What Oscar Winners Will Eat at the 2013 Governors Ball
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Here's what Wolfgang Puck will be serving up at this year’s post-Oscars dinner
Smoked Salmon Oscars with Dill Crème Fraiche and Caviar. Sounds amazing, right?
With awards season well underway and most of the ceremonies under our belts (see you later Golden Globes, you too SAG Awards), now it’s onto the main event: the Academy Awards.
For us, that means marking our ballots, dreaming up themed menus for our favorite Best Picture nominees, playing award speech drinking games, and of course, commenting on the best and worst fashion choices.
For Wolfgang Puck, the arrival of the Oscars on Feb. 24 means an entirely different thing: The renowned chef has a job to do, as this will be his 19th year as the official chef of the Governors Ball.
Serving up style, taste, and panache after the extravagant ceremonies, Puck's menu includes fresh takes on current culinary trends as well as his signature items like his mini Kobe burgers, pizzas, and Oscar peanut butter cookies.
What does Puck have up his sleeve this year? A menu inspired by small-plate entertaining, rather than large format, family-style meals.
Even after almost two decades of catering this event, Puck keeps his menu on trend with what's hot in Hollywood.
Wolfgang Puck Unveils Oscar Feast for The Academy’s 87th Oscars Governors Ball
It’s Oscar time! The biggest party after the show, The Governors Ball, was revealed today for the press by The Academy.
Permeating the air with imaginative dishes, master chef Wolfgang Puck showed those gathered at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center the incredible feast he’s creating for the evening.
Puck and Matt Bencivenga, chef partner of Wolfgang Puck Catering, have drawn upon vintage and contemporary Hollywood glamour to create a menu that’s both legendary and innovative. The menu will feature more than 50 scrumptious delights, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. Guests will enjoy such signature Puck favorites as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar.
Puck also will present classic dishes re-imagined for Hollywood’s big night, including lobster “BLT” beet latkes with pastrami duck and apple mustard and dover sole with orange miso vinaigrette. Appealing to diverse palates will be modern vegetarian dishes featuring local organic produce, such as parsnip soup with white chocolate, pears and 24k gold and artichokes with asparagus, fava beans, baby beets and citrus vinaigrette.
Even this chocolate reel was good enough to eat!
Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland and event producer Cheryl Cecchetto are also returning to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar celebration, which will immediately follow the 87th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, February 22. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.
Cheryl Cecchetto unveiled the décor and other ball elements, including an illuminated layered collage made exclusively for the Governors Ball.
“The artistry and glamour that have truly defined Hollywood for decades will be highlighted at 87th Oscars Governors Ball,” said Kurland. “We’ve selected the most stunning imagery from the Academy’s vast collections to set the stage for our guests. The Academy will honor and share these timeless moments of a legacy that is in our blood and truly makes us who we are.”
As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures” and the upcoming “Tomorrowland.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s sixth year serving as Governors Ball chair.
Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Sequoia Productions’ clients include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. This will be Cecchetto’s 26th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.
This year’s dynamic pastry team includes Della Gossett, Spago’s executive pastry chef Kamel Guechida, corporate director of pastry for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Jason Lemonnier, Los Angeles pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering. Together these chefs will create such innovative and elegant seasonal desserts as apple millefeuille with cider jelly, peanut butter strawberry lollipop, and milk chocolate panna cotta with raspberry and cherry, as well as Puck’s traditional 24k gold chocolate Oscars. CEO Carl Schuster directs more than 900 event staff through the detailed logistics and hospitality experience. This is Puck’s 21st consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.
The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center immediately following the Oscar telecast.
Marc Friedland unveiled the design of the envelopes and announcement cards bearing
the names of Oscar winners. This is the 75th anniversary of the Oscar envelope.
Sterling Vineyards featured a selection of wines, Johnnie Walker revealed featured cocktails and recipes and Champagne Piper-Heidsieck gave us alook at the exclusive champagne for the ball.
Huge passion for film scores, lives for the Academy Awards, loves movie trailers. That is all.
And the Oscar Goes to.
I know I'll be making some special chocolate treats for the Academy Awards, but probably not as fancy as the Chocolate Oscar statuettes created by Chef Wolfgang Puck. They'll be featured at a Champagne Bar at the Governors Ball following the Awards Ceremony. They are dark chocolate coated with edible 14-carat gold.
There are a few chocolate companies that have gold foil wrapped chocolate Oscar statuettes. Not sure if there are any still available. Amazon says they're out of stock, but I found a listing HERE. These chocolate Oscar statues don't have the panache of those by Wolfgang Puck, and I doubt the flavor, but if you need one now, they're available, just do a search. I also found Chocolate Oscar Statue in a Gold Box HERE.
Want to make your own Chocolate Oscar? I saw a Chocolate Oscar Statue Mold on eBay.
Want to make Cookies instead?
I have a great Oscar Cookie Cutter I found a few years ago on eBay. Mine is a real nice copper one, but you can find a different one HERE. And here's another with a base HERE. It's not available from Cookies Seattle right now, but it's the one I have, and you can find it if you do a search.
Speaking of Oscar Cookies, Bakerella had a fantastic post this week on Oscar Cookies, making, decorating and standing them up on cookie bases. Her cookies sure look like the winners, and I bet they taste like them, too!
Hollywood Glamour and Vintage Style Will Be Highlighted At 2016 Governors Ball
7,500 shrimp, 6,500 wood-fired Oscar-shaped flat bread, 3,000 custom Oscar boxes, over 2,700 bottles of Sterling Vineyards Wines and 7,000 mini chocolate Oscars. Just a sampling of the libations and nosh at the 2016 Governors Ball.
Last week a preview of the food, drinks and décor of this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar celebration, was held for members of the media to get inside look at what the 1,500 guests will be dining on after the conclusion of Hollywood’s biggest night.
The Ball, which follows the 88th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 28, includes Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.
Inspired by the caricature-filled walls of the iconic Sardi’s and Brown Derby restaurants, the Ball’s décor will feature more than 170 newly commissioned drawings spotlighting filmmaking luminaries past and present, including many who appear in this year’s Oscar-nominated films.
“The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is art – the art of making film, and the individuals who create the art,” said Kurland. “You will see drawings created by contemporary illustrators that are reminiscent of Hirschfeld’s wonderful portraits. They truly capture the energy and sheer joy of the evening’s celebration.”
A team of 10 maître d’ staff, 950 service and support staff and 325 culinary staff are on hand to make the evening a complete success.
PIPER-HEIDSIECK, the revered French Champagne house known worldwide for the red of its label and the gold of its wine, unveiled at the preview the “Red Carpet Ready” limited edition magnum bottle that will be poured exclusively at this year’s 88th Oscars ceremony and Governors Ball.
Over 2,400 bottles of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne will be served.
With only 1000 bottles produced, the special limited edition magnum was unveiled during the Oscars Nominee Luncheon in order to give nominees a ‘sneak peek’ of what they will be drinking on February 28th.
An exceptional bottle for an exceptional night, the PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvee Brut magnum was designed by the 230 year-old French House specifically for the occasion with the word “Oscars” and the number ” forming a golden “tiara” wrapped by hand around each bottle.
PIPER-HEIDSIECK believes that nothing less than a magnum is worthy of the grandeur of Oscars night.
“We are thrilled to celebrate a momentous occasion with a momentous bottle, one that reflects the Academy and the House’s shared value of excellence,” says Benoit Collard, Global Executive Director PIPER-HEIDSIECK. “These magnums are as grand and bold as the films and performances we are celebrating this year.”
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvée Brut is a classic, structured, full-bodied Champagne with harmonious balance. The blend is mainly Pinot Noir incorporating more than 100 crus from the Champagne region in France.
A clear, golden Champagne, Cuvee Brut’s delicate, fine bubbles result from an extended maturation. A juicy, fleshy pear and golden grape texture, the wine’s finish narrows to citrus and grapefruit flavors.
Master chef Wolfgang Puck will once again provide the Governors Ball menu.
The menu will feature more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening.
They include Sriracha-candied macadamia nuts braised short rib with cauliflower puree and golden raisin puffed Thai rice tortellini with artichoke fromage white grape almond gazpacho rye berry risotto with peas and asparagus poke, stone crab, made-to-order sushi and other raw bar treats floating atop illuminated ice blocks and a selection of Puck’s signature favorites, such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar.
Among the interesting and fun food facts – the menu will also include 2,375 housemade pretzels, 1,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, 100,000 pieces dark chocolate couverture pistoles, 1,000 stone crab claws and 350 pounds house smoked salmon.
Mark’s Garden unveiled the floral theme. Nearly 300 individual speaker cones at the Governors Ball, customizing the sound for each table. This year, all the flowers for the Governors Ball are white. Japanese Ranunculus are being flown in for the Ball: this is the first time flowers are being brought in from Japan. Gardenias, with their amazing fragrance, will be used for the first time as part of the floral décor. The flowers for the Governors Ball will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday or Thursday from around the world.
Haig Club revealed featured cocktails and recipes. Celebrate the glamour of the Oscars with this selection of HAIG CLUB™ Single Grain Scotch Whisky specialty cocktails created by globally acclaimed mixologist Charles Joly at your at-home viewing parties. Developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller, HAIG CLUB™ is sought out by some of the world’s most recognizable names, making it the perfect selection for the most esteemed awards ceremony in Hollywood.
Marc Friedland, creative director of Marc Friedland Couture Communications, will once again design the envelopes and announcement awards bearing the names of Oscar winners for the 88th Academy Awards. He began creating the first-ever specially designed envelope and winners cards for the Oscars in 2011.
Friedland’s custom-designed envelope is handcrafted from a high gloss, iridescent metallic paper, treated in an “Oscar” gold, complemented by a red-lacquered lining featuring the Oscar statuette hand-stamped in satin gold leaf. A faint statuette watermarked pattern gives the exterior envelope its distinctive finish and provides for added security against duplication.
The exterior of the envelope and its flap features an Art Deco-inspired satin gold foil-treated frame with an ecru inset panel bearing the name of the award category—each in a richly appointed charcoal ink. The envelope will contain a heavyweight ecru card with iridescent gold accents and gold leaf-embossed Oscar statuette, along with the phrase, “And the Oscar goes to…” For a cohesive and elegant look, the names of the winners will be printed in the same charcoal ink and mounted onto a matching, red-lacquered hand-wrapped frame, while the back of the card will be printed with the award category.
Friedland produces an announcement card for each of the nominees. Once the final tabulation of the ballots has been completed, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partners Brian Cullinan and Martha L. Ruiz will personally insert the appropriate announcement cards, fastening the envelope with a red double-faced satin ribbon and red-lacquered and gold-embossed seal featuring the PwC logo. The remaining nominee cards will then be destroyed.
Celebrate and host the perfect Oscars party with these fabulous ideas from the Academy here.
The Oscars have a new idea for stopping the endless, boring speech
Patricia Arquette gives her speech after winning the supporting actress Oscar last year for “Boyhood.” This year’s ceremony will included a new feature: a text scroll that will appear under winners as they speak.
How much do you hate the music that the Oscars orchestra plays when a winner’s acceptance speech runs on too long?
Now the producers of Sunday’s telecast may have found a way around those awkward play-offs.
David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the first-time producers of the ABC telecast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, say they are going to try a new feature that will scroll the winners’ thank-yous across the bottom of the screen while they are speaking. The idea is to give each speaker more time to blab about something other than how their agent always believed in their dream.
“There’s going to be a lot of experimentation,” Hudlin explained in a Friday segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Some of it may work some of it [may not] work.”
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We are going to go out on a limb and guess that not many viewers will be eager to read an endless scroll with such thrilling lines as, “And thanks to Mom and Dad for paying for my acting lessons!” But maybe Hill and Hudlin will figure out how to pepper some show-biz razzle-dazzle in there.
Meanwhile, the producers are planning to mess with the order in which the prizes are handed out. Such details are a tightly kept secret. Unlike the Grammys -- which feature almost wall-to-wall performances -- the Oscars are really a parade of winners to the podium, so the prize order tends to get fussed over.
“We’re gonna mix it up,” Hudlin said. “I want people to watch and be surprised.”
Hudlin insisted that the #OscarsSoWhite controversy -- centered on the fact that zero people of color were nominated in the acting categories -- had little impact on their planning.
“We wanted a show that looked like America,” Hudlin said. But “most of our booking was done before the nominees were announced.”
The Academy Awards in the '70s: The Photos
It was a very weird, very fashionable, and very glitzy decade for Hollywood.
The 1970s yielded some of the finest movies to ever come out of Hollywood&mdashThe Godfather I and II, Jaws, Chinatown, Star Wars, Rocky, and on and on&mdashas well as some glamorous and often wild fashion (see: Cher). At the Academy Awards, the film and fashion of the decade collided, as these photos demonstrate.
Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper talk at an Academy Awards after party in L.A. following the 1970 Oscars ceremony. Easy Rider, which starred Nicholson and Hopper (as well as Peter Fonda), had come out the year before. Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were married at the time, arrive at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970.
Frank Sinatra hands Cary Grant an Oscar as a special achievement award at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970.
Clinton Eastwood poses at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970.
Sammy Davis Jr. and Lola Falana attend an after party for the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970 at the Beverly Hills Hilton.
Hugh Hefner arrives at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards with model and actress Barbi Benton in 1970.
John Wayne with his wife Pilar after winning the Best Actor Oscar for True Grit at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970.
Frank Sinatra poses for a portrait holding an Oscar he received for winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 43rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 1971.
Frank Sinatra's daughters, Nancy and Tina, attended the 1971 Academy Awards to see their father accept his award.
Ali MacGraw at rehearsals for the 43rd Annual Academy Awards in 1971. MacGraw was nominated for Best Actress that year for her role in Love Story.
Goldie Hawn at the Governor's Ball after the 43rd Annual Academy Awards in 1971.
Quarterback for the New York Jets, Joe Namath, escorts actress Raquel Welch to the Academy Awards in 1971.
Jack Nicholson receives a kiss on the cheek from his date, Michelle Phillips, while attending the awards show after-party, the Governor's Ball.
Gene Hackman holds his Oscar for Best Actor, which he earned for The French Connection, and Jane Fonda holds up her statue for Best Actress, which she got for Klute, during the 44th Annual Academy Awards in 1972.
Isaac Hayes poses with his Oscar for Best Song for "Theme from Shaft" at the 44th Annual Academy Awards in 1972. The actor Joel Grey stands beside him.
Raquel Welch and Gene Hackman pose with Cloris Leachman, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Last Picture Show in 1972.
Actress Natalie Wood and her husband, Robert Wagner, attend the Academy Awards together in 1972.
Charlie Chaplin gives an acceptance speech after receiving an honorary Oscar at the 44th Annual Academy Awards in 1972.
At the 44th Annual Academy Awards in 1972, Jack Nicholson brought along two dates: singer and actor Michelle Phillips, pictured here, and actor Sally Kellerman.
Michael Caine and his teenage daughter, Veronique, attend the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973. Caine acted as Master of Ceremonies for a segment of the Awards and was also nominated for Best Actor for his performance in the movie Sleuth.
Native American Sacheen Littlefeather speaks at the 45th Academy Awards in 1973. On behalf of Marlon Brando, she refused the Best Actor award he was given for his role in Godfather. Brando refused the award because of the treatment by the Americans of the American Indian. It caused quite a stir.
Burt Reynolds at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973. Deliverance, in which he starred, was nominated for Best Picture that year.
Robert Duvall and his wife, Barbara Benjamin, attend an Academy Awards party at the Bistro Restaurant in Beverly Hills in 1973.
Cher and her then-husband Sonny Bono at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973.
James Caan arrives at the Academy Awards in 1973 with his date for the evening, his future wife Sheila Ryan.
Best Actress nominee, Diana Ross, arrives at the 45th Annual Academy Awards with her husband, Robert Ellis. The singer and actress was nominated for her role in Lady Sings the Blues&mdashbut lost out to Liza Minnelli for Cabaret.
In 1973, actress and model Candice Bergen poses with a statuette, while attending the 45th Annual Academy Awards as a presenter.
Three of the night's winners, Joel Grey, Liza Minnelli, and Albert S. Ruddy, pose with their Oscars in 1973.
Cher arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Awards in 1974.
Moments after the Best Actor award presentation at the 46th Academy Awards ceremonies in 1974, a male streaker ran nude before a TV audience of 76 million people he was seen on TV only above the waist and behind David Niven who said, "That was bound to happen."
Oscar's New Bubbly
• Rest your weary, star-blinded eyes, America. With this past weekend's 85th Academy Awards now in the books, our long national Awards Season is over for another year. As expected, the crown jewel of the trophy circuit drew rave reviews in the categories of food and wine. In a surprise pick from the Academy, Oscar had a new exclusive Champagne in 2013, the relatively young boutique brand of Champagne Thiénot, founded in 1985. "We are thrilled that the Academy has selected our family-owned house for this prestigious event," said François Peltereau-Villeneuve, president and CEO for Thiénot USA, in a press release. "As a very small and young grande marque, being selected is like receiving an Oscar for Best Champagne!" Thiénot brut was poured at the reception, while the rosé and vintage 2005 were served at the Governor's Ball (more on that later). Last year's longtime official Champagne of the Oscars, Moët & Chandon, wasn't turned away at all the velvet ropes, however. Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut was served at host Seth MacFarlane's after party, while guests at the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar party paired their Henriot Blanc de Blancs Champagne with artichoke carpaccio and Chilean sea bass.
Diageo president Claudia Schubert enjoys the Oscars with John Travolta.
There's more to the Oscars than Champagne, of course, and Napa Valley's Sterling Vineyards was the featured wine of the Academy Awards. Five different Sterling bottlings were on hand for the Governors Ball dinner, which was prepared by chef Wolfgang Puck for the 19th consecutive year. Puck prepared a menu of 50 dishes, including vegan pizza and Japanese baby peach salad, along with the traditional meat-lover's choices of kobe beef burgers with aged cheddar, Atlantic bigeye tuna and chicken pot pie with truffles. Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2009 and Cabernet Reserve 2007 were poured with dinner, and the dessert bar created by pastry chef Sherry Yard featured Sterling's Riesling Late Harvest 2011, Muscat Canelli 2011 and Zinfandel Late Harvest NV. "It is a tremendous honor to be able to pour our wines at an event of this caliber," Diageo Chateau & Estates president Claudia Schubert told one of Unfiltered's spies inside the Ball. "As a wine enthusiast, it’s a genuine pleasure to see how well the wines worked with chef Puck’s menu … the slow-braised lamb shank shepherd’s pie with the 2007 Sterling Reserve Cab was terrific." Puck too seemed to be enjoying his 19th time around the block as much as any other. "I'm not sick of cooking for the Oscars," Puck reportedly told journalists at a menu preview. "I'm not sick of making love, so I'm happy!"
• It's been nearly a year since Rudy Kurniawan was arrested by the FBI and then charged with selling counterfeit wine, along with other counts of fraud. But the Indonesian national, 36, who once auctioned off more than $35 million worth of wine in a single year, has only just begun to fight. In a Manhattan federal courtroom on Feb. 27, lawyers for the government and the defense sparred over setting a trial date. Kurniawan, dressed in prison khakis with low-cut black sneakers, watched the proceedings silently. He wants the trial to start in September. No good, replied lead prosecutor (and fine wine buff) Jason Hernandez. The government plans to call French winemakers as witnesses, Hernandez explained, and they can't be expected to fly to New York in the middle of harvest. The government prefers a trial date as early as June. By April, the parties need to nail down a date acceptable to Judge Richard Berman, who put the two sides on notice that he wants a speedy trial even though, he said, "It's not like any other case I've ever had." Hernandez told Judge Berman that the government intends to "streamline" the case against Kurniawan by dropping two counts of double-pledging art and wine as collateral for multiple loans he took out. On the other hand, Hernandez warned that Kurniawan will be newly indicted on a "tax count." "We will wait to see the government's new, supposedly 'streamlined' indictment," said Michael Proctor, Kurniawan's lead lawyer. "It's unclear whether the government is doing this for tactical reasons or whether it has concluded that it previously overcharged Mr. Kurniawan."
• The 1961 Domaines Paul Jaboulet Ainé La Chapelle seemed like a steal at $7,800. Another lot of the same wine had sold for more than $20,000 per bottle at Sotheby's in Hong Kong in December. Dominique Fornage, from Ecole Nobilis du Vin in Valais, Switzerland, sourced this particular bottle of 1961 La Chapelle from a reliable French supplier, who had in turn purchased the wine from a collector, who had acquired the bottle at auction a decade earlier. Fornage, who frequently hosts tastings of rare wines, was unconcerned with the wine's provenance—until it was uncorked for a group of Swiss connoisseurs in a tasting of 13 respected vintages of La Chapelle. Three clues triggered suspicions. “I had uncorked the other vintages, but when I uncorked the 1961, I noticed the cork was different—different color, texture and the printing was not the same. But that would have been impossible to notice if we hadn’t had the other vintages next to it and had a certain expertise.” Then the tasting itself threw up a red flag the size of the Matterhorn. “Three of us had tasted the 1961 in the past. We simply knew this was not the 1961: It was not a masterpiece. It was still La Chapelle, but a different vintage. There was a huge difference in quality.” Upon closer examination, they discovered the foil carried the tax mark for a magnum rather than 750ml. “There were lots of little things that you would have to know what to look for,” said Jaboulet winemaker Caroline Frey, who also said the price itself was a major clue. “Unfortunately we see this more and more. People send us their bottles for reconditioning, and we have to tell them we’re destroying the wine.” Fornage, who has encountered fake bottles of Pétrus and Latour in the past, told Unfiltered that the problem is “enormous, enormous, enormous!” La Chapelle bottles have carried the Prooftag bubble seal since the 2006 vintage. Caveat bibitor.
Does Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daughter Look More Like Mom Or Dad?Famous as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. may be, they live a relatively low-key life, especially when it comes to daughter Charlotte and son Rocky. However, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer . star was recently spotted walking with her 4-year-old daughter, and we have to say she is definitely a branch off the Prinze-Gellar tree.
DeGeneres was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Jane (née Pfeffer, born 1930), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres (1925–2018), an insurance agent.   She has one brother, Vance, a musician and producer. Of French, English, German, and Irish descent, she was raised a Christian Scientist.  Her parents filed for separation in 1973 and were divorced the following year.  Shortly after, Ellen's mother married Roy Gruessendorf, a salesman. Betty Jane and Ellen moved with Gruessendorf from the New Orleans area to Atlanta, Texas. Vance stayed with his father.
When she was 15 or 16 years old, she was molested by her stepfather.  DeGeneres graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976, after completing her first years of high school at Grace King High School in Metairie. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with a cousin, Laura Gillen. [ why? ] Her early jobs included a stint at J. C. Penney  and waitressing at TGI Fridays and another restaurant. She also worked as a house painter, a hostess and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work.
DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981, she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. DeGeneres cites Woody Allen and Steve Martin as her main influences at this time.  In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, and in 1984 she was named Showtime's funniest person in America. 
After a 15-year hiatus from performing stand-up comedy, DeGeneres appeared in a 2018 Netflix stand-up special, Relatable.  
DeGeneres lists Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart among her comedic influences. 
Ellen's work in the late 1980s and early 1990s included the film Coneheads. DeGeneres starred in a series of films for a show named Ellen's Energy Adventure, which was part of the Universe of Energy attraction and pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot. The film also featured Bill Nye, Alex Trebek, Michael Richards, and Jamie Lee Curtis. The show revolved around DeGeneres' falling asleep and finding herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival, portrayed by Curtis, and Albert Einstein. The next film had DeGeneres co-hosting an educational look at energy with Nye. The ride first opened on September 15, 1996, as Ellen's Energy Crisis, but was quickly given the more positive-sounding name Ellen's Energy Adventure. The ride closed permanently on August 13, 2017.
DeGeneres' first regular TV role was in a short-lived Fox sitcom called Open House. She played the role of Margo Van Meter, an office worker at the Juan Verde Real Estate company. The show co-starred Alison LaPlaca and Mary Page Keller. In 1992, producers Neal Marlens and Carol Black cast DeGeneres in their sitcom Laurie Hill, in the role of Nurse Nancy MacIntyre. The series was canceled after only four episodes, but Marlens and Black were so impressed with DeGeneres' performance that they soon cast her in their next ABC pilot, These Friends of Mine, which they co-created with David S. Rosenthal.
DeGeneres' comedy career became the basis of the sitcom Ellen, named These Friends of Mine during its first season.  The ABC show was popular in its first few seasons due in part to DeGeneres' style of observational humor it was often referred to as a "female Seinfeld. 
Ellen reached its height of popularity in April 1997, when DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character on the sitcom also came out of the closet to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey.  The coming-out episode, titled "The Puppy Episode", was one of the highest-rated episodes of the show. The series returned for a fifth season but experienced falling ratings and was cancelled.  
DeGeneres returned to television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom, The Ellen Show, which was cancelled after 13 episodes. In 2007, a former writer said she treated the writers "like shit" saying "Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?"   After her sitcoms, DeGeneres would later re-establish herself as a successful talk show host.
DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in September 2003. One of several celebrity-hosted talk shows surfacing at the beginning of that season, including those of Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner, her show has consistently risen in the Nielsen ratings and received widespread critical praise. It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show won 25 Emmy Awards for its first three seasons on the air. DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks. She often gives away free prizes and trips to be in her show's studio audience with the help of her sponsors.
DeGeneres celebrated her thirty-year class reunion by flying her graduating class to California to be guests on her show in February 2006. She presented Atlanta High School with a surprise gift of a new electronic LED marquee sign. DeGeneres made a surprise appearance at Tulane University's May 2006 commencement in New Orleans. Following George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to the podium, she appeared in a bathrobe and furry slippers. "They told me everyone would be wearing robes," she said. Ellen made another commencement speech at Tulane in 2009. 
The show broadcast for a week from Universal Studios Orlando in March 2007. Skits included DeGeneres going on the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride  and the Jaws Boat Ride.  DeGeneres was placed on bed rest in May 2007 due to a torn ligament in her back. She continued hosting her show from a hospital bed, tended to by a nurse, explaining "the show must go on, as they say." Guests sat in hospital beds as well.  On May 1, 2009, DeGeneres celebrated her 1000th episode with celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton, among others.  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Timberlake surprised DeGeneres on her 2,000th show in December 2015. 
DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on the ninth season of American Idol. Her role started after the contestant auditions, at the beginning of "Hollywood Week".   It is reported that DeGeneres also signed a contract to be a judge on the show for at least five seasons.  She made her American Idol debut on February 9, 2010. However, on July 29, 2010, DeGeneres and Fox executives announced that the comedian would be leaving American Idol after one season. In a statement, DeGeneres said that the series "didn't feel like the right fit for me". 
DeGeneres began hosting the NBC game show Ellen's Game of Games during the 2017–2018 television season. The show is based on games played on her talk show. The series had a preview episode on December 18, 2017, with regular episodes starting the following January. 
The New York Times profiled DeGeneres in 2018 as she faced the decision of renewing her talk-show contract and was exploring other outlets for her creativity, including her Netflix comedy special Relatable, which spoofs her kind image.  They noted she felt boxed in with a reputation of always being nice, and the host who danced all time.  DeGeneres—who acknowledges that she has always been overly sensitive—fretted how her audience would react when she no longer wanted to dance.  Her Christian Scientist upbringing included her father's psyche, “He was a very fearful man, he couldn’t hear or engage with anything unpleasant.”  When asked about anonymous tabloid reports that she is not always nice to her workers, she thought the accusations were false, “The one thing I want is for everyone to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.” 
In July 2020, BuzzFeed News ran articles in which anonymous former employees accused the show of being a toxic workplace, accused the executive producers of harassment, as well as alleging an atmosphere with racist comments and microaggressions.   WarnerMedia began an investigation.  DeGeneres apologized to her staff, writing that she intended for her show to be a place where "no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect" and that she was "disappointed to learn that this has not been the case."   Following the investigation, three executives left, and the show vowed to take steps to change the culture DeGeneres apologized again during the eighteenth season's September 2020 opening.  Her DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss was promoted to producer, and has served as host for the show filling in for DeGeneres.
On May 12, 2021, DeGeneres announced that she would end her talk show following the conclusion of its nineteenth season in 2022. 
DeGeneres received wider exposure on November 4, 2001, when she hosted the televised broadcast of the Emmy Awards. Presented after two cancellations due to network concerns that a lavish ceremony following the September 11 attacks would appear insensitive, the show required a more somber tone that would also allow viewers to temporarily forget the tragedy. DeGeneres received several standing ovations for her performance that evening, which included the line: "What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?" 
In August 2005, DeGeneres hosted the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held on September 18, 2005. This was three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, making it the second time she hosted the Emmys following a national tragedy. She also hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and in 1997.
On September 7, 2006, DeGeneres was selected to host the 79th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on February 25, 2007.  This makes her the first openly gay person to have hosted the event.  During the Awards show, DeGeneres said, "What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there's been so many negative things said about people's race, religion, and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: If there weren't blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that."  Reviews of her hosting gig were positive, with one saying, "DeGeneres rocked, as she never forgot that she wasn't just there to entertain the Oscar nominees but also to tickle the audience at home."  Regis Philbin said in an interview that "the only complaint was there's not enough Ellen."
DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy Award as host of the Academy Awards broadcast.  On August 2, 2013, it was announced that DeGeneres would host the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, for the second time. 
A selfie orchestrated by 86th Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres during the broadcast is the second-most retweeted tweet ever.   DeGeneres said she wanted to homage Meryl Streep's record 17 Oscar nominations by setting a new record with her, and invited other Oscar celebrities to join them. The resulting photo of twelve celebrities broke the previous retweet record within forty minutes and was retweeted over 1.8 million times in the first hour.    By the end of the ceremony it had been retweeted over 2 million times, less than 24 hours later, it had been retweeted over 2.8 million times.   As of May 2017 [update] , it has been retweeted over 3.4 million times.  The group selfie effort was parodied by Lego and Matt Groening with The Simpsons.   It beat the previous record, which was held by Barack Obama, following his victory in the 2012 presidential election.   
ED Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen launched her lifestyle brand under the name ED by Ellen in the summer of 2015.  After her initial collections, the brand name then changed to ED Ellen DeGeneres to incorporate the licensed arm of her brand.  The collection includes apparel, shoes, accessories, pet, baby and home items. DeGeneres' dog collection at PetSmart was launched in February 2017,  and a cat line was introduced later that year. 
In November 2017, the brand launched a collection to benefit Ellen's #BeKindToElephants campaign featuring a tee and baby one piece, donating 100% of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  Then, DeGeneres created a line with her brand to benefit the newly created Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund,  a member of the Digit Fund, to launch a line of tees and footwear to help gorillas. 
DeGeneres lent her voice to the role of Dory, a friendly fish with short-term memory loss, in the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo.  The film's director, Andrew Stanton, said that he chose Ellen because she changed the subject five times before one sentence had finished on her show.  For her performance as Dory, DeGeneres won the Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Supporting Actress Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and the Annie Award from the International Animated Film Association, for Outstanding Voice Acting. She was also nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. She also provided the voice of the dog in the prologue of the Eddie Murphy feature film Dr. Dolittle. Her win of the Saturn Award marked the first and only time the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has given the acting award for a voice performance.
She reprised the role of Dory from Finding Nemo in the 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.
In November 2004, DeGeneres appeared, dancing, in an ad campaign for American Express. Her most recent American Express commercial, a two-minute black-and-white spot in which she works with animals, debuted in November 2006 and was created by Ogilvy & Mather. In 2007, the commercial won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial.
DeGeneres began working with CoverGirl Cosmetics in September 2008, for which she has been criticized, as her animal-friendly values clash with Procter and Gamble's (the maker of CoverGirl Cosmetics) animal testing.  Her face became the focus of CoverGirl advertisements starting in January 2009. The beauty campaign was DeGeneres' first. 
On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres headlined the third annual "Change Begins Within" gala for the David Lynch Foundation held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  
In spring 2012, DeGeneres became the spokesperson for J. C. Penney in a tour and advertising campaign. 
DeGeneres represents a line of products on QVC, a home shopping network. Her line of home products, initialized as E.D., for Ellen DeGeneres, began being offered on QVC on October 24, 2014, under the name E.D. on Air. 
On September 4, 2018, TCL, announced its extension as the Official TV of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a fifth consecutive season. 
On August 15, 2018, it was announced that DeGeneres would partner with Walmart to launch a fashion collection under the brand name EV1, a low-cost alternative to her ED Ellen DeGeneres product.  The collection officially launched on September 10, 2018 with price points under $30. 
On May 26, 2010, DeGeneres announced on her show that she was starting her own record label entitled "eleveneleven". She explained her choice of name, claiming that she often sees the number 11:11 when looking at her clocks, that she found singer Greyson Chance on the 11th, and that the singer's soccer jersey has the number 11.  She mentioned that she had been looking for videos of performances on YouTube to start her label. The first act she signed to the label was Chance. 
Wealth and popularity
Forbes estimated DeGeneres' 2018 earnings at US$87.5 million,  making her the 15th highest-paid entertainer in the world.  In 2015, she was named the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes  and came second on the World Pride Power list.  As of August 2, 2018, she has more than 76 million followers on Twitter and 55.8 million followers on Instagram, making her the seventh most followed user on Twitter and the 28th most followed user on Instagram.
DeGeneres is a fan of the NFL but does not follow one team she has shown support for the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers,   and attended a 2011 Saints practice session dressed as Packers Hall of Famer Don Hutson. 
Sexual orientation and relationships
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as a lesbian. The disclosure of her sexual orientation sparked intense interest by American tabloids.  The contentiousness of the media coverage stunted her professional career and left her "mired in depression".   In her book Love, Ellen, DeGeneres' mother Betty describes being initially shocked when DeGeneres came out, but she has since become one of her strongest supporters she is also an active member of PFLAG and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's Coming Out Project. The same year she came out, DeGeneres started a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted until August 2000.  From 2000 to 2004, DeGeneres maintained a close affair with photographer Alexandra Hedison.  The couple appeared on the cover of The Advocate after their separation had already been announced to the media. 
Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi.  After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres and de Rossi were engaged, and married in August 2008, at their home in Beverly Hills, California, where they live with their four dogs and three cats.   The passage of Proposition 8 cast doubt on the legal status of their marriage, but a subsequent California Supreme Court judgment validated it because it occurred before November 4, 2008.    On August 6, 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.  The petition was granted on September 23, 2010. 
Animal rights and veganism
DeGeneres previously described herself as a vegan and "big animal lover".   De Rossi is also a vegan.  DeGeneres co-ordinated a vegan outreach website titled "Going Vegan with Ellen".  She intended to open a vegan tapas bar, Bokado, in Los Angeles, but plans fell through.  The website for The Ellen DeGeneres Show formerly contained a section called "Going Vegan with Ellen", in which she promoted "Meatless Mondays" and featured vegan recipes.  In 2016, DeGeneres stated that she had re-introduced fish into her diet,  and confirmed that she had stopped following a vegan lifestyle "in the last year or two for no reason really" in her 2018 stand-up comedy special Relatable. 
DeGeneres has invited Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle to speak on her show several times about the organization's efforts in animal protection legislation. In 2009, PETA named her their "Woman of the Year".  In April 2013, she donated $25,000 to stop Ag-Gag anti-whistleblower legislation in Tennessee, which would prohibit undercover investigators from recording footage of animal abuse on farms.  In 2010, DeGeneres served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project in 2010, asking people to start "a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one" at Thanksgiving. 
In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named DeGeneres a special envoy for Global AIDS Awareness.  On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres opened the show at the David Lynch Foundation's 3rd annual "Change Begins Within" gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to raise funds to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders. She says: "TM is the only time I have that stillness… it gives me this peaceful feeling, and I love it so much. I can't say enough good things about it. All the benefits that you can achieve from sitting still and going within—it really is a beautiful experience. David Lynch is such a wonderful man to start this foundation to help people."  
In November 2017, it was announced that President Donald Trump would begin allowing the importation of elephant trophies from Africa. In response, DeGeneres created a hashtag campaign in partnership with her brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, to donate to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She also created a T-shirt with her brand whose proceeds also go to the organization. 
In January 2018, for DeGeneres' 60th birthday, de Rossi gifted her a permanent gorilla home in Rwanda built in her name for the Digit Fund.  This gift was part of a new arm of the Digit Fund now called the "Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund". 
Friendship with George W. Bush
In October 2019, DeGeneres attended an NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at the invitation of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. While at the game, she was seated next to former president George W. Bush.  Her friendly interactions with Bush, captured by stadium cameras, attracted criticism due to his past opposition to same-sex marriage, his administration and his responsibility for the Iraq War and its associated torture and civilian deaths.    Actor Mark Ruffalo was among those who criticized DeGeneres for her friendship with Bush. 
In response to the criticism, DeGeneres explained her friendship with Bush in a monologue on her show.  During the segment, she maintained that she believes personal relationships should transcend political differences and compared her friendship with Bush to her friendships with people who wear fur, a practice she does not condone.  Former first lady Michelle Obama was among those who defended DeGeneres. 
Published: 00:18 BST, 11 June 2013 | Updated: 07:45 BST, 11 June 2013
She's known for her racy ensembles.
But there's no doubt that Azealia Banks' latest stage costume was one of her most risque yet.
As she performed live during Day Two of the 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island in New York on Saturday, the 22-year-old singer donned a revealing, vibrant orange cut-out bodysuit.
Busting out: Azealia Banks wore a revealing neon bodysuit as she performedduring Day 2 of the 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in New York on Saturday
Baring a bit of everything: The singer showed off bits of almost every part of her body, including a tatto on her right hip
The mesh-covered, neon one-piece was accented with bands of hot pink fabric, but the main attraction of the long-sleeved, figure-hugging number was her busting cleavage.
And the suit didn't shy away from baring parts of her toned arms, firm derriere, lean legs, and flat tummy either.
The Yung Rapunxel rapper teamed the funky bodysuit with a pair of black high-top sneakers, featuring a bright pink sole to match her ensemble.
Lean limbs: The figure-hugging ensembles accentuated her toned figure
But it wasn't just Azealia's stage outfit that caused a buzz as she stood on stage with her long, curly locks flowing down her back.
As she entertained the massive crowd, the New York native made a series of wacky facial expressions and gestures.
One snap caught the songstress with her tongue hanging out, as another showcased her with a pouty face.
Giving it her all: Azealia certainly worked out a sweat as she performed, glistening on stage
Funny faces: The Harlem-born singer was seen making a duck face and growling at the audience
Getting her fans riled up, she also flexed her biceps, appearing to be growling at the audience.
After an energetic performance, Azealia tweeted: 'I had so much fun at @GOVBALLNYC now it’s time for……' along with a pciture of a Dallas BBQ menu.
Azealia came to fame with her hit single 212 in December of 2011 and aside from donning controversial outfits, she has been involved in a number of Twitter feuds with fellow artists such as A$AP Rocky and Rita Ora.
Wonder woman! The rapper flexed her muscles as she flashed her teeth with aggression
Worked up an appetite! 'I had so much fun at @GOVBALLNYC now it¿s time for¿¿' she tweeted after the show