Ellen DeGeneres is host and an executive producer of NBC's game show "Ellen's Game of Games."
As a beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer, DeGeneres' distinctive comedic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearance through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world.
DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Currently in its 16th season, the show has earned a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 10 for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment crowning it the record holder in this category. In addition, DeGeneres has won 12 Teen Choice Awards and is a 21-time People's Choice Awards winner, making her the most decorated individual in the 44-year history of the franchise.
In 2016, DeGeneres was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama. The prestigious award is the nation's highest civilian honor and was bestowed on DeGeneres for her extraordinary contributions to notable change and progress in the United States. She was also presented with the 15th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2012.
DeGeneres hosted The 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007 and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program category. In 2014, DeGeneres hosted The 86th Annual Academy Awards drawing the telecast's largest audience in 14 years and broke the Internet with her star-studded selfie.
DeGeneres also received critical success for her HBO stand-up specials: "The Beginning," which received two Emmy nominations in 2001, and "Here and Now," which was nominated for two Emmys in 2003. This past summer, DeGeneres returned to her stand-up comedy roots after a 15-year hiatus with a highly-anticipated Netflix comedy special, "Relatable," available December 18th on the streaming platform.
DeGeneres, an accomplished best-selling author, released her first home design book, "Home," in 2015. Additionally, DeGeneres has had three best-selling books: "Seriously… I'm Kidding," which includes a compilation of comedic observations, quotes and stories from her life, "The Funny Thing Is...," and "My Point... and I Do Have One."
DeGeneres' production company, A Very Good Production (AVGP), is producing a wide range of television, including NBC's hit series "Little Big Shots," ABC's comedy "Splitting Up Together," and many more. AVGP will premiere "Green Eggs and Ham" for Netflix later this year. AVGP is also producing the film adaptation of "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase."
DeGeneres has been successful in her feature film work scoring unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, in the blockbuster animated feature "Finding Nemo." The highly anticipated sequel, "Finding Dory," was released in 2016 and set the record for the highest-grossing animated film debut at the domestic box office and surpassed the billion-dollar global box office mark.
DeGeneres' career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on "These Friends of Mine" by ABC. Following the first season, the show was renamed "Ellen." Running from 1994-1998, the show garnered record ratings with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award and earned an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed "Puppy Episode" where her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.
Both on and off screen, DeGeneres' humanitarian efforts take center stage. Earlier this year, DeGeneres established The Ellen Fund, which supports global conservation efforts for critically endangered species. The first initiative of the fund is to build The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The campus will permanently secure the future of wild gorillas in Rwanda by building on successful field conservation efforts, while empowering the people living near the gorillas to thrive in relationship to their own ecosystem. This project gives Ellen the opportunity to carry on the legacy of her hero, visionary scientist Dian Fossey, joining her as a protector and champion of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. DeGeneres has also brought awareness to the anti-bullying issue by creating a PSA titled, "Be Kind." Overall, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has raised over $95 million for various causes.