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Ellen DeGeneres Trivia, LGBT Celebrity Trvia

Updated on January 16, 2012
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Ellen DeGeneres is quoted as saying, "I know I am going to be a great judge - because I have spent my whole life being judged."

Her life began in New Orleans, LA in 1958. Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born. Growing up her ambitions leaned towards becoming a veterinarian which did not evolve as expected. So she worked at vacuum sales, waitressing, legal secretary and even painting houses. None of these seemed to keep her interest until she started doing stand-up-comedy and acting; and we all know how this worked out for the Grammy winner Ellen DeGeneres.

Today, she hosts her own top rated talk show while serving as the newest judge on the phenom American Idol talent show that airs on the Fox network. Which brings us to the reason for this article. Gary McCullough, of Christian News-wire has been casting blame on Ellen for the lower ratings of American Idol. He says the reason for the drop is, and these are his words, because Ellen is a lesbian.

McCullough writes a blog in which he wrote, "I am confident that the producers of American Idol will be shocked when their market share has cratered, and will in all honesty find a dozen other reasons for the drop in ratings. After all, what successful television producer could have a clue what wholesomeness is as long as they see promoting homosexuality as virtue."

This guy takes things to the extreme and makes a really sick comparison to Roman Polanski and pro-pedophilia group NAMBLA becoming judges on Dancing with the stars. I don't know what McCullough is thinking, but this kind of rhetoric only causes unnecessary fear. Possibly his own fears are beginning to sneak forward and onto the blog page. Ellen has nothing to be worried about tho, if we take a look at her talk show ratings we see they are so high they are suspended for the lack of gravity. McCullough should take a look around and see the only one missing from the Ellen bleachers is him.

Tilly Mint, Ellen's nick name, became a gay icon when she exited the closet on her 1997 ABC sitcom (1994-1998) "These Friends of Mine" (later named "Ellen" after it's first season) making television history. The show was cancelled the following season due to declining rating. At this point Ellen returned to her roots and hopped back on to the stand-up comedy stage until 2001 when she starred in her own TV series "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on ABC. This suffered from poor ratings and was cancelled rather quickly in the same year.

It wasn't until 2003 that Ellen again hit TV pay-dirt. Her daytime talk show debuted and became a major success from a marketing standpoint as well as a popularity standpoint. Her ratings have been incredibly good proving her to be a super success as well as being rewarded with high praise from the industry biggies. The show boasted 15 Emmy Awards after only three seasons. Along with these credits came another history making TV first, being named the first Outstanding Talk Show within those first three seasons.

Along with her talk show success, Tilly Mint has become a favorite award show host and has hosted the Grammy Awards in '96 & '97. She also hosted the Prime time Emmy Awards in '01 & '05. While in '07 Ellen wore the crown of TV host royalty by being the host of the Oscars!

Ellen DeGeneres interviews John McCain on Gay Marriage Rights (2 min. 58 sec.)

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Personal Life

From 1997 to 2000 Ellen DeGeneres was in an intimate relationship with actress Anne Heche (who was on the soap opera Another World). Heche encountered a very public breakdown during the couples break-up, followed up by a prompt marriage to cameraman Coley Laffoon.

In 2001 until 2004 Ellen was with the beautiful actress/director Alexandr Hedison. After their relationship breakup had been announced (oops!) they graced the cover of The Advocate (otherwise known as the Gay Bible). Ellen didn't stay single for long, as former Alley McBeal, and Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi came into her life that same year. A pink three-carat diamond ring was presented to de Rossi in May of 2008 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . This was after the same-sex ban on marriage had been over turned. The two got hitched on August 16TH, 2008. Both of their mothers were present along with a small group of friends. Because they had been married prior to November 4Th, 2008 the marriage still stands regardless of the efforts of Prop-8 to dissolve all same-sex marriage rights. The two live happily together in Beverly Hills, California to this day with Ellens' estimated net worth around $65+ million.

Ellen and Portia on their wedding day

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If Idol is experiencing a drop in ratings, it would seem the last reason for the fall would be Ellen's presence on the judging panel. The "left wing social activist" who cleverly says "lesbian one-liners" that grab huge laughs from the idol audience because "network television is on a pro-homosexuality bender", (all things McCullough writes in his blog - "Me thinks thou protests too much") is the main reason I have stuck it out with Idol this year. Without Paula's good natured sweetly intended antics and goofy ramblings the show had become somewhat flat leaning towards just plain mean. Something I simply want no part in. With Ellen on the panel I have found the show to offer a more laid back gentle mediation approach and becoming more friendly again. Besides she shows no fear when it comes to contending with Simon. When the New York Times writes that you have "...all but hijacked the show...," and that "there is a power shift playing out on stage" adding "she is the leading candidate for Oprah's throne" I would think you are having a very positive effect on ratings.

Out magazine recently listed the 50 most influentialAmericans. For the purposes of this article I have whittled it down to the top 5. The list might surprise you this year as Ms. DeGeneres and Mr. Frank have switched spots for the #1 ranked influential gay American. So, without further ado, here are your top five most influential gay Americans as depicted in Out magazine.

#5. Adam Lambert

  • The prince of last years Idol ensemble . Lambert's pure professional, wildly entertaining performances have shot him to the number five position. Popping out of the closet amid the shows usually subdued alumni, Adam found himself an instant gay icon. His antics on ABC's Music Awards programming ("he kissed a boy and liked it") caused for the network prudes to rush in and declare his frank stage show unacceptable...but most of us just stood up and cheered him on! When all was said and done, Mr. Lambert held the top spot for best selling Rolling Stone cover of 2009 and the #5 position on our influential gay American list. Well done my boy!

#4. Rachel Maddow

  • The Washington Post asked Ms Maddow whether she is biased regarding questions on gay issues like gays in the military. She strongly responded, "I can't do the show as a non-gay person. I don't have that opinion." Absolutely brilliant!She has topped CNN's Larry King in ratings but her ratings have declined some since the Obama campaign, yet she is still the strongest and most reasonable speaker on liberal issues. Openly out and anchoring her own show, Rachel takes on the tea party with vigor. This makes her place on the list as solid as is her gay pride.

#3. Anderson Cooper

  • Anderson and his partner New York club owner Benjamin Maisani, have stopped rumors that they had planned to adopt a Haitian child. The rumor gained ground as Mr. Cooper steadfastly reported on the Haitian earthquake. His obvious emotional attachment to the disaster brought to the table the adoption issue. The sturdy demeanor usually shown by Cooper seemed to be missing during his Haitian reporting. Which may just prove what a great humanitarian Anderson is rather than a frazzled gay parent-to-be.

#2. Barney Frank

  • As Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Mr. Frank has always been , well, frank on any topic. He has been known to cross party lines speaking against the Health Care bill and other top partisan issues. Remaining fearless and holding the highest political office of any out-gay-politician he proves to be deserving of the title. With progressive thinking and social awareness Frank has been worthy of his past #1 spot on this list only to be dethroned by the queen herself, last years #2 on the list Ellen DeGeneres!

#1. Ellen DeGeneres

  • 12-time Emmy winner, talk show guru, CoverGirl and Amex spokesperson, Ellen DeGeneres grabs the #1 spot on our list of the most influential gay Americans! Replacing Paula Abdul as an American Idol judge in February, Ellen now appears on two of the highest ranking shows on TV. Multi-millions of viewers watch her at every chance they get. Since Oprah decided to end her show at the end of 2011, it is unknown just how high Ms DeGeneres popularity can rise. Her social awareness pertaining to "don't ask, don't tell", and equal rights for gay marriage bring her to the four-front of these important issues. She also has a strong alliance with animal rights. Her wife (Portia de Rossi) and her live with two dogs and three cats and are both staunch vegans. Tilly Mint has proven time and time again just how worthy she is to grace the top of the list, and to be referred to by many gay/lesbian people as "our leader." We are all graced to have her on our team and playing in the #1 position!

DeGeneres Quotes

  1. On hosting the Emmys after the 9/11 tragety (Nov. 4, 2001): "We're told to go on living our lives as usual, because to do otherwise is to let the terrorists win, and really, what would upset the Taliban more than a gay woman wearing a suit in front of a room full of Jews?"
  2. "What goes up must come down, which is why I don't wear tube tops."
  3. "Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come."
  4. "My Grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is."



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    Stephanie 5 years ago from New York

    I love Ellen, she is so open and free. She is an inspiration to us all. Thanks for sharing a bit of her life with us. Voted up!

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    neeshal 5 years ago

    omg ellen you are a true inspiration too me and i really wanna meet you one day i hope to i really need you

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    mtkomori~Thanks for stopping by for a little celebrity trivia today. I am very glad Ellen D. got out of the Idol spot light. She never quite had the heart or the mean streak to be brutally honest with the competitors. I appreciate your comments!


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    mtkomori 5 years ago from Yokohama, Japan

    I like Ellen and her show a lot. She did seem uncomfortable serving as judge on American Idol, from what I can see from the footages she's introduced during her show. Didn't know that she was "blamed" for the declining ratings. Also, I think she won the Emmy's and not the Grammy's...

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    sxc-skye~Thank you for your comments. I agree, Ellen is awesome and I for one am very glad to on the same team. Off topic--I think South Africans have the most delightful accents of any! I appreciate you stopping by for a read.


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    sxc-skye 6 years ago from South Africa

    I simply adore Ellen!! She is not only admired and respected by the gay community in America but also here in South Africa. I am a proud South African....and also a proud lesbian who is more than happy to have Ellen playing the #1 position on our team =)

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    rosariosblog~Thanks for stopping by for a read! I appreciate your kind comments. It's Ellen after all, and who doesn't like a sweet natured, strong, smart, and funny woman like her?


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    rosariosblog 6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

    Nellieanna I agree with your thoughts on this. K9keystrokes, great hub. Easy to like just like Ellen.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Granny's House~Thank you fro stopping by to read. Ellen is awesome in just about every way. A very sincere and gracious woman with the backbone of a skyscraper!

    I appreciate your comments very much!


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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Great hub about a great and kind women. I love Ellen and have been following her for years.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Nellieanna~ You have a backbone that can been viewed from space! I am often amazed by the un-brave who stand balanced on a beam waiting for a powerful voice to tip them to one side or the other. You my dear are firmly planted in a position of courage and grace. I doubt I will ever find as sincere a beating heart as that found within the chest of one who sees humans as that which they are, and loves them regardless. I bow to your wisdom.

    SilverGenes~ Thank you soooo much for the link! I can hardly wait to get there! You rock!

    ~always choose love~

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    SilverGenes 6 years ago

    Here's the link to the hub I mentioned above. He's new to Hubpages and a really good satirical writer:

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    Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

    For someone to despise and malign another person for his/her PERSONAL preferences is the antithesis of the principles and tenets claimed, things like hope, faith and love. There's no support for hatred, cruelty and self-righteousness in those original teachings.

    I wouldn't like it if my personal heterosexual preference were to be maligned by those of a different persuasion in that way and I doubt if that person maligning Ellen's would like his to be either.

    As to the facets of Ellen's public life which are subject to public opinion, I can say that mine is that she's a delightfully great entertainer whose kindness, humoour, good will and example of the best of principles of fairness and generosity are shining examples of those principles. What's not to love?

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    Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

    It's truly absurd that someone can despise a fine, talented, kind person on the basis of the person's PRIVATE personal preferences. If someone who's do that were true to the ideals and TRUE messages of major religious tenets claimed, things like hope, faith and love,this would have to be a nonissue. Hatred, cruelty and self-righteousness are definitely not the tenets on which it was originally based, but perhaps that's been forgotten.

    I wouldn't want to be hated for being heterosexual because it is my personal sexual preference, as I doubt the person who loudly hates Ellen for hers would prefer to be hated for his. In reality it is in the same category of personal choice and rights as Ellen's and any other gay's is within the personal choice domain.

    As for every other facet of Ellen's life which are legitimate areas for public opinion, mine is that she's a gifted entertainer, and a great personality whose generosity and good will help and inspire others. What's not to love?

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    SG~ I agree Ellen is whimsical and kind with an edge to her unusual humor. She has made me laugh for many years. Thanks for the read my friend!

    SilverGenes~Wow. I would really like to read this new hubbers article. I will have to look around for it. With the whole prop 8 issue and trial getting close to completion the bedrooms of gay and lesbians have been kicked open and brought to the center of the issue. I have never understood the hate and cruelty that follows this subject. Humans are social beings, we are meant to love one another. So it does bring to the floor the question why so much hate? If we could take the time to understand one another and not simply alow our fears to be made into facts, possibly a greater understanding would occur? Just sayin'....

    Koffeeklatch gals~ Love this response! Ellen is so very talented and offers many lessons in diplomacy and human kindness. If only more were like her! Thank you for the read!

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Gay or not gay - what do I care? All I know is Ellen is an incredibly talented woman. Great hub.

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    SilverGenes 6 years ago

    I'm not sure what all these people are doing in other people's bedrooms. I was shocked about what you relayed about Gary McCullough's statements. I read an interesting hub today by a new writer. He says the Christian Right may have to find a new leader - according to their own standards, Jesus is anti-American :)

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    schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

    I enjoy ellen's humor and have watched her tv show :)

    Very in depth article for sure! Enjoyed the pics too!

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Cosette~ His confidence is remarkable to say the least. But, some of us are just born with grace and I imagine this to be the case with our hot little Adam. He is beautiful and very comfortable within his skin.

    SteveoMc~ Glad you have the heart of a giant. Your friends are blessed to have you in their circle! You are the kind of guy I want to hand out with! Thanks for the read Steveo!

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    SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Damn, I had no idea about a couple of those people on the list. I must be living under a rock. Or, maybe that is a good sign, gayness just plain does not matter that much anymore. I think that is wonderful because it should not matter. I have had a lot of friends in my lifetime and I am fortunate to have several gay friends and I love them. They are wonderful people and I love hanging out with them.

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    cosette 6 years ago

    oh is a born entertainer! i have to wonder where he got all that confidence. he ROCKS! :)

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Cosette~ Yea, it is a shame when narrow minds strike out. I strongly disagree with just about everything McCullough says. Guess I lack the esoteric understanding to find any other outcome. However I am ecstatic that he has the right to say it and that I have the right to disagree! It is a beautiful thing.

    Ellen is truly a class act and our dear Adam is an entertainment genius! I hold so much love for them both.

    I am once again humbled that you stopped by and took in my words.

    Your iPod hubs are really cool by the way!

    ~Always choose love~

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    cosette 6 years ago

    is that Gary McCullough guy crazy?? omg haha....Ellen's sexual persuasion had nothing to do with American Idol slowing down. in fact, she is part of what made it so fun to watch! she was professional and kind, and her critiques of each contestant were gracious, tactful and encouraging. to try to paint her as some fiend is beyond ridiculous. on another note, she is HYSTERICAL! hee hee i love watching her stand-up shows...she is a comic genius.

    America loves Ellen, no matter what narrow-minded people like that guy think.

    p.s. LOVE me some Adam Lambert! that dude has TALENT and charisma. i didn't know he was gay but who cares? he still makes my heart flutter.

    great topic K9.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Thank Pamela~ She is a very funny gal! Truly a nice person and a genius business mind. Thank you for reading the hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    This is a well written interesting article. Ellen is so funny and very talented.

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