Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She is best known for hosting her eponymous daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and for her comedic roles in films such as Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), and Mr. Wrong (1996). DeGeneres has hosted the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards, and the Grammy Awards. She is also an LGBTQ rights advocate, a judge on American Idol, and a mentor on So You Think You Can Dance.
DeGeneres began her career in the comedy clubs of New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. She quickly rose to prominence and became a well-known figure in the entertainment industry. In 1994, she was cast in her own sitcom Ellen, which ran for five seasons. The sitcom was a rating success and earned DeGeneres numerous awards and recognition, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 1997, DeGeneres launched her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has since become one of the most popular talk shows in the world. The show has been nominated for dozens of awards and has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. DeGeneres has also used her platform to champion numerous causes, ranging from LGBTQ rights to animal rights.
In addition to her work in television, DeGeneres has starred in a number of films, including Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999). She has also voiced characters in several animated films, including Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004).
DeGeneres has also written two books: My Point...And I Do Have One (1995), and Seriously...I'm Kidding (2011). The former was a best-seller and became a New York Times Best Seller.
DeGeneres has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and multiple People's Choice Awards. She has been praised for her work in LGBTQ advocacy and for using her platform to promote various philanthropic initiatives.
In 2020, DeGeneres launched her lifestyle brand, ED by Ellen, which includes clothing, home decor, and accessories. The brand seeks to “make the world a kinder, more connected place” and encourages people to be their “authentic selves.”
DeGeneres has also been active in philanthropy, supporting causes such as animal rights, environmental conservation, education, and cancer research. She has donated to numerous charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Humane Society of the United States, and Stand Up to Cancer.