Ellen DeGeneres: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Ellen DeGeneres

Comedian, TV Host, and Author

Ellen DeGeneres is a beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and Emmy-winning actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is the Executive Producer of Ellen's Design Challenge.

In 2003, Ellen DeGeneres became a big hit with daytime viewers with her self-titled talk show, Ellen. Since its inception, the show has won a slew of Daytime Emmy and People's Choice Awards. Also in 2003, DeGeneres lent her voice to the animated box office smash, Finding Nemo, in which she plays a friendly yet forgetful little blue fish named Dory. The next year she received two Emmy Award nominations for her stand-up comedy special Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now.

A unique combination of kind and funny, Ellen DeGeneres became a popular choice to host major awards telecasts. She was tapped to host the Grammys in 1996 and 1997; the Primetime Emmys in 2001 and 2005; and the Academy Awards in 2007 and 2014. Underscoring her popularity, DeGeneres in 2009 was chosen to fill the coveted fourth slot as a judge on American Idol, replacing Paula Abdul.

DeGeneres is the author of several books, including My Point ... And I Do Have One (1995), Seriously ... I'm Kidding (2011), and Home (2015). Her film work slowed after her talk show took off, but she's continued to work mostly behind the scenes as an executive producer of several television shows including Bethenny (2012-2014), Repeat After Me (2015), One Big Happy (2015), Little Big Shots (2015) and her HGTV reality competition show, Ellen's Design Challenge. Most recently, Degeneres returned to the studio for a much-anticipated production of Finding Dory, released in June 2016.

DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first and only time a voice acting won a Saturn Award. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts. Coming out as a lesbian in 1997, DeGeneres is one of the most successful openly gay comedians in America. She is married to actress Portia de Rossi. Both are advocates for same sex marriage.

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