Ellen Lee DeGeneres is the most popular contemporary comedian and host of a successful daytime talk show. She started off with stand-up comedy and today has her own syndicated talk show and has even hosted the Academys, Grammys and Primetime Emmys. Beyond comedy and her personal gay orientation, Ellen is respected globally for her caring nature and passion to promote issues and people that are otherwise forgotten.
Date of Birth: January 26, 1958
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
This article is not just about the famous entertainer but about the people who function with her behind the scenes and beyond the camera. Read on as we take you through the birth family and current love life of one of the world’s most powerful women.
Betty DeGeneres (mother)
Date of Birth: May 20, 1930
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Betty was a speech therapist and actress known for Team Knight Rider (1997). After the DeGeneres parents split, Betty earned nothing so raising a daughter was a big struggle then she was on the verge of becoming depressed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was the period when Ellen discovered her innate ability to entertain others. Betty became the first audience as the little Ellen started her comic performances to cheer her mother up and it yielded great results as Mama DeGeneres soon recovered and even remarried Roy Gruessendorf.
Initially Ellen’s look-alike mom was shocked as with the rest of her family when her only daughter announced in 1997 that she was gay. It definitely took some getting used to but now, she is one of the greatest supporters of gay and lesbian relationships. She even wrote a book titled “Love, Helen” that shows how much she understands and loves her homosexual daughter.
Elliott Everett DeGeneres (father)
Date of Birth: June 28, 1925
Date of Death: 8, 9 or 10th of January 2018 (aged 92)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
In 1971, Ellen’s parents divorced and she stayed with her mother while Vance remained with Elliott. Just this year, the name Elliott DeGeneres was everywhere on news tab. He passed away at the ripe old age of 92. According to Ellen, her father was a Christian Scientist who never had medicine his whole life. Though she is sad about the death of her father, she remains grateful that his death was not unexpected and she was able to say her goodbyes to him.
Vance DeGeneres (brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: September 2, 1954
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Ellen is not the only famous DeGeneres as she has a sibling who is now a popular director and producer. According to the funny star, Vance was the funny one while they were much younger but now he’s a Jack of all trades. He joined the Marine Corps and became a corporal; he has been on radio, in the music industry and is now co-running Carousel Productions at Warner Bros. He has been married to Joanna DeGeneres since 2013.
Portia de Rossi (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: August 16, 2008 till present
Date of Birth: January 31, 1973
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
The Australian-American actress was born Amanda Lee Rogers but is known for her professional name Portia. She was first married to documentary film maker Mel Metcalfe then was later in a relationship with director Francesca Gregorini until they broke up in 2004 when she met Ellen. They were backstage at an award show when they met and things quickly heated off from there and within four years, the lovers had tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at their Los Angeles home.
Ellen has no kids
The funny lady’s wife has stated severally that they are both happy being a family of two. DeGeneres might be great with kids especially on her show but she never really wanted children of her own. Luckily, the same goes for Portia who was also never big on the commitment it takes to raise children. They remain best of friends and married life has been so blissful from the start they see no need to bring babies on board. Both lovers have a puppy named Kid and he’s just so adorable.