to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders. She says: "TM is the only time I have that stillness… it gives me this peaceful feeling, and I love it so much. I can't say enough good things about it. All the benefits that you can achieve from sitting still and going within—it really is a beautiful experience. David Lynch is such a wonderful man to start this foundation to help people."
In November 2017, it was announced that President Donald Trump would begin allowing the importation of elephant trophies from Africa. In response, DeGeneres created a hashtag campaign in partnership with her brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, to donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She also created a T-shirt with her brand whose proceeds also go to the organization.
In January 2018, for DeGeneres' 60th birthday, de Rossi gifted her a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda built in her name for the Digit Fund. This gift was part of a new arm of the Digit Fund now called the "Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund".
|1990||Arduous Moon||Herself||Short film|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Martha Alston|
|1998||Goodbye Lover||Sgt. Rita Pompano|
|Dr. Dolittle||Prologue Dog (voice)|
|The Love Letter||Janet Hall|
|2003||Finding Nemo||Dory (voice)|
|Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau||Dory (voice)||Short film|
|Pauly Shore Is Dead||Herself|
|2005||My Short Film||Herself||Short film|
|2013||Justin Bieber's Believe||Herself||Documentary|
|2015||Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live||Herself||Concert film|
|2016||Finding Dory||Dory (voice)|
|1989||Duet||Margo Van Meter||Episode: "The Birth of a Saleswoman"|
|1989–1990||Open House||Margo Van Meter||24 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 and executive producer|
|1994||46th Primetime Emmy Awards||Herself (co-host)||TV special|
|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|
|If These Walls Could Talk 2||Kal||TV movie|
|2001||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres/No Doubt"|
|On the Edge||Operator||Segment: "Reaching Normal"|
|Will & Grace||Sister Louise||Episode: "My Uncle the Car"|
|53rd Primetime Emmy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2001–2002||The Ellen Show||Ellen Richmond||18 episodes; also executive producer|
|2003||Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2003–present||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself (host)||Also creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Herself||Episode: "It's a Wonderful Wife"|
|Six Feet Under||Herself||Episode: "Parallel Play"|
|2005||Joey||Herself||Episode: "Joey and the Sex Tape"|
|57th Primetime Emmy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2007||79th Academy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|Sesame Street||Herself||Episode: "The Tutu Spell"|
|2010||American Idol||Herself (judge)||Season 9|
|The Simpsons||Herself (voice)||Episode: "Judge Me Tender″|
|2014||86th Academy Awards||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2016; 2019||The Big Bang Theory||Herself||2 episodes|
|2017–present||Ellen's Game of Games||Herself (host)||Also creator and executive producer|
|2018||Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable||Herself||Stand-up special|
|2020||One World: Together at Home||Herself||Television special|
|iHeart Living Room Concert for America||Herself||Concert special|
|#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall||Herself||Television special|
|2019||Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase|
As executive producer
|2015||Repeat After Me||8 episodes|
|2015–2016||Ellen's Design Challenge||15 episodes|
|2015||One Big Happy||6 episodes|
|2016–present||Little Big Shots||48 episodes|
|2017||First Dates||8 episodes|
|2018–2019||Splitting Up Together||26 episodes|
|2018||Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here||Stand-up special|
|2019–present||Green Eggs and Ham||13 episodes|
|1996||9: The Last Resort||The Octopus Lady||Voice|
|2016||Disney Infinity 3.0||Dory|
|1997||"A Change Would Do You Good" (Version 2)||Sheryl Crow||Taxi Passenger|||
|2018||"Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions)||Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B||Herself (cameo)|||
|2019||"You Need to Calm Down"||Taylor Swift||Herself|||
|2020||"The Wall Will Fall"||Rick Springfield and Friends||Herself|||
|1996||Taste This||Enhanced CD/Download|
|2003||The Funny Thing Is...||CD/Download|
|2017||Making Gay History||Podcast episode; audio recording from 2001|
Awards and honors
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