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Ellen DeGeneres

Highest Rated:   99% Finding Nemo (2003)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mr. Wrong (1996)
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Birthplace:   Metairie, Louisiana, USA
From working on stage, Ellen DeGeneres has been able to translate her success with live performances into a television and a budding movie career. She was born in Metairie, LA, the daughter of two devoutly religious Christian Scientists. Her older brother, Vince DeGeneres, is a screenwriter. Her parents split up when she was 13. Shortly after the divorce, she and her mother moved to New Orleans. It was while trying to ease her mother's depression that DeGeneres discovered a talent for funny business. Following high school graduation in 1976, DeGeneres spent a semester at the University of New Orleans, but dropped out to hone her comedic skills. She won Showtime's Funniest Person in America contest in 1982, then moved to San Francisco, one of the centers for standup comedy. Her signature routine was a telephone call to God that had been inspired by a close friend's accidental death in New Orleans. She used the piece during her debut on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1986. Deeply impressed, Carson invited her to sit upon his couch, an honor that he bestowed upon only the most gifted comics; she was the first female comic to be so honored by him. Afterward, her career exploded with a cross-country tour and a few specials on cable television. In the early '90s, DeGeneres had offers to star in several new sitcoms, including Friends, but she declined and chose to join the cast of the ensemble sitcom These Friends of Mine. It was unsuccessful, but parent network ABC saw potential and overhauled the show, re-naming it Ellen. Largely based on DeGeneres' comedy, the series ran for four seasons, during which time she garnered two Emmy nominations. In 1997, DeGeneres created a stir with hints that her character on the show was gay and would come out of the closet later that season. As by this time the show's ratings were flagging, it was a gutsy move, one made even more titillating to audiences by rumors that DeGeneres herself was gay. Ellen, the character, did indeed come out of the closet at the end of April 1997. The episode generated high ratings and considerable controversy, for it was the first time an openly gay character starred on a television show. At the same time, DeGeneres herself admitted that she, too, was gay. The show centered on gay themes from then out and was cancelled (the network execs blamed low ratings, but DeGeneres supporters suspected other motives) in 1998. DeGeneres would soon be on TV in an even bigger way, however, hosting the massively successful daytime talk show Ellen beginning in 2003. The upbeat show would become well known for its effervescent style and humorous interviews with celebrities, who famously enter the set while dancing. The show would prove a hugely popular staple of daytime TV, and would run for many seasons.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet One World: Together at Home
  • Actor
2020
67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
  • Executive Producer
2019
92% Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2018
94% Finding Dory
  • Dory
$486.3M 2016
No Score Yet Funny Ladies
  • Actor
2004
99% Finding Nemo
  • Dory
$380.6M 2003
57% Pauly Shore Is Dead
  • Herself
2003
No Score Yet Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2
  • Kal
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Paul McCartney & Friends: The PETA Concert for Party Animals
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2000
33% The Love Letter
  • Janet
1999
64% EDtv
  • Cynthia
1999
42% Dr. Dolittle
  • Prologue Dog
1998
29% Goodbye Lover
  • Sgt. Rita Pompano
1998
No Score Yet Real Ellen Story
  • Actor
1998
7% Mr. Wrong
  • Martha Alston
1996
No Score Yet Trevor
  • Actor
1994
35% Coneheads
  • Coach
1993
No Score Yet Wisecracks
  • Actor
1993

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ellen's Game of Games
2017
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Little Big Shots
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways
2019
  • Actor
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 2019
100% Green Eggs and Ham
2019
  • Executive Producer
  • 2019
81% My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
2018-2019
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2019
38% Splitting Up Together
2018-2019
  • Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2019
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet First Dates
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2017
62% The Bachelorette
2003
  • Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2008
20% One Big Happy
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet Repeat After Me
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2014
45% The Academy Awards
1978
  • Actor
  • 2014
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Bethenny Ever After
2010-2012
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2010
68% American Idol
2002-2016
  • Judge
  • Host
  • Judge
  • Appearing
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005-2019
  • Judge
  • 2009
No Score Yet Deal or No Deal
2005-2009
  • Guest
  • Appearing
  • 2008
  • 2007
50% Joey
2004-2006
  • Herself
  • 2005
55% Emmys
1998-2019
  • Actor
  • 2005
  • 2001
81% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Herself
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
  • Herself
  • 2004
54% The Ellen Show
2001-2002
  • Ellen Richmond
  • Executive Producer
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2001
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Sister Louise
  • 2001
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • Actor
  • 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Actor
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
  • Ellen Morgan
  • Producer
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
  • Therapist
  • Guest
  • 1995
0% Laurie Hill
1992
  • Nancy MacIntyre
  • 1992
No Score Yet Open House
1989-1990
  • Margo Van Meter
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet Ellen's Show Me More Show
2017
  • Host
No Score Yet First Dates
2013
  • Executive Producer

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