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Ellen DeGeneres named most powerful gay celebrity

April 15th, 2014 6:20pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay celebrity in the US.
The 56-year-old talk show host, who is married to 'Arrested Development' actress Portia de Rossi, secured the top spot on Out magazine's 2014 Power List, an annual ranking of the most influential LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) voices in American culture.
Announcing the news on its website, the publication stated: "Everybody loves Ellen, and that's one of the reasons she's regained the top spot. In March, 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' shattered its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately ...
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Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

April 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...
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15 Surprising Celebrity Birthplaces

March 27th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Unless you are a celebrity trivia champion, it may surprise you to learn some of your favorite actors and actresses were born far away from the countries we associate them with. While Nicole Kidman's parents are Australian, the actress was actually born in Hawaii and lived the first four years of her life there before moving Down Under. (Continue reading bio)

Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York and lived the first twelve years of his life there. It wasn't until after his father settled an injury lawsuit that Mel moved to Australia, where he became a star for his work in the Mad ...
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Ellen DeGeneres gives Kimmel an Oscar

February 27th, 2014 10:30am EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres presented Jimmy Kimmel with an Oscar for his unborn baby last night (02.26.14).
The 56-year-old talk show host will front the Academy Awards on Sunday (03.02.14) and joked she had taken one of the statuettes to gift to the presenter following the news he and wife Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together.
Speaking on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night, she said:
"You announced on the show that you and Molly are having a baby. Congratulations again. I got you a baby gift. Will it be your first?"
Jimmy inspected the trophy and said: "It is a heavy baby gift."
Ell...
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Ellen DeGeneres Talks Hosting The Oscars, Coming Out, And Finding True Love With Portia De Rossi

February 23rd, 2014 9:40am EST
Ellen DeGeneres People Magazine
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, 56, shares with PEOPLE in this week's issue the ups and downs that have shaped her life: her painful past, starting over, and finding real love with wife Portia De Rossi.

Below is an excerpt of this week's PEOPLE cover story, in Ellen's own words.

On Hosting the Oscars:
"I'm hosting the Oscars – because it's a really terrifying thing to do. I thought, why not challenge myself? I'm comfortable right now, and it's never good to be comfortable as a performer. In real life, I like to be comfortable. I go home and literally put pajamas on immediately. Creatively I n...
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Ellen DeGeneres loves animals

February 22nd, 2014 4:20am EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres believes animals are "the closest things to God".
The talk show host - who is married to Portia de Rossi - was planning to become a veterinarian before embarking on her TV career, and says animals provided her with some important lessons when growing up.
She said: "The compassion I have for animals comes from my earliest memories. The first bird I saved was a mockingbird when I was around seven years. It had fallen out of its nest and I took it home and it grew up to be a full, grown-up mockingbird. I took it back to that same tree and released it."
In 1997, Ellen's hit sit...
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Ellen DeGeneres loves Portia more every day

February 19th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres loves Portia de Rossi so much it "kills" her.
The talk show host and her actress wife - who she married in 2008 - feel lucky to have one another and Ellen says her feelings for her partner grow stronger every day.
Speaking in the new edition of People magazine, she said: "I love her so much it kills me.
"The tabloids had a photo of Portia not wearing her wedding ring. She goes, 'I didn't wear it because when I ride horses and I'm holding the reins, it gives me a blister!'
"The truth is, and this is corny, I fall more in love with Portia all the time. I really do. She surpris...
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Ellen DeGeneres: 'My marriage is not in trouble'

February 19th, 2014 9:48am EST
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi
TV talk show star Ellen Degeneres has moved to silence long-running rumours suggesting her marriage to Portia De Rossi is on the verge of collapse, insisting she is more in love with the actress than ever.

Recent rumours suggested the couple was on a verge of a split, and the gossip was fuelled when the former Ally McBeal star was spotted without her wedding ring.

However, DeGeneres is adamant her partner simply took off the ring to go horse-riding.

She tells People.com, "Apparently she's demanding $220 million! I'll give it to her, I don't care - she doesn't have to leave me...

"The ta...
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Ellen DeGeneres buys $40 million home

January 10th, 2014 6:20pm EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have splashed out almost $40 million on a new home.
The US chat show host, who is a well-known architecture and design enthusiast, and the 'Arrested Development' actress, 40, paid $39.888 million for their lavish new estate, The Brody House, in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
The high profile couple's new 13,511 square-foot abode features six bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a pool, gym, spa, tennis court and sits on 2.3 acres of landscaped gardens, according to gossip website TMZ.com.
The house, which is located next to the Playboy bunnies' home, underwent extensive re...
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Celebrity Sex Tape Wish List: Beyonce & Jay Z, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia DeRossi, More

December 31st, 2013 1:00pm EST
Jay Z & Beyonce
Vivid Entertainment just released its "Top 10 Hottest Couples" wish list of stars it would most like to add to its popular celebrity roster.

Prince William and Kate Middleton came in at number one for the third year in a row, followed by Katy Perry and John Mayer in second place and Beyoncé and Jay-Z in third place.

"Kate's pregnancy and birth to Prince George only made the couple more popular. They project natural good looks and good health and their stature on the world stage is unparalleled.  We know our chances of getting them to star in a sex tape are slim, but that's what wish lists...
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Ellen DeGeneres denies marriage troubles

December 11th, 2013 3:20pm EST
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has hit back at reports her marriage is on the rocks.
The talk show host, 55, who tied the knot with 'Arrested Development' actress, Portia de Rossi, at their home in Beverly Hills in August 2008, has branded rumors they are about to split "ridiculous."
The comedian insisted she is "very happily married" after seeing a story in a magazine that claimed her relationship was crumbling, and joked on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' today (12.11.13): "I was like, 'Oh, what happened? They seemed so happy.' And then I was like, 'Wait, I'm Ellen.' And I should know if that was happening."...
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Portia De Rossi Didn't Want To Be A Lesbian, Recalls Coming Out At Golden Globes

November 8th, 2013 10:00pm EST
Portia De Rossi & Ellen DeGeneres
Portia De Rossi opened up about being gay and how uncomfortable it made her feel during an interview on "The Conversation With Amanda De Cadenet."

She explained: "I just didn't want to be a lesbian. I'd never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, 'Oh, I could be like that'. There was nobody that I could say, 'I could date her and I want to be like her.'"

Yesterday, she sat down with the c...
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Portia de Rossi struggled to understand her sexuality

November 1st, 2013 11:20am EDT
Portia De Rossi
Portia de Rossi didn't want to be a lesbian.
The 40-year-old actress was very nervous about publicly coming out, something she did in 2005, because she always thought that being gay was "strange" and also because she didn't know any famous women who were openly lesbians.
In a revealing interview on 'The Conversation With Amanda De Cadenet', she said: "I just didn't want to be a lesbian. I'd never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politi...
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Ellen DeGeneres gives waitress $10,000

October 19th, 2013 3:20pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has given a generous waitress $10,000.
The talk show host reached out to Sarah Hoidahl in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday (10.18.13), after she heard that the server recently picked up the lunch tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the U.S. government's shutdown.
Ellen was so touched by news of Sarah's kind gesture, which saw her pay the soldiers' $27.25 lunch bill, that she presented her with a cheque for $10,000 on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'.
She also reimbursed her for the bill and gave her a brand new 50-inch TV.
Upon receiving the gifts, Sarah repeatedly to...
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Ellen DeGeneres Sells $12 Million Home

September 15th, 2013 8:07am EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have sold their equestrian ranch in Thousand Oaks, California, for $10.85 million.

The high profile couple put the mansion on the market in June for $10,995,000 and raised the listing price to $12,995,000 less than three weeks later but unloaded it in recent days to a buyer for $100,000 less than the original price.

A source told real estate website Redfin.com that the chat show host and her Arrested Development star wife raised the asking price because they decided to include all of their expensive furniture, which they spent years collecting, with the...
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Portia De Rossi Shares 'Arrested Development' Clip, Banana Stand Makes Viral Waves

May 14th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Alan Danzis and Bluth Banana Stand
Portia de Rossi was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, where an Arrested Development clip was shared that finally revealed a guest star. Also, we take a look at the banana stands sprouting up across the world.

In the clip, Lindsay (de Rossi) and her husband Tobias (David Cross) try to get a deal from a real estate agent played by returning guest star Ed Helms. If you recall, Ed played the same character back in 2004, when Lindsay misinterpreted his sales tactics as romantic advances.

Nine years later, not much has changed. Lindsay once again mistakes his question about her havi...
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Arrested Development Trailer Begins 'Final Countdown' To Series Return

May 13th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Arrested Development
With the return of Arrested Development coming in less than two weeks, Netflix has released a trailer for the upcoming season of the hit comedy. Check it out below.

Seven years has changed a few characters, especially George Michael (Michael Cera) and Maeby Funke (Alia Shawkat). It appears George Michael is in college when his father Michael (Jason Bateman) walks in after he hears there is a girl in his dorm. That girl, of course, is cousin and object of affection Maeby.

Also shown are a few hints at plot, including Michael's move to Phoenix (where everything is too hot), an ostrich, an...
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'Arrested Development' Stars Unite For Premiere, John Krasinski Confirmed As Guest Star

April 30th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Arrested Development
Arrested Development's all-star cast was back together on the red carpet for the premiere of their Netflix series - and news was released that its guest star list is still growing.

Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, and Jessica Walter were back together after seven years of cancellation to meet the press and celebrate the unlikely return of the cult hit TV show.

According to USA Today, de Rossi called it "such a relief. It's so exciting. I've been waiting for a long, long time." 

"It was divine to put that hook back on," ...
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'Arrested Development' Cast Talks New Netflix Episodes At TCA

January 10th, 2013 1:00pm EST
Will Arnett, Portia De Rossi, Jason Bateman and Tony Hale
The Television Critics Association waited all week for the Arrested Development panel held by Netflix. In fact, they’ve been waiting six years since the Fox series was cancelled. The major rumor was the cast would reunite for a movie, but Netflix is putting on a 14 episode season of episodes. The difference is each episode will focus on one member of the Bluth family. That was the only way they could get the entire cast back.

“They have other commitments, they’re on other shows, they have other contractual obligations,” series creator Mitch Hurwitz explained. “Their lives have gone on so i...
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Lady Gaga & 11 Other Celebrities Who Struggled With Eating Disorders

September 27th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga
In response to growing criticism about her weight, Lady Gaga posted an image of herself in her underwear this week, tweeting, "join A BODY REVOLUTION." The photo included the caption: "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15."

She is just one of many celebrities who have opened up about their struggles with weight and body image. It's no longer uncommon or shocking for a famous person to admit they struggled with an eating disorder.

According to the South Carolina Department of public health, approximately 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – 7 million women and 1 million men. Mean...
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Vibrant Yellow Gowns Dominate 2012 Emmy Fashion - See Tons Of Photos!

September 24th, 2012 9:11am EDT
Julie Bowen
The red carpet was full of bright colors at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night, but yellow was the most popular. "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, looked oustanding in a strapless canary yellow gown.

"Homeland" winner Claire Danes, who is several months pregnant, also opted for a strapless yellow dress that was (obviously) more loose fitting than Julie's.

"Game Change" winner Julianne Moore picked a more conservative yellow gown with long sleeves, a higher neckline and a billowing skirt.

Check out more yellow gown...
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15 Celebrities Who Chopped Off Their Hair

August 13th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Emma Watson
A truly daring star experiments with her hair for a film role or just because she wants to mix it up. But not everyone in Hollywood is so adventurous (could you see Angelina Jolie opting for a pixie cut? Probably not.)

Over the weekend, Miley Cyrus shocked fans by chopping off her newly blonde hair. Fans berated her on Twitter for taking the chance, and she responded with comments such "feel so happy, pretty, and free."

It is certainly liberating for a famous woman who is identified with a certain look to switch it up. In 2010, "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson revealed her newly shorn lock...
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Blonde Beauties Cameron Diaz & Portia De Rossi Pal Around In Hollywood

August 10th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Cameron Diaz & Portia De Rossi
We spotted friends Cameron Diaz and Portia de Rossi going to Salon Benjamin in West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday. The two friends have very similar hair, so it's no surprise they go to the same hairdresser.

Cameron looked summery in a pair of bright yellow shorts, a striped boatneck shirt and lace-up sandals. Portia wore casual black pants and a striped tank top with strappy leather sandals.

Portia is currently filming new episodes of her cult series "Arrested Development" for Netflix, while Cameron is working on "The Counselor," in which a lawyer finds himself in over his head when he ...
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Tons Of Pics From The Teen Choice Awards: Bieber, Gomez, Lovato & More!

July 23rd, 2012 8:57am EDT
Demi Lovato
Hot, young Hollywood stars showed up at Sunday night's 2012 Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, California.

Demi Lovato wore a short, daring black, gray and yellow dress with a feathered hemline. Hayden Panettiere glittered in a gorgeous purple sequin gown and matching pumps, while Meagan Good showed off her abs in a sexy white and gray pantsuit.

"Glee" star Lea Michele sizzled in a short strapless number, while singer Jordin Sparks wore a flouncy black dress with a plunging neckline.

Fan favorites Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez opted to walk the red carpet solo. Check out a...
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Portia De Rossi Lands Lily Munster Role

June 13th, 2012 8:39am EDT
Portia de Rossi
Portia De Rossi's TV comeback has taken a spooky turn - she's landed the role of Lily Munster in the remake of classic comedy series The Munsters.

The former Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star is heading back to the small screen with a lead role in The Smart One, and now she's also been hired for Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of the original 1960s sitcom.

She will portray the vampire bride of Herman Munster, to be played by Jerry O'Connell, while Eddie Izzard will take on the role of Grandpa Munster.

The upcoming series will tell the story of how the monstrous family ended up at t...
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Portia De Rossi Chops Off Her Hair

June 7th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Portia De Rossi chops her hair
Portia De Rossi is known for her beautiful, long blonde hair, but she has opted for a style change. We spotted the actress with her wife Ellen DeGeneres out and about in West Hollywood on Wednesday debuting her new 'do.

Not quite as short as her partner's, Portia's hair now hangs just a little lower than her ears and includes sideswept bangs.

Portia stars in the upcoming comedy "The Smart One," which was picked up by ABC. The plot centers on an smart professional who agrees to work for her dumb but popular city mayor sister.

The show was developed by DeGeneres, who will executive produce...
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Five Fun Facts about 2012 Mark Twain Prize Winner Ellen DeGeneres

May 17th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
This week it was announced that comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is the 2012 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor goes to people “who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens”. While her talk show was always popular, DeGeneres went from being a stand-up comedian to being America’s favorite daytime host after Oprah Winfrey gave up her daytime show. Today we visit five fun facts about America’s unlikely sweetheart.

1) Television didn’t always mean success for her. He...
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Portia De Rossi To Star In ABC Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

February 6th, 2012 8:43am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi is heading back to TV thanks to a new script developed by her comedienne wife Ellen DeGeneres.

The former "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" star will lead the cast of comedy "The Smart One," which has just been picked up by bosses at ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot centers on an intelligent professional who agrees to work for her dumb but popular sister who is a city mayor.

DeGeneres will executive produce the project.
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Ron Howard Encourages 'Arrested Development' Fans To Keep Campaigning

November 17th, 2011 2:52pm EST
Ron Howard
Director/producer Ron Howard is encouraging fans of his cult comedy show Arrested Development to continue voicing their desire to see a new series and movie adaptation in an effort to ensure producers follow through with comeback plans.

The hit sitcom, which aired from 2003 to 2006 and starred Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett, won critical acclaim for Howard and the cast, but it didn't make it past cult status among viewers and was cancelled.

Fans have long been campaigning for TV bosses to make a film version of the show, and their wish was granted last month when Bateman...
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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi To Launch Vegan Eatery In LA

October 29th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi
TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and her actress wife Portia De Rossi are opening a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles.

The health conscious vegan couple will launch the eatery with fellow celebrity investors singer Chrissie Hynde and "The Hangover II" producer Steve Bing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The posh restaurant, located in San Fernando Valley, will feature a menu by celebrity chef Tal Ronnen and an interior designed by Waldo Fernandez, who has decorated homes for clients such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Tobey Maguire.

This isn't DeGeneres' first foray into the culin...
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