30 interesting facts about Ellen DeGeneres

  1. Ellen DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedienne, television hostess and actress.
  2. Her birthday is January 26, 1958.Ellen DeGeneres
  3. In 2007, Forbes ranked DeGeneres' net worth to be $65 million.
  4. Ellen revealed she would like to travel to Australia for Christmas 2008 in order to spend time with partner Portia's family.
  5. Ellen hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and is also a judge on American Idol, having joined the show in its ninth season.
  6. Ellen worked both as a bartender and a paralegal.
  7. Ellen DeGeneres won a 2007 Daytime Emmy award in the category of "Outstanding Talk Show Host" for The Ellen Degeneres Show.
  8. Ellen's religion is Christian Science.
  9. Ellen likes to work out on an elliptical machine while watching Animal Planet.
  10. Ellen DeGeneres loves tennis.
  11. Ellen says she's very impatient.
  12. Ellen collects antique mirrors.
  13. Ellen's first interview with the gay press was on March 14, 2000, it was with The Advocate.
  14. Ellen's sometimes difficult life inspired her to use humor as a coping device.
  15. Ellen DeGeneres played the first gay lead character on TV ever. Appearing on her show, Ellen as gay secured her that place in TV history.
  16. The Ellen Degeneres Show won Best Talk Show at the Daytime Emmy's (2004) in it's freshman year. It's the only talk show to do so.
  17. She celebrated her 25 years of comedy on her show in 2006.
  18. Her mom, Betty is regulary sitting in the audience on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
  19. Ellen's father, Elliot is/was an insurance salesman. Her mother, Betty is/was a real-estate agent.
  20. Ellen DeGeneres is an active PETA member.
  21. Ellen came out as being gay on her show Ellen in 1997. That episode, named "The Puppy Episode", recorded a record high, 45 million viewers.
  22. Ellen set up a 'Hurricane Katrina' relief fund, that raised seven million dollars.
  23. Ellen is known for dancing through her audience at the beginning of every show, creating a festive, party-type atmosphere for her Talk show.
  24. Ellen's first comedy job was in 1981, she emceed at Clyde's Comedy Club, where she started to record her stand-up performances.
  25. Ellen DeGeneres worked the following jobs before she started comedy: vacuum sales, bartender, waitress, retail clerk, house painter, and oyster shucker.
  26. She and her brother were raised as Christian Scientists until her parents divorced when she was thirteen.
  27. Ellen DeGeneres is of French, Irish, English and German descent.
  28. She was voted "Funniest Person in America" in 1982 and "Best Female Club Standup" at the Comedy Awards in 1991.
  29. She and Portia De Rossi have been together since 2004. They married in August 2008.
  30. Ellen DeGeneres is 5' 7".