Born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres hit it big as a stand-up comedian before starring on her own sitcom, Ellen. In 1997, she came out as gay, and became a staunch advocate of LGBT rights. She has been the host of her own award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003, and married girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2008. Get the complete Details of Ellen DeGeneres Girlfriend Portia de Rossi Wiki, Net Worth and a lot more!
Ellen DeGeneres Wiki Details, Career, Net Worth
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, to an insurance salesman and a working mother who divorced when DeGeneres was a teenager. When she was growing up, DeGeneres dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but she gave up the idea because she was “not book smart.” Instead, she waited tables, sold vacuum cleaners, painted houses and worked as a legal secretary. DeGeneres’s older brother, Vance, an actor/comedian and former correspondent for The Daily Show, was long considered the humorous member of the family. Then once, during a public speaking event, DeGeneres found herself frightened by the crowd and used humor to get through the experience. She was a hit, and received offers to do stand-up comedy. She began performing in 1981, bolstered by her mother’s moral and financial support.
Ellen DeGeneres Girlfriend Portia de Rossi Wiki Details, Family, Net Worth
Australian actress Portia de Rossi was born in 1973, and starred in her first film, Sirens (1994), at age 21. She later moved to California to try and forge an acting career and landed her big break in 1998 when she was cast as the cold-hearted Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal. Other notable TV credits include Arrested Development (2003-06, 2013), playing Lindsay Bluth-Funke, the self-centered sister of Michael, Gob and Buster Bluth. De Rossi is also known for being one half of a Hollywood power couple; she and comedian Ellen DeGeneres wed in 2008.
Actress Portia de Rossi was born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia, on January 31, 1973, to Barry Rogers and Margaret Rogers. Barry died when de Rossi was 9. With Margaret struggling to provide for de Rossi and her brother, the 11-year-old girl embarked upon a career in the entertainment industry, working as a model and an actress in TV commercials.
By the age of 15, she legally changed her name to Portia de Rossi—taking “Portia” from the heroine in the Shakespearean play The Merchant of Venice, and the Italian surname “de Rossi” because it sounded more exotic. De Rossi would later state that her desire to change her name at such a young age may have stemmed from her struggle with her sexual identity.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Love Story, Marriage and other Rumors/ Scandals
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi reportedly first met through mutual friends back in 2001. While sparks didn’t fly initially, Portia felt an intense chemistry upon seeing the talk show host a few years later in 2004. “I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot and she took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and [experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry. My knees were weak,” she revealed in an interview.
They officially started dating after attending VH1’s Big In ’04 Awards show in December 2004. For the next year and a half, the power duo remained strong while keeping their relationship as private as possible. Although there had been even rumors claiming NBC had discouraged the talented comedian from discussing her personal life on the hit daytime program, Ellen made sure to thank her girlfriend after winning Outstanding Talk Show Host at the 2006 Daytime Emmys by proclaiming: “Portia, I love you.”
On May 16th 2008, after the California Supreme Court overthrew the ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen announced on her show that she and Portia were going to make it official and walk down the aisle together. Three months later, on August 16th, the ladies wed in front of 19 guests in an intimate ceremony at their Beverly Hills home.