Ellen DeGeneres is host and an executive producer of NBC's new 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 15th 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 she is a 20-time People's Choice Awards winner, making her the most decorated individual in the 43-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 upon 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. Earlier this year, DeGeneres announced that she will be returning to her stand-up comedy roots after a 15-year hiatus with a highly anticipated Netflix comedy special set to be released in 2018.
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. Its hit NBC series "Little Big Shots" is entering its third season and has spawned the spin-off "Little Big Shots: Forever Young." AVGP will premiere two additional shows in 2018, "Splitting Up Together" for ABC and "Green Eggs and Ham" for Netflix. AVGP is also developing feature films at Warner Bros., Disney, Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate.
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 to 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 "The Puppy Episode," in which 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. DeGeneres brought awareness to the anti-bullying issue by creating a PSA titled "Be Kind." Overall, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has raised more than $50 million for various causes, including global warming and breast cancer awareness.