Beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres' distinctive
comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances
through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world.
Ellen DeGeneres has made a home for herself in the daytime arena with her hit
syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The show, now entering its eighth
season has recently won the Daytime Emmy® for “Outstanding Talk Show.” The show
has earned a total of 31 Daytime Emmy® Awards during its seven seasons. Additionally,
DeGeneres has won eleven People’s Choice Awards and most recently, DeGeneres won
the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Comedian” and for the second year in a row the
“Choice Twit” award. DeGeneres also won the Johnny Carson Producers of the Year
Award in Variety Television from the Producers Guild in 2005 and 2006. Additionally,
the show has won a Genesis Award and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was launched in September 2003 to great success
and critical acclaim. In its freshman year, the show won four Daytime Emmys, including
Outstanding Talk Show, after garnering a record twelve nominations.
DeGeneres announced in May 2010, that she was starting a record label that she
named, eleveneleven. DeGeneres and Telepictures are partners in this new venture,
which will find new acts and platform them on the talk show with the first release of 12-
year-old Internet singing sensation, Greyson Chance.
DeGeneres has been included in Forbes top five “Most Influential Woman in
Media” and was voted “Best Daytime Talk-Show Host” by Parade.com readers. In
addition, DeGeneres has been voted “Favorite TV Personality” by The Harris Poll’s annual
favorite television star list beating out Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno. DeGeneres was
included in MSNBC’s “Power players who shape your TV habits.” DeGeneres also was
honored with Television Week's Syndication Personality of the Year and voted number one
in Oxygen’s “50 Funniest Woman Alive” special in the company of such comedic legends
as Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin and has been included in Time magazine’s 100 most
DeGeneres made magazine history when she became second person to share the
cover of “O” Magazine with Oprah Winfrey. The “Holiday” December 2009 issue featured
four unique covers and was one of the best selling issues in the magazine’s history.
DeGeneres also served as the fourth judge on “American Idol” during its ninth
season. The judging panel included, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi.
Most recently, DeGeneres became the face and spokesperson for vitaminwater zero.
The on-going national print and commercial campaign launched in February 2010.
In 2008, DeGeneres became the newest face for CoverGirl. The national print and
commercial campaign for Simply Ageless Foundation premiered in December 2008. The
campaign continued when DeGeneres launched Simply Ageless Serum Primer and
Foundation with a new print and commercial campaign in December 2009.
DeGeneres also hosted four one-hour variety specials for TBS. The specials feature
performances by top talents from the worlds of comedy and music. DeGeneres most
recently hosted her fourth TBS special, Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special as part of “A
Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs” in Chicago. The special was hosted from the
famous Chicago Theater with guests including, Grammy®-winning group Lady Antebellum
and DJ Nick Cannon. The highly reviewed special aired on TBS.
DeGeneres had the honor of hosting the highly rated 79th Annual Academy
Awards and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Individual
Performance In A Variety or Music Program. This follows her 2005 stint hosting the
Primetime Emmy® Awards, which marked her third time hosting the show. Her
performance hosting the 2001 award show garnered her rave reviews for providing a
perfect balance of wit with heartfelt emotion to the post-September 11th telecast audience.
DeGeneres won an American Comedy Award for her inaugural effort hosting the show in
1994. Additionally, DeGeneres co-hosted "American Idol's" very successful "Idol Gives
Back" special that raised money for children in extreme poverty in America and Africa.
In addition to her stints hosting the Oscars and the Primetime Emmy® Awards,
DeGeneres served as host for an array of industry events including the 38th and 39th
Annual Grammy Awards, for which she earned an Emmy® nomination.
DeGeneres partnered up with American Express in 2005 where she appeared in
their ad campaign "My Life, My Card," including a national commercial and a print
campaign. DeGeneres currently appears in new campaign entitled “Are You A Card
Member?” The national commercial partners DeGeneres with pop sensation Beyoncé
Knowles. DeGeneres also appears in the print campaign shot by famed photographer
Annie Leibovitz. In addition, DeGeneres appeared in the national commercial which was
perfectly suited for the animal loving DeGeneres, who got a chance to work with coworkers
including a tortoise, a giraffe and penguins as part of their campaign “My Life
Goal: to work with animals” which won a Primetime Emmy® Award.
Prior to the launch of her talk show, DeGeneres scored simultaneous
achievements on stage, film and in the literary world. She enjoyed unprecedented popular
and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short term memory, in
the blockbuster animated feature film, “Finding Nemo.” At the same time, DeGeneres
crossed the country on a 35-city stand-up comedy tour, entitled the “Here and Now” tour.
Her stop at the famed Beacon Theater in New York was turned into an HBO special and
was subsequently nominated for two Emmys. Finally, in October, Simon & Schuster
published DeGeneres' second book, The Funny Thing Is…., comprised of the author's
comedic short stories and essays. The book hit the New York Times' Bestseller list upon
its release. In 2005, DeGeneres was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy
Album for the audio version of the book. Her first book, My Point…And I Do Have One,
published in 1995, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
DeGeneres’ career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of
New Orleans, which led to national recognition in 1982 when her videotaped club
performances won Showtime’s “Funniest Person In America” honor. When DeGeneres
moved to Los Angeles she filmed her first HBO Special, “Young Comedians Reunion,”
then in 1986 “Women of the Night.” That same year, DeGeneres scored a first by
becoming the first female comedian to be summoned by Johnny Carson to sit down with
him after her performance. In 1989, DeGeneres received a Cable Ace nomination for her
“Command Performance: One Night Stand” special. She was also named “Best Female
Stand-Up” at the 1991 American Comedy Awards.
DeGeneres began her acting career in television on Fox’s sitcom, “Open House.”
She moved on to ABC’s “Laurie Hill,” prior to being offered a part on “These Friends of
Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from
1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy®
nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997 DeGeneres was the
recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy® for writing the
critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode” when her character came out as a gay woman to a
record 46 million viewers. DeGeneres followed with the CBS sitcom, “The Ellen Show,”
which ran from 2001 to 2002.
In the course of producing and starring in “Ellen,” DeGeneres received numerous
accolades including The People’s Choice Award in 1995, two Golden Globe nominations
and two Screen Actors Guild nominations. Other television credits include Executive
Producing and starring with Sharon Stone in the Emmy® nominated “If These Walls
Could Talk II” for HBO as well as a guest appearance on the “Larry Sanders Show,” for
which she received another Emmy® nomination.
DeGeneres’ feature film credits includes “EDTV” for director Ron Howard, “Mr.
Wrong,” “The Love Letter” for Dreamworks, New Regency’s “Goodbye Lover,” and
Both on and off screen, DeGeneres’ humanitarian efforts take center stage.
DeGeneres is passionate about bringing awareness to the people of New Orleans, her
hometown, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and her efforts have resulted in
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" raising over 10 million dollars to improve the lives of New
Orleans residents. Overall, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has raised over 50 million
dollars and brought attention to various causes, including global warming and animals.
Additionally, DeGeneres continues to raise awareness about breast cancer, and served as
spokesperson for General Mills’ breast cancer awareness initiative, Pink for the Cure, and
hosted special episodes of her show to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Since she was first nationally recognized in 1982 as a comedian in New Orleans,
Ellen’s many contributions to the entertainment industry have earned her numerous
accolades including a Golden Apple Award as Female Discovery of the Year from the
Hollywood Women’s Press Club; a Lucy Award honoring women in Television and
Film, as well as an Amnesty International Award.