Ellen DeGeneres is now one of the worlds well known talk show hosts in the world. She’s well known to the world of comedy as well, and has even provided voice overs for some of Disney’s favourite movies.
Here are some things you may not have known about the star.
1)She’s had some intersting jobs …
Before she broke onto the comedy circuit, Ellen worked in a variety of jobs including a bartender, a paralegal, a vacuum cleaner saleswoman, TGI Friday’s waitress and an oyster shucker in New Orleans.
2) Related to Madonna …
She’s got stardom in the blood. It turns out that Ellen is related to Madonna. Well, I mean she’s only her eleventh cousin, so it’s extremely distant, but still. It’s pretty decent!
3) Her age
She’s SIXTY years old. SIXTY. I’m emphasising this because I was utterly shocked when I found out, but born in 1958, she this year celebrated her 60th. Looking great for your age Ellen.
4) Could have been a Friend
Ellen could have had a very different career path, as she was offered the role of Phoebe on the smash hit sitcom Friends. However, she ultimately declined the role. She also turned down a role in Speed, which in the end was given to Sandra Bullock.
5) Her own show
It transpired she turned down the role of Phoebe, as she was the star of her very own sitcom, Ellen, a show which ran for four years, from 1994-1998. Slight hint of regret for not taking the Friends role somewhere I imagine …
6) Coming out
She actually came out as a lesbian on this very sitcom to Oprah, who was acting as her therapist. Quite a brave feat to come out on television. Good on you Ellen.
7) Happily married
Ellen entered into a same sex relationship with model Portia De Rossi. The pair then married following the eradication of the same-sex marriage ban in Califorina in August 201, at their home in Beverley Hills.
8) She’s A Disney Star
Ellen provided the voice for Dory in both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. The films grossed grossly together around $825,000,000. Writer/director Andrew Stanton revealed he wrote the role of Dory with Ellen’s voice in mind.
9) Tennis, anyone?
DeGeneres is known for her comedy, but is actually also an avid fan of tennis. She played on her high school varsity team. She called out Melanie Oudin on her show for a game, and even reffed a match between Andrew Agassi and Andy Roddick.
10) Award Winning
She’s quite the success story. Her talk show “Ellen” has won a staggering 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. Four of which are Outstanding Talk Show, and three awards for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment.
11) Talent Show Judge
Ellen formed part of the American Idol panel back in 2009, as she replaced Paula Abdul on the panel. She left the show however, after just one season.
12) She’s Vegan
Ellen is an ethical vegan, often discusses her passion for animals. Animal cruelty is something she has campaigned for vigorously. She even intended to open her own vegan tapas bar in LA, however the plans did not materialize
13) She’s a Mark Twain Prize Winner
In 2012 she won the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. “It’s such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder… why didn’t I get this sooner?”
14) Net Worth Is Staggering
Ellen is worth an incredible $360million, with her annual salary for Ellen a staggering $75million a year. Think I’ll have to get into this talk show host malarkey.
15) Stand Up Genius
Ellen’s roots are actually in stand up comedy early in her career, and she was duly named Showtime’s “Funniest Person In America” in 1982, and the 60 year old still has us in stitches today!
16) A Dark Childhood
Ellen had a somewhat troubled upbringing. Her parents split up, and she relocated with her mother to Texas. Her mum battled with breast cancer, all the while she was being molested by her step father. She only told her mother the truth after graduating high school and moving back to her home of New Orleans.