Ellen Lee Degeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisianna to speech therapist Elizabth Jane ‰ÛÏBetty‰Û Pfiffer and insurance agent Elliot Everett Degeneres. She has one brother, Vance. When her parents divorced at age 13, Degeneres moved with her mother and her mother’s new husband, salesman Roy Gruessendorf to Atlanta, Texas while her brother Vance stayed with their father in New Orleans. Degeneres graduated high school and returned to Louisiana to attend the University of New Orleans to major in communication studies. She left after one semester to do clerical work in a law firm with her cousin. Other jobs she worked included selling clothes at Merry-Go-Round and JC Penny, waitress at TGI Friday’s, bartender, house painter, and hostess. She married actress Portia de Rossi on August 16, 2008.
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2. Income & Salary
Degeneres is a celebrity known for being a comedian, actress, character voice, talk show host, television competition judge, and her as a humanitarian, animal rights activist, and activist for the LGTB (Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual) community. She started out her career as a stand up comedian in coffeehouses and clubs and became the emcee at Clyde’s Commedy Club in New Orleans. She started touring the United States in the early 1980’s and was named ‰ÛÏFunniest Person in America‰Û by Showtime in 1982. She scored her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1986, making her the first comedienne to be invited for an onscreen chat. Degeneres went on to write and act on television shows ‰ÛÏEllen‰Û and ‰ÛÏThe Ellen Show‰Û in the 90’s. It was at this time, at the height of her career, that she came out as a lesbian to the public in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Her character on her sitcom also came out. Ellen has gone on to star in several movies judge on American Idol. She is currently the host of talk show “The Ellen Degeneres Show”. She has won Emmy awards multiple times for each of these categories: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Talk Show, Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, Outstanding Special Class Writing, and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
Ellen Degeneres has an annual salary of $65 million with a net worth of $200 million.