Is Ellen DeGeneres Married? Her Biography, Real name, Age, Wife and Education

Is Ellen DeGeneres married? Yes, she is. DeGeneres is lesbian and her wife is none other than American actress and model, Portia de Rossi. They dated for a long time and after the ban on same-sex marriage was eliminated, the duo decided to get engaged. Their wedding ceremony was organized at their home in Beverly Hills, California on August 16, 2008.

Their love life is considered one of the popular relationships ever published on the cover of LGBT magazine, The Advocate. The couple currently resides in California with their four lovely dogs and cats. Ellen’s wife filed a petition for changing her name from “Portia de Rossi” to “Portia Lee James DeGeneres.” Scroll down for exploring more interesting information about DeGeneres personal and professional life:


Who is Ellen DeGeneres?

Born as Ellen Lee DeGeneres, she landed the planet on January 26, 1958, which makes her age be 62 years old as of 2020. By profession, she is an American comedian, actress, television host, writer and producer. She is also one of the active LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) activists.

She started becoming the center of attraction after being starred in the ABC network sitcom Ellen which aired from March 29, 1994, to July 22, 1998, for about 109 episodes. Ellen is worldwide popular for her syndicated television talk show entitled “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” which has been aired since September 8, 2003. The show is known for being an Emmy-winning television talk show.


Early Life and Education

The American comedian was born in 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, the United States. She grew up in her hometown with her parents and brother named Vance DeGeneres (born on September 2, 1954). Her parents include Elizabeth Jane (mother) and Elliott Everett DeGeneres (father). Her mother was a speech therapist whereas her father was an insurance agent by profession. Her brother Vance is best known for being an actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician and producer.

Talking about her ethnicity and family background, Ellen carried English, French, Irish and German descent. Being raised as a Christian Scientist, she witnessed her parents getting separation through a divorce in 1974. After her parents’ separation, Ellen’s mother Elizabeth married to salesman Roy Gruessendorf.

She moved with her mother and step-father to Atlanta, Texas from the New Orleans area. However, her elder brother Vance decided to remain with his father. It was revealed that she is the 15th cousin to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they both shared a mutual ancestor named Thomas Fairfax on one of the episodes in her show in February 2011.

Regarding her education and academic achievements, comedian Ellen DeGeneres went to Atlanta High School and completed her graduation from there in May 1976. She also attended Metairie, Louisiana based Grace King High School. For pursuing her higher education, Ellen went to the University of New Orleans and studied by majoring in communication. She started doing clerical work in a law firm with one of her cousins named Laura Gillen and therefore Ellen left her school after one semester.


Career and Professional Life

Ellen is one of the most successful hosts in the American television industry. To reach up to this stage, she has worked hard and gone through several phases of struggles. At first, she worked at department store chain J. C. Penney. She also worked as a waitress at T.G.I. Friday’s and other restaurants. She never hesitated to work hard and was of brilliant nature. She even served as a hostess, bartender and house painter. Most of her comic works are relates to her early life experiences.

Ellen was always passionate about comedian works and started performing at various small clubs and coffee houses as a stand-up comedy. She contributed to Clyde’s Comedy Club in New Orleans as the emcee in 1981. She was highly influenced by Steve Martin and Woody Allen. She initiated her touring in the early 1980s and was also named as the Showtime’s funniest person in America in 1984.


Regarding her film career, Ellen has appeared in numerous movies including the film Coneheads. She became the part of Ellen’s Energy Adventure and starred in series of films starring Bill Nye, Alex Trebek, Michael Richards, and Jamie Lee Curtis. In 1993, she appeared in science fiction comedy film Coneheads as a coach. Following the year, she was featured in Trevor. Her other film credits include Goodbye Lover, The Love Letter, Exploring the Reef, Pauly Shore Is Dead, Finding Dory, Unity, Marine Life Interviews and much more.

More than the movies, Ellen is popular for her television roles. In 1989, she was featured in Duet in the role of Margo Van Meter. She appeared in sitcom Ellen where she also contributed as a writer and executive producer. On September 11, 1994, she co-hosted the 46th Primetime Emmy Awards. Her television comedy talk show was first aired on September 8, 2003, which is still being telecasted.

As an executive producer, she has served for various shows like Bethenny (2012 to 2014), Ellen’s Design Challenge, Splitting Up Together, Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase and much more. One can find her on music videos like Crow’s A Change Would Do You Good (as a taxi passenger) and Girls Like You bu pop-rock band Maroon 5.


Personal Life

Ellen DeGeneres is married to wife Portia de Rossi. Her sexual orientation is lesbian which she first revealed on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1997. Talking about her past relationship, Ellen has encountered a romantic relationship with American actress Anne Heche. The couple couldn’t continue their same-sex relationship or more than 3 years and split in 2000. After the separation with Anne, she became close to Alexandra Hedison.

Both of them were featured on the cover of LGBT magazine The Advocate. This relationship too didn’t last long and after the split, Ellen met Portia de Rossi and started dating her. After the overturn of same-sex marriage in the United States, the couple decided to get engaged and later toed their knot on August 16, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California. Ellen DeGeneres has no son and daughters in her life but is happy with her pets who are like her family members.


Ellen was said to be a vegan and also described herself as a “big animal lover.” Even her spouse is vegan. She also contributed the Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project as campaign ambassador in 2010. Portia de Rossi gifted Ellen a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda in January 2018 for the Digit Fund.

Body Measurements

According to some wiki sites, the American television host stands at the height of 5 feet 7.5 inches. She weighs about 59 kilograms which makes Ellen perfectly balanced as per her height. She looks awesome in her blue eyes and blonde hair. Even at this age of 60’s, she has an appealing body figure of 34-27-35 inches. Her bra size, shoe/feet size and dress size measures 32B, 8 and 4 as per the United States measurement.

Salary and Net worth

DeGeneres has an estimated net worth of 400 million USD. Her massive fortune is mostly contributed by her salary which amounts to around 75 million USD. She has also earned money by representing various products. She is also working as the spokesperson for J. C. Penney. Earlier in November 2004, she appeared in the ad campaign for American Express.

One of the commercials, where Ellen works with animals, won the Emmy Award for the category Outstanding Commercial in 2007. We had seen her in American Idol as a judge in 2010. She is also generating money from her record company Eleveneleven. Till date, Ellen has received numbers of awards in her name including Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, Saturn Award and Annie Award.


Wiki and Facts

The award-winning television host’s biography is maintained on several wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. She is also connected with her fans and well-wishers through her social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Join her on Instagram @theellenshow and on Twitter @TheEllenShow where she has garnered more than 65 million and 90 million followers respectively.

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