Is Ellen DeGeneres Married, Who Is The Brother – Vance DeGeneres and Family Members?

Ellen DeGeneres is one of a kind celebrity in today’s’ world as she has used her wealth for the greater good for many people. She has served a host of famous awards shows like the Grammy, Primetime Emmy and Academy Awards.

Moreso, she is probably one of the most decorated entertainment personalities around the world and has won various notable awards like the Teen’s Choice, Primetime Emmy as well as a Daytime Emmy award. She has also been awarded the medal of freedom which is the highest civilian honor, given by the President of the United States of America. Here’s more information about the superstar TV personality.

Is Ellen DeGeneres Married?

We love to hear the love stories of our celebrities especially the ones we love. Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most famous celebrities who early acknowledged her sexuality and openly identified as gay. The print media was thrown into confusion and hot column debates when Ellen DeGeneres, one of the nation’s hottest female stand-up comediennes, came out in 1997.

The public revelation was followed by tensed uncertainty for what will become of the comic star’s career as the times did not encourage such audacious proclamation. As expected, it resulted in little or no job offers for Ellen DeGeneres, who slumped into temporary depression but for the support from her close-knit relations.

The multi-award winning comedienne in 1997 entered into her first known relationship with the American actress and producer Anne Heche. However,  the love affair fizzled out in August 2000. This led to her hooking up with the talented actress and photographer, Alexandra Hedison in the same 2000 for 4 years. Though they went their separate ways in 2004, the couple was later featured in an exclusive LGBT news magazine The Advocate.

After Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi met in a social function for the first time, they did not take their relationship further until three years after. That decision has seen them mark a decade anniversary after their marriage in August 2008 in a private ceremony which held in the Beverly Hills, California. The wedding had in attendance about 19 guests including their close family members, friends, and pets.

Portia Lee James DeGeneres is well known for her recurring feature in the television series, Scandal which was aired on ABC station from 2014 to 2017. She has acted in about 17 films and 19 television series to date.

Though there have been a few rumors as to if the beautiful couple would adopt a child of their own, they came out to openly disclaim such rumors, they have, however, adopted a lot of rescue dogs and cats including a dog they refer to as ‘kid’ and they seem contented by this.

Who is Her Brother – Vance DeGeneres?

We could say that humor runs in the DeGeneres family and Ellen DeGeneres is not the only humor merchant in the family as her one and only elder brother, Vance Elliot DeGeneres is also a comedian. Vance, who is 4 years older than Ellen, is an American musician, singer, producer, musician, actor, and screenwriter. He was born in the history-rich New Orleans, Lousiana, on 2nd September 1954.

Vance DeGeneres started out in the US Marine where he served his country for two years and rose to the position of a corporal before he was discharged from service. From then on, the 5 feet 11 inches tall singer pursued a career in the entertainment industry. He became a radio program host for New Wave New Orleans on WRNO-FM, in the ’70s. Along with Chris Luckette, Kevin Radecker, and Bert Smith, Vance formed a rock music band which was famous in the southeastern part of the USA in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

He is also a talented instrumentalist who plays the bass guitar, keyboard among others quite well that he also played for another group called Cowboy Mouth, another New Orleans rock band. They even made an appearance in 2006 in Ellen DeGeneres show to promote their single The Avenue.

He tried his hands in filmmaking as both an actor and film producer; he wrote Mr. Bill and Bowl, Baby Bowl. He is also famous for his role in the Crazy, Stupid Love (2011). He later became a correspondent for the late night talk show, The Daily Show for about two years from 1999 to 2001. Moreso, he helps in the operational running of Carousel Production at Warner Bros and the making of comedy movies at Steve Carell production company. His net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.

He is happily married to the beautiful American author, Joanna Brooks DeGeneres. They had a private intimate wedding in 2013 in Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in the presence of a few close family and friends.

Family Members

Ellen DeGeneres and Vance DeGeneres were both born to Elliot Everett DeGeneres and Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer. Her father made his living as an insurance agent while the mother was a speech therapist. The family lived in parts of Louisiana but they drifted apart when Ellen was 16 years old in 1974 after her parents got divorced.

Ellen DeGeneres
Portia de Lee James, Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer, and Vance DeGeneres image source

Her mother later re-married Roy Gruessendorf who was a salesman. Ellen moved with her mother and step-father to Atlanta while the elder brother remained with his father in New Orleans. Ellen DeGeneres was her mother’s biggest support when she battled with cancer and her mother, in turn, is her daughter’s supporter, and activist for the LGBT community ever since her daughter came public with her sexuality.

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On the other hand, her father Elliot DeGeneres also remarried and kept in touch with his kids though not much is known of his involvement in her adult life. Ellen has said that her father was an overprotective, wonderful and fearful man. He wanted a quiet and nice life for his daughter who blew and became megastar instead. Mr. Elliot DeGeneres passed away in January 2018 at the ripe age of 92 years.

Beautiful to know that this 5 feet 6 inches star, is related to one of the royals, yes you heard me right! Ellen DeGeneres once revealed in her show that she had a family connection with the Duchess of Cambridge – Catherine. Their family tree is said to have been branched through Thomas Fairfax, thus, making Ellen DeGeneres the 15th cousin of the Duchess.


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