Ellen is one of the most well-known comedians of our day, and her talk shows The Ellen Degeneres Show has contributed to her fame over the past decade.
Over the many years that the show has aired, it has garnered more than 80 honors. Ellen is not just a comedian, but also a writer, producer, and actress.
Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on January 26, 1958. Her mother was a speech therapist, but her father was an insurance agent. Her brother Vance is a musician and record producer.
Her parents split in 1974, and her mother remarried and relocated from New Orleans to Atlanta, Texas with Ellen and her new husband.
Ellen moved back to New Orleans after graduating from Atlanta High School in 1976 to attend the University of New Orleans.
She left school after one semester in order to accept a clerical position at a legal company. She was also employed at J.C. Penney, TGIFridays, as a house painter, hostess, and bartender.
Ellen began doing her stand-up comedy routines in coffee houses and tiny clubs during the years when she was working odd jobs. By 1981, Ellen was the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans.
In the early 1980s, she began touring the country with her stand-up routine. In 1984, Showtime dubbed her the Funniest Person in America. In 1989, she received her first regular television role on the Fox sitcom “Open House.” In 1992, she was cast in the incredibly short-lived sitcom Laurie Hill.
ABC hired DeGeneres in their upcoming pilot, “These Friends of Mine,” because the producers were so impressed with her. In its second season, the show was renamed to “Ellen.”
In April 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Ellen” was at its most popular. Her character on the show came out to her therapist, portrayed by Oprah Winfrey, at the same time.
Due to ABC’s reduced promotion of the show, “Ellen” was canceled in May 1998 due to declining ratings.
Once her series was canceled, DeGeneres returned to the stand-up tour. She reemerged in 2001 with “The Ellen Show,” a 13-episode CBS sitcom that was canceled. She provided the voice of Dory in “Finding Nemo” in 2003. She reprised this role in “Finding Dory” (2012).
The debut of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” occurred in the fall of 2003. Today, it is one of the most-watched daytime television talk shows.
The show won 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons alone. On May 1, 2009, Ellen celebrated her 100th episode. Her 2000th performance was in December 2015.
In 2010, DeGeneres joined “American Idol” as a judge. She replaced Paula Abdul. She quit after one season, stating that the position “didn’t feel right for me.”
In the 2017-2018 television season, DeGeneres began hosting “Ellen’s Game of Games” on NBC, a game show that expands on the games played on her talk show. Additionally, DeGeneres has hosted the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars.
Net Worth of Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and talk show host with a net worth of $500 million.
She is best known for the sitcom “Ellen,” which she produced and broadcast from 1994 to 1998, and the syndicated talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which lasted from 2003 to 2021.
Her syndicated show made her extremely wealthy by Hollywood standards. At her peak, Ellen made over $60 million from her talk show alone.
DeGeneres’ annual compensation is between $75 million to $90 million. For example, Ellen made $80 million between June 2018 and June 2019 from her many efforts.
Who is Ellen Degeneres Dating?
Currently, Ellen DeGeneres is married to Portia de Rossi. Since they began dating in 2004, the couple has been together for about 17 years, 7 months, and 29 days.
The American TV Host was born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. Ellen DeGeneres, who featured in the 1990s sitcom Ellen, is now the host of the famous talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She has appeared in films including Mr. Wrong, EDtv, and The Love Letter, and she voices Dory in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. The next year, she began dating actress Anne Heche. They were together till August of 2000.
DeGeneres was linked to actress Alexandra Hewson from 2000 through 2004. She began dating actress Portia de Rossi in 2004. They were married at their home in Beverly Hills, California, in August 2008.
Ellen and Portia are vegetarians. For Ellen’s 60th birthday in January 2018, Portia de Rossi erected a permanent gorilla habitat in Rwanda in her name for the Digit Fund. This donation was made as part of the Digit Fund’s new Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi are serial house flippers. Since 2003, the pair has purchased and sold over twenty residences. DeGeneres and de Rossi sold residences for a total of $6.98 million, $15.5 million, and $23 million in 2019.
Summary of Their Most Noteworthy Purchases and Sales
DeGeneres purchased a $6 million mansion in the Hollywood Hills in 2003. Three years later, she sold the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home to Will Ferrell for $9 million.
2004: she paid $1.275 million for a midcentury-style Hollywood Hills property with 2,000 square feet of outdoor living spaces and the moniker “the treehouse.” A year later, she sold the two-bedroom, two-bathroom property to the late actor Heath Ledger for $2.1 million.
DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased a California property in Montecito for $15.75 million in 2007. The property was sold for $20 million in the same year.
The couple paid $29 million for a 9,200-square-foot residence in Beverly Hills in 2008 and subsequently purchased two neighboring properties to include in the estate. They were married at this location.
By 2012, they had sold the property for $37 million to Ryan Seacrest. In the same year, DeGeneres paid $8.5 million for a horse property in Thousand Oaks, California. After remodeling the home, she sold it for $10.85 million in 2013.
The couple purchased the former Malibu mansion of Brad Pitt for $12 million in 2011. A year later, they sold it for $13 million.
They purchased the Brody House in Holmby Hills for over $40 million in 2012 and then sold it to Sean Parker for $55 million six months later. In the same year, the couple paid $13.2 million for two nearby Los Angeles condominiums. Three years later, the residences were sold for $11.8 million.
They purchased a four-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion for $16 million in 2015 and sold it for $35 million three years later.
In 2018, they paid $15 million for a Beverly Hills property. Less than a year later, they sold the five-bedroom home for $15.5 million, saying farewell.
In the same year, they purchased a Santa Barbara ranch for $6,7 million. One year later, they sold it to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins for $6.98 million.
In 2018, they also purchased a Bali-inspired property in Montecito, California for $27 million. Soon after the purchase, they paid $1,950,000 for the adjacent property. They offered the property for sale in October 2020 for $40 million. A month later, they accepted an offer of $33 million.
The pair purchased a five-bedroom, 12-bathroom property in Beverly Hills from Adam Levine for $45 million in 2019. They sold this home for $47 million in April of 2021.
Ellen and Portia purchased the property of comedian Dennis Miller in Montecito, California for $49 million in November of 2020. The price paid for the 4-acre property came close to setting a local record.
Ellen and Portia paid $14.3 million in May 2021 for a ranch in Montecito that they had previously held from 2017 to 2018. Immediately following the acquisition, they spent $12 million on the property next door.
In September 2021, Ellen and Portia purchased a Beverly Hills property for $8.5 million. The Dennis Miller property, which they had held for exactly one year, was sold for $55 million two months later.
In other words, they earned $6 million during their 12-month ownership of the home. They did not make any significant renovations.
Ellen and Portia spent $21 million in February 2022 for a Montecito property known as “Villa Tragara.” On the 2.5-acre site, there is a 12,000-square-foot home. Ellen and Portia acquired yet another Montecito property for $13.5 million in April 2022.