Ellen DeGeneres is an entertainer who has succeeded on several show business fronts – comedian, actress, author and, most recently, popular daytime talk show host.
DeGeneres, 54, is one of the few performers who has successfully made the transition to the talk show arena: In September 2012, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was set to start its ninth season after a recent Daytime Emmy win for talk show. In addition to hosting, DeGeneres is also executive producer of the series, which is distinguished by her easygoing conversational manner and her daily dance into the audience that kicks off the show.
Starting off as a stand-up comic in the early 1980s, she saw her career steadily rise and gained national recognition in 1986 when she became the first female comedian to be summoned to “The Tonight Show” couch by host Johnny Carson after her first performance. Acting roles on sitcoms such as Fox’s “Open House” and ABC’s “Laurie Hill” led to a role on ABC’s “These Friends of Mine,” which was renamed “Ellen” after the first season. The series, which ran from 1994 to 1998, is best known for its 1997 “Puppy Episode” in which her character came out as a gay woman. That revelation echoed DeGeneres’ personal life.
After the end of “Ellen,” DeGeneres starred in the CBS sitcom “The Ellen Show” from 2001 to 2002. She was also executive producer and star of HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”
The performer has also emerged as one of show business’ most durable awards show hosts: DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, and has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards three times. She also hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1997.
Other acting credits include “EDtv” and the voice of Dory the fish in the Disney-Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo.” She also served as a judge on “American Idol” during its ninth season in 2010.
In 2008, DeGeneres married actress Portia de Rossi.