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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. Degeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles, California, on October 4, 2011
Birth name Ellen Lee DeGeneres
Born (1958-01-26) January 26, 1958 (age 58)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Alma mater University of New Orleans
Years active 1978–present
Genres Observational comedy, satire, surreal humor, anti-humor, deadpan
Subject(s) American culture, pop culture, sexuality, current events
Influences Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Steve Martin, Bob Newhart
Spouse Portia de Rossi (m. 2008)
Partner(s) Anne Heche
(1997–2000)
Alexandra Hedison
(2001–04)
Parent(s) Betty DeGeneres
Elliott DeGeneres
Relative(s) Vance DeGeneres (brother)

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (/dˈɛnərəs/; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. Degeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson likened her to Bob Newhart, and invited her for an onscreen chat after her set; DeGeneres was the first female comedian invited by the iconic host to join him for such a discussion, at a time when such an invitation was widely regarded as one of the most influential endorsements available for a comic. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), appeared in 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. Shortly afterward, 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. This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. 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 three books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven. She has won 29 Emmys, 17 People's Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

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