When you have the Presidential Medal of Freedom added to the feathers on your cap, you must be doing something right. Ellen DeGeneres knows this much as she clinched the prestigious honor in 2016 for her long-time contributions to the entertainment industry where she has plied her trade for over forty years, and also for her positive impact in the nation. Her smooth sense of humor has endeared her to millions of fans across the world and also ensured her success in her career endeavors. Asides being the talk show host we all love to watch, Ellen is also a comedian, actress, writer, and producer, all of which she has done pretty well in. Going by the fact that she has been entertaining different audiences since the 1970s, her teeming fans often ask how old Ellen DeGeneres is.
The question often stems from the fact that the lovable TV host does not seem to obey the laws of aging and has managed to look youthful as the years roll by. Asides her age, Ellen DeGeneres’ marital life is also an interesting part of her life which will be discussed below. Enjoy the read!
How Old Is Ellen DeGeneres?
Her birth was recorded on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana. Her parents are Elizabeth Jane – a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent; sadly, her parents got divorced in 1974. Ellen has a brother named Vance, a musician, and producer with whom she shares her French, English, German, and Irish heritage.
When Ellen turned 61 in 2019, she was commended for looking like a woman still in her forties. Interestingly, Ellen has used her years judiciously by building a legacy that won’t go unnoticed in years to come. She started as a stand-up comic and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1986. She then extended her talent to the film industry and appeared in a few projects in the 1990s, some of which include Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999).
In the early 2000s, Ellen DeGeneres gave voice to the endearing character of Dory in the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003) and later reprised the role in the sequel Finding Dory (2016). She earned a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Finding Nemo, a first for a voice actor.
The talented comedian then appeared as a judge on American Idol‘s ninth season in 2010 and has equally hosted the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards as well as the Grammy Awards. As a writer, she has four books to her name and as a producer, she is the owner of a record company, Eleveneleven and a production company, A Very Good Production.
Entertainment isn’t the only thing she has her hands on. She runs a lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, under which she produces a collection of clothing, accessories, home, baby, and pet items.
Award bodies have shown Ellen some well-deserved love for her endeavors; she has stashed up 30 Emmys and 20 People’s Choice Awards, among several others.
Ellen DeGeneres is also big on charity and has left an indelible mark on several quarters for her humanitarian activities.
How Long Has Ellen DeGeneres Been Married?
Ellen DeGeneres is an out and proud lesbian, a revelation she made in 1997. Her coming out process wasn’t an easy one, even though she seems to be living her best life now with her wife. Since she was already in the spotlight when she shared her sexual orientation with the world, American tabloids devoured her and as expected, the media coverage wasn’t kind on her career but DeGeneres trumped all that. She also found a way to make her mother, Betty DeGeneres, accept her for who she is, although the revelation initially shocked her out of her wits. Betty is currently an active member of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
After coming out of the closet, Ellen dated actress Anne Heche but the relationship ended in 2000 after which she found love again with Alexandra Hedison but that didn’t last either.
In 2004, Portia de Rossi came into her life and has stayed with her since then. The duo dated for a while and when the same-sex marriage ban in California was overturned, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi got engaged. Their wedding was later held in August 2008 at their Beverly Hills, California home.
Ellen has been married to the Australian beauty for more than ten years and they live happily with their four dogs and three cats.