Facts about Ellen DeGeneres

  1. Ellen 2012, she won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. "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?"
  2. Ellen bought one of the ritziest homes in Los Angeles in January 2014 for $39,888,000, according to TMZ. It sits on 2.3 acres. The main house is 13,511 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 9 1/2 bathrooms. It has a pool, pool house, gym, spa, and tennis court.
  3. In 2008, she becomes a CoverGirl and is featured in a series of hilarious ads with fellow covergirl, Sofia Vergara.
  4. She is only the second woman to host the Oscars on her own. The first was Whoopi Goldberg.
  5. She started her own record label, eleveneleven in 2010 as an ode to her love for music.
  6. She and Portia De Rossi have been together since 2004. They married in August 2008 in their home in California. Ellen gave Portia a beautiful 3 carat diamond ring.
  7. Ellen set up a 'Hurricane Katrina' relief fund, that raised seven million dollars.
  8. She wrote The Funny Thing Is... in 2003 and then Seriously...I'm Kidding in 2011.
  9. In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness
  10. In 2009, DeGeneres was named as the replacement for Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol. She left the show after one season.
  11. Her talk show has been a success. The show has won a total of 33 Daytime Emmy Awards, including four for Outstanding Talk Show (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and three for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment (2010, 2011, 2013). She made a hilarious campaign on her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show in which she pleaded with Oprah to be featured on the cover of her magazine. Oprah usually appears alone, except for the cover in April 2009 which featured First Lady Michelle Obama. Oprah finally said yes!
  12. American Express signs DeGeneres as one of its spokespeople for a global ad campaign. Photographer Annie Leibovitz shoots the print ads, and humorous TV commercials feature DeGeneres dancing and working with animal colleagues.
  13. She was the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo."
  14. DeGeneres quickly finds new love with actress/photographer Alexandra Hedison. Ellen's mother approved of the relationship. "As a mother, I'm just happy to see my child happy," Betty says, "so much has happened to Ellen, she's been so devastated," she told the New York Post.
  15. She split with girlfriend Anne Heche after being together for 3 years. Heche is found behaving strangely on the outskirts of Fresno, Calif., and is briefly hospitalized. The following year, she marries cameraman Coleman Laffoon.
  16. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter.
  17. In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on her popular sitcom Ellen to Oprah who was acting as her therapist.
  18. Ellen DeGeneres became an author in 1995 when she penned the comical, "My Point... and I Do Have One."The book climbed to the number one slot on the New York Times bestsellers list. It also stayed on the "Publishers Weekly" bestseller list for 24 weeks.
  19. She began starring in her own sitcom, Ellen, in 1994 and the show ran for 4 years.
  20. She was originally offered Sandra Bullock's role in Speed in 1994.