Ellen Lee DeGeneres (/dəˈɛnərəs/ də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958)[1][2] is an American comedian, television host, actress, and writer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for "The Puppy Episode". She also hosted the syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show from 2003 to 2022, for which she received 33 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres
DeGeneres in 2011
Birth nameEllen Lee DeGeneres
Born (1958-01-26) January 26, 1958 (age 66)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
  • books
EducationUniversity of New Orleans (no degree)
Years active1978–present
(m. 2008)
Parent(s)Betty DeGeneres
Relative(s)Vance DeGeneres (brother)

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 Disney/Pixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016); for Finding 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 served as a judge on the ninth season of American Idol.

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.[3] She has won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, 20 People's Choice Awards (more than any other person),[4] and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[5] In January 2020, DeGeneres received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes for her work on television, becoming the first recipient after its inaugural namesake Carol Burnett.[6]

Early life and education

Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Jane "Betty" (née Pfeffer) (born 1930), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres (1925–2018), an insurance agent.[7][8] She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. She was raised a Christian Scientist.[9] Her parents filed for separation in 1973 and were divorced the following year.[9] Shortly after, her 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.[citation needed]

When she was 15 or 16 years old, DeGeneres was molested by her stepfather.[10][11] Gruessendorf used her mother's recent breast cancer diagnosis as an excuse to touch her inappropriately, saying he needed to examine her breasts for lumps. Eventually, he tried to break down her door and sexually assault her, prompting her to run away from home and spend the night in a hospital.[12] DeGeneres told her mother about the abuse a few years later, but Betty Jane did not believe her, and remained married to Gruessendorf for 18 years afterward. She finally realized that DeGeneres had been telling the truth when his accounts of his behavior toward his stepdaughter kept changing.[13] Gruessendorf died in 1997.[citation needed]

DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie. 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 a stint at J. C. Penney[14] and waitressing at TGI Fridays and another restaurant. She also worked as a house painter, a hostess and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.[citation needed]

Stand-up comedy

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.[15] In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America.[16]

After a 15-year hiatus from performing stand-up comedy, DeGeneres appeared in a 2018 Netflix stand-up special, Relatable.[17][18]

DeGeneres lists Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart among her comedic influences.[19]

Film career

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's 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.

Television career


DeGeneres at the Governor's Ball after the 46th Annual Emmy Awards, 1994

DeGeneres's first regular TV role was in a short-lived Fox sitcom called Open House,[20] a spin-off of the show Duet.[21] She played the role of Margo Van Meter, a receptionist at the Juan Verde Real Estate company.[21][22] 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.[23] The series was canceled after only four episodes, but Marlens and Black soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which they co-created with David S. Rosenthal.[24][25]

Inspired by her comedy career, These Friends of Mine was renamed Ellen after the first season.[26] The ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres's style of observational humor; it was often referred to as a "female Seinfeld".[27]

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.[28] 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 and was cancelled.[29][30]

DeGeneres returned to television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom, The Ellen Show, which was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 2007, a former writer said she treated the writers "like shit" saying "Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?"[31][32] After her sitcoms, DeGeneres would later re-establish herself as a successful talk show host.


DeGeneres in Los Angeles, California, in January 2004
DeGeneres in 2009

DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in September 2003.[33] One of several celebrity-hosted talk shows surfacing at the beginning of that season, including those of Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner,[34] her show has consistently risen in the Nielsen ratings and received widespread critical praise.[citation needed] It was nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season,[35] winning four, including Best Talk Show.[36] The show won 25 Emmy Awards for its first three seasons on the air.[37] For much of the duration of the show, DeGeneres was known for dancing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks. She often gave away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors. DeGeneres later stated that she stopped dancing as it became an expectation and too much of a burden.[38]

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. DeGeneres made a surprise appearance at Tulane University's May 2006 commencement in New Orleans. Following George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to the podium, she appeared in a bathrobe and furry slippers. "They told me everyone would be wearing robes," she said. Ellen made another commencement speech at Tulane in 2009.[39]

The show broadcast for a week from Universal Studios Orlando in March 2007. Skits included DeGeneres going on the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride[40] and the Jaws Boat Ride.[41] DeGeneres was placed on bed rest in May 2007 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.[42] On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode with celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton, among others.[43] Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake surprised DeGeneres on her 2,000th show in December 2015.[44]

DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on the ninth season of American Idol. Her role started after the contestant auditions, at the beginning of "Hollywood Week".[45][46] It is reported that DeGeneres also signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons.[47] 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".[48]

DeGeneres began hosting the NBC game show Ellen's Game of Games during the 2017–2018 television season. Based on games played on her talk show, the series previewed on December 18, 2017, with regular episodes starting the following January.[49] It would run for four total seasons until May 2021, with its cancellation announced in January 2022.[50]

Since 2018

The New York Times profiled DeGeneres in 2018 as she faced the decision of renewing her talk-show contract and was exploring other outlets for her creativity, including her Netflix comedy special Relatable, which spoofs her kind image.[38] They noted she felt boxed in with a reputation of always being nice, and the host who danced all the time.[38] DeGeneres—who acknowledges that she has always been overly sensitive—fretted how her audience would react when she no longer wanted to dance.[38] Her Christian Scientist upbringing included her father's psyche, "He was a very fearful man, he couldn't hear or engage with anything unpleasant."[38]

On May 12, 2021, DeGeneres announced that she would end her talk show following the conclusion of its nineteenth season in 2022.[51] The show aired its final episode on May 26, 2022, with Jennifer Aniston, Pink and Billie Eilish appearing as guests, while Portia de Rossi and other members of DeGeneres' family sat in the audience.[52]

Award shows

DeGeneres received wider 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?"[53]

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.[54] This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event.[55] 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."[56] 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."[57] 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.[58] On August 2, 2013, it was announced that DeGeneres would host the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, for the second time.[59]

A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the broadcast is the fifth-most retweeted tweet ever.[60][61][62] 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.[63][64][65] 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.[61][63] As of May 2017, it has been retweeted over 3.4 million times.[61] The group selfie effort was parodied by Lego and Matt Groening with The Simpsons.[66][67] It beat the previous record, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election.[65][68][69]

Other ventures

ED Ellen DeGeneres

DeGeneres launched her lifestyle brand under the name ED by Ellen in the summer of 2015.[70] After her initial collections, the brand name then changed to ED Ellen DeGeneres to incorporate the licensed arm of her brand.[71] The collection includes apparel, shoes, accessories, pet, baby and home items. DeGeneres's dog collection at PetSmart was launched in February 2017,[72] and a cat line was introduced later that year.[73]

In November 2017, the brand launched a collection to benefit DeGeneres' #BeKindToElephants campaign featuring a tee and baby one piece, donating 100% of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.[74] Then, DeGeneres created a line with her brand to benefit the newly created Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund,[75] a member of the Digit Fund, to launch a line of tees and footwear to help gorillas.[76]

Voice acting

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.[77] 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.[78] 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.[citation needed]

She reprised the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.

Commercial spokesperson

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.[79] Her face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009. The beauty campaign was DeGeneres's first.[80]

On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres headlined the third annual "Change Begins Within" gala for the David Lynch Foundation held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[81][82]

In spring 2012, DeGeneres became the spokesperson for J. C. Penney in a tour and advertising campaign.[14]

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.[83]

On September 4, 2018, TCL, announced its extension as the Official TV of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a fifth consecutive season.[84]

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.[85] The collection officially launched on September 10, 2018, with price points under $30.[86]


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 singer Greyson Chance on the 11th, and that the singer's soccer jersey has the number 11.[87] 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 was Chance.[88]

Personal life

Wealth and popularity

Forbes estimated DeGeneres's 2020 earnings at US$84 million and her net worth at US$370 million,[89] making her the 12th-highest-paid entertainer in the world.[90] In 2015, she was named the 50th-most-powerful woman in the world by Forbes[91] and came second on the World Pride Power list.[92] As of August 2, 2018, she had more than 76 million followers on Twitter and 55.8 million followers on Instagram, making her the tenth-most-followed user on Twitter and the 29th-most-followed user on Instagram; however, as of November 2023, she slipped down to 75 million Twitter followers (now known as X), placing her 14th, while her Instagram followers have grown to 139 million in the 5 years since the August 2018 update, albeit dipping to 32nd place.

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,[93][94] and she attended a 2011 Saints practice session dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson.[95]

Sexual orientation and relationships

Portia de Rossi and DeGeneres in September 2012

In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. The disclosure of her sexual orientation sparked intense interest by American tabloids.[96] The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted her professional career and left her "mired in depression".[96][97] In her book Love, Ellen, DeGeneres's 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.[98] From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres maintained a close relationship with photographer Alexandra Hedison.[99] The couple appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media.[100]

Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi.[101] 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.[102][103] 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.[104][105][106] On August 6, 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.[107] The petition was granted on September 23, 2010.[108]

Animal rights and veganism

DeGeneres previously described herself as a vegan and "big animal lover".[109][110] De Rossi is also a vegan.[110] DeGeneres co-ordinated a vegan outreach website titled "Going Vegan with Ellen".[111] She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through.[112] 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.[113] In 2016, DeGeneres stated that she had re-introduced fish into her diet,[114] 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.[115]

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".[116] 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.[117] In 2010, DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project, asking people to start "a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one" at Thanksgiving.[118]


In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named DeGeneres a special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.[119] 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."[120][121]

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.[122]

In January 2018, for DeGeneres's 60th birthday, de Rossi gifted her a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda built in her name for the Digit Fund.[123] This gift was part of a new arm of the Digit Fund now called the "Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund".[124]

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.[125] Her friendly interactions with Bush, captured by stadium cameras, attracted criticism due to his past opposition to same-sex marriage, his administration and his responsibility for the Iraq War and its associated torture and civilian deaths.[126][127][128] Actor Mark Ruffalo was among those who criticized DeGeneres for her friendship with Bush.[129]

In response to the criticism, DeGeneres explained her friendship with Bush in a monologue on her show.[130] During the segment, she maintained 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.[131] Former first lady Michelle Obama was among those who defended DeGeneres.[132]

Allegations of on-set bullying

In July 2020, ten former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show accused DeGeneres of creating a "toxic" on-set atmosphere of "racism, fear, and intimidation", including failing to address executives sexually harassing female employees and making "racist micro-aggressions and abuse" to or about employees of color, firing employees for taking medical and bereavement leave, and replacing her own crew with non-union workers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.[133][134] The allegations, which the employees made anonymously to Buzzfeed News, followed previous reports of hostile and bullying behavior, such as a former employee's allegation that DeGeneres fired him for setting up a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs not covered by their workplace health insurance.[134][135]

Months earlier, comedian and podcaster Kevin T. Porter published a thread on Twitter in which he called DeGeneres "notoriously one of the meanest people alive", and asked other Twitter users to post "stories you've heard about Ellen being mean", pledging to donate two dollars to the Los Angeles Food Bank for each post.[136] The thread quickly went viral, with several posts alleging situations where DeGeneres had been unkind (such as for firing people who greeted her or looked her in the eyes).[137]

In July 2020, Telepictures, a unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment, released an interoffice memo that they would launch an internal investigation, employing WarnerMedia's employee relations team and a third-party consultant to conduct confidential interviews with current and former employees about their experiences on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[138] DeGeneres issued a statement to her staff taking responsibility for the workplace culture on the show and pledging to "correct the issues".[139][140] WarnerMedia began an investigation.[141] DeGeneres apologized to her staff, releasing a statement reading, "On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' would be a place of happiness—no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it's the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show."[139]

Following the investigation, three executives left (Kevin A. Leman II, Ed Glavin, and Jonathon Norman), and the show vowed to take steps to change the culture. DeGeneres apologized again during the eighteenth season's September 2020 opening.[142][143]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Arduous Moon[144] Herself Short film
1991 Wisecracks[145] Herself Documentary
1993 Coneheads Coach
1994 Trevor Herself Short film
1996 Mr. Wrong Martha Alston
1998 Goodbye Lover Sgt. Rita Pompano
Dr. Dolittle Prologue Dog (voice)
1999 EDtv Cynthia
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[146] Herself Short film
2013 Justin Bieber's Believe Herself Documentary
2015 Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live Herself Concert film
Unity Narrator Documentary
2016 Finding Dory Dory (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
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[147] 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[148] 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
2003–2022 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself (host) 3,294 episodes; 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
2017–2021 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
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Herself Television special
2021 True Story Herself Episode: "Chapter 1: The King of Comedy"

As executive producer

Year Title Notes
2012–2014 Bethenny 170 episodes
2015 Repeat After Me 8 episodes
2015–2016 Ellen's Design Challenge 15 episodes
2015 One Big Happy 6 episodes
2016–2020 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 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Film
2019–2022 Green Eggs and Ham[149] 23 episodes
2020–2021 Lady Parts 11 episodes
2020–2021 The Masked Dancer 9 episodes
2021 Tig Notaro: Drawn Stand-up special
2021–2022 Little Ellen 20 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 9: The Last Resort The Octopus Lady Voice
2003 Finding Nemo Dory
2013 Heads Up! Herself
2016 Disney Infinity 3.0 Dory

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
1997 "A Change Would Do You Good" (Version 2) Sheryl Crow Taxi Passenger [150]
2017 "Read It (The Ellen Remix)" Herself, Big Sean, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ice Cube, Migos & Ty Dolla Sign Herself [151]
2018 "Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself (cameo) [152][153][154]
2019 "You Need to Calm Down" Taylor Swift Herself [155]
2020 "The Wall Will Fall" Rick Springfield and Friends Herself [156]



Year Title Formats
1996 Taste This Enhanced CD/Download


Year Title Formats
2003 The Funny Thing Is... CD/Download
2011 Seriously...I'm Kidding CD/Download


Year Title Formats
2017 Making Gay History Podcast episode; audio recording from 2001

Written works

  • DeGeneres, Ellen (1995). My Point...And I Do Have One. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-09955-3.
  • DeGeneres, Ellen (2003). The Funny Thing Is... New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-4761-0.
  • DeGeneres, Ellen (2011). Seriously...I'm Kidding. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0-446-58502-6.
  • DeGeneres, Ellen (2015). Home. Grand Central Life & Style. ISBN 978-1455533565.


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