Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres
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DeGeneres in 2011
Birth nameEllen Lee DeGeneres
Born (1958-01-26) January 26, 1958 (age 63)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
  • books
Alma mater University of New Orleans
Years active1978–present
Genres
Subject(s)
Spouse
(m. 2008)
Parent(s) Betty DeGeneres
Relative(s) Vance DeGeneres (brother)
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Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( /dəˈɛnərəs/ də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) [1] [2] 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 television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

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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 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 30 Emmys, 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

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. [7] [8] She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. Of French, English, German, and Irish descent, she was raised a Christian Scientist. [9] Her parents filed for separation in 1973 and were divorced the following year. [9] 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. [10] 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.[ why? ] Her early jobs included a stint at J. C. Penney [11] 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.

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. [12] In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America. [13]

After a 15-year hiatus from performing stand-up comedy, DeGeneres appeared in a 2018 Netflix stand-up special, Relatable . [14] [15]

DeGeneres lists Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart among her comedic influences. [16]

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' 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

1989–2002

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

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.

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DeGeneres at the Emmy Awards, September 1997

DeGeneres' comedy career became the basis of the sitcom Ellen , named These Friends of Mine during its first season. [17] 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 . [18]

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. [19] 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. [20] [21]

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?" [22] [23] After her sitcoms, DeGeneres would later re-establish herself as a successful talk show host.

2003–present

DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show , in September 2003. 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 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. 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. [24]

The show broadcast for a week from Universal Studios Orlando in March 2007. Skits included DeGeneres going on the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride [25] and the Jaws Boat Ride. [26] 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. [27] On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode with celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton, among others. [28] Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake surprised DeGeneres on her 2,000th show in December 2015. [29]

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DeGeneres attending Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday party in Los Angeles, California, in January 2004

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". [30] [31] It is reported that DeGeneres also signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons. [32] 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". [33]

DeGeneres began hosting the NBC game show Ellen's Game of Games during the 2017–2018 television season. The show is based on games played on her talk show. The series had a preview episode on December 18, 2017, with regular episodes starting the following January. [34]

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. [35] They noted she felt boxed in with a reputation of always being nice, and the host who danced all time. [35] DeGeneres—who acknowledges that she has always been overly sensitive—fretted how her audience would react when she no longer wanted to dance. [35] Her Christian Scientist upbringing included her father's psyche, “He was a very fearful man, he couldn’t hear or engage with anything unpleasant.” [35] When asked about anonymous tabloid reports that she is not always nice to her workers, she thought the accusations were false, “The one thing I want is for everyone to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.” [35]

In July 2020, BuzzFeed News ran articles in which anonymous former employees accused the show of being a toxic workplace, accused the executive producers of harassment, as well as alleging an atmosphere with racist comments and microaggressions. [36] [37] WarnerMedia began an investigation. [38] DeGeneres apologized to her staff, writing that she intended for her show to be a place where "no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect" and that she was "disappointed to learn that this has not been the case." [39] [40] Following the investigation, three executives left, and the show vowed to take steps to change the culture; DeGeneres apologized again during the eighteenth season's September 2020 opening. [41] Her DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss was promoted to producer, and has served as host for the show filling in for DeGeneres. [42]

On May 12, 2021, DeGeneres announced that she would end her talk show following the conclusion of its nineteenth season in 2022. [43]

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?" [44]

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. [45] This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event. [46] 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." [47] 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." [48] 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. [49] On August 2, 2013, it was announced that DeGeneres would host the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, for the second time. [50]

A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the broadcast is the second-most retweeted tweet ever. [51] [52] 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. [53] [54] [55] 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. [52] [53] As of May 2017, it has been retweeted over 3.4 million times. [52] The group selfie effort was parodied by Lego and Matt Groening with The Simpsons . [56] [57] It beat the previous record, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election. [55] [58] [59]

Other ventures

ED Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen launched her lifestyle brand under the name ED by Ellen in the summer of 2015. [60] After her initial collections, the brand name then changed to ED Ellen DeGeneres to incorporate the licensed arm of her brand. [61] The collection includes apparel, shoes, accessories, pet, baby and home items. DeGeneres' dog collection at PetSmart was launched in February 2017, [62] and a cat line was introduced later that year. [63]

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. [64] Then, DeGeneres created a line with her brand to benefit the newly created Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, [65] a member of the Digit Fund, to launch a line of tees and footwear to help gorillas. [66]

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 . [67] 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. [68] 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 .

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. [69] Her face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009. The beauty campaign was DeGeneres' first. [70]

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. [71] [72]

In spring 2012, DeGeneres became the spokesperson for J. C. Penney in a tour and advertising campaign. [11]

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. [73]

On September 4, 2018, TCL, announced its extension as the Official TV of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a fifth consecutive season. [74]

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. [75] The collection officially launched on September 10, 2018, with price points under $30. [76]

eleveneleven

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. [77] 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. [78]

Personal life

Wealth and popularity

Forbes estimated DeGeneres' 2018 earnings at US$87.5 million, [79] making her the 15th highest-paid entertainer in the world. [80] In 2015, she was named the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes [81] and came second on the World Pride Power list. [82] 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, [83] [84] and attended a 2011 Saints practice session dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson. [85]

Sexual orientation and relationships

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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. [86] The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted her professional career and left her "mired in depression". [86] [87] 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. [88] From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres maintained a close affair with photographer Alexandra Hedison. [89] The couple appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media. [90]

Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi. [91] 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. [92] [93] 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. [94] [95] [96] On August 6, 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. [97] The petition was granted on September 23, 2010. [98]

Animal rights and veganism

DeGeneres previously described herself as a vegan and "big animal lover". [99] [100] De Rossi is also a vegan. [100] DeGeneres co-ordinated a vegan outreach website titled "Going Vegan with Ellen". [101] She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through. [102] 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. [103] In 2016, DeGeneres stated that she had re-introduced fish into her diet, [104] 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 . [105]

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". [106] 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. [107] 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. [108]

Humanitarianism

In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named DeGeneres a special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. [109] 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." [110] [111]

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. [112]

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. [113] This gift was part of a new arm of the Digit Fund now called the "Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund". [114]

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. [115] 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. [116] [117] [118] Actor Mark Ruffalo was among those who criticized DeGeneres for her friendship with Bush. [119]

In response to the criticism, DeGeneres explained her friendship with Bush in a monologue on her show. [120] 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. [121] Former first lady Michelle Obama was among those who defended DeGeneres. [122]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Arduous Moon [123] HerselfShort film
1991 Wisecracks [124] HerselfDocumentary
1993 Coneheads Coach
1994 Trevor HerselfShort 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
2005My Short Film [125] HerselfShort film
2013 Justin Bieber's Believe HerselfDocumentary
2015 Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live HerselfConcert film
Unity NarratorDocumentary
2016 Finding Dory Dory (voice)

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 Duet Margo Van MeterEpisode: "The Birth of a Saleswoman"
1989–1990 Open House Margo Van Meter24 episodes
1990–1992 One Night Stand Herself2 episodes
1992 Laurie Hill Nancy MacIntyre10 episodes
1994–1998 Ellen Ellen Morgan109 episodes; also writer and executive producer
1994 46th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself (co-host)TV special
1995 Roseanne Dr. WhitmanEpisode: "The Blaming of the Shrew"
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Ellen MorganEpisode: "The Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show"
1996–1997 The Larry Sanders Show Herself2 episodes
1996 38th Annual Grammy Awards Herself (host)TV special
1997 39th Annual Grammy Awards Herself (host)TV special
1998 Mad About You Nancy BloomEpisode: "The Finale"
2000Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning [126] HerselfStand-up special
If These Walls Could Talk 2 KalTV movie
2001 Saturday Night Live Herself (host)Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres/No Doubt"
On the Edge [127] OperatorSegment: "Reaching Normal"
Will & Grace Sister LouiseEpisode: "My Uncle the Car"
53rd Primetime Emmy Awards Herself (host)TV special
2001–2002 The Ellen Show Ellen Richmond18 episodes; also executive producer
2003 Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now HerselfStand-up special
2003–present The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself (host)Also creator, writer, and executive producer
2004 The Bernie Mac Show HerselfEpisode: "It's a Wonderful Wife"
Six Feet Under HerselfEpisode: "Parallel Play"
2005 Joey HerselfEpisode: "Joey and the Sex Tape"
57th Primetime Emmy Awards Herself (host)TV special
2007 79th Academy Awards Herself (host)TV special
Sesame Street HerselfEpisode: "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 Herself2 episodes
2017–present Ellen's Game of Games Herself (host)Also creator and executive producer
2018 Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable HerselfStand-up special
2020 One World: Together at Home HerselfTelevision special
iHeart Living Room Concert for America HerselfConcert special
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town HallHerselfTelevision special
2021 Pixar Popcorn Dory (voice) [128] Episode: "Dory Finding" (archive footage)

As producer

YearTitleNotes
2012The Smart One
2014 Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure
2019 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

As executive producer

YearTitleNotes
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–present Green Eggs and Ham [129] 13 episodes
2020 The Masked Dancer

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 9: The Last Resort The Octopus LadyVoice
2003 Finding Nemo Dory
2013Heads Up!Herself
2016 Disney Infinity 3.0 Dory

Music videos

YearTitleArtist(s)RoleRef.
1997"A Change Would Do You Good" (Version 2) Sheryl Crow Taxi Passenger [130]
2018"Girls Like You" (Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions) Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B Herself (cameo) [131] [132] [133]
2019"You Need to Calm Down" Taylor Swift Herself [134]
2020"The Wall Will Fall" Rick Springfield and FriendsHerself [135]

Discography

Albums

YearTitleFormats
1996 Taste This Enhanced CD/Download

Audiobooks

YearTitleFormats
2003The Funny Thing Is...CD/Download
2011Seriously...I'm KiddingCD/Download

Podcasts

YearTitleFormats
2017 Making Gay History Podcast episode; audio recording from 2001

Awards and honors

Bibliography

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