The List of All Ellen Degeneres' Girlfriends and How She Overcame a Love Tragedy

Bettina Dizon
Mar 11, 2021
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Like every other person, Ellen DeGeneres has had her share of lovers. Very few, however, know that the tragic loss of one of her past girlfriends is one of the things that shaped her career. 

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Ellen DeGeneres is one of the few notable celebrities that have boldly declared their sexual orientation to the general public despite being famous figures. 

Currently very happy in her relationship, DeGeneres continues to make headlines for other things, like her personal opinions on social issues and for her popular talk show. 

Portia De Rossi

Portia De Rossi, an Australian-American model, and actress is currently married to DeGeneres and has been for over a decade now.

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The svelte beauty first met DeGeneres in 2004, and they quickly hit it off. Some four years later, they tied the knot in their Beverly Hills home with a small group of their tight-knit relations present. 

DeGeneres and De Rossi’s relationship has continuously blossomed, making it one of the few celebrity marriages that seem trouble-free. In 2010, the 46-year-old star legally changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. 

Alexandra Hedison

Before DeGeneres started dating De Rossi, she had been in a relationship with Hedison, an American photographer and actress. Her relationship with Hedison spanned three years, from 2001 to 2004.

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Because of DeGeneres’ love for privacy, however, very little is known about the relationship. Hedison is now happily married to the legendary actress, Jodie Foster. 

Image Credit: Getty Images

Image Credit: Getty Images

Anne Heche

Heche was DeGeneres’ very first girlfriend after she came out in the late 90s. The relationship kicked off sometime in March 1997 but, like Hedison, only lasted for about three years.

The pair made a rather beautiful couple back in those days, and many were saddened when news of their breakup hit the media. 

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The 50-year-old’s highly publicized breakup with DeGeneres threatened to ruin her career, but she has continued to put forth her best foot. Following her relationship with DeGeneres, all of Heche’s romantic relations have been with men. 

Teresa Boyd 

The American Producer Teresa Boyd dated the award-winning comedian for about eight years. Very little is known about the women's relationship thanks to their love for stealth as it came way before DeGeneres publicly came out. 

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Image Credit: YouTube/Star News

Image Credit: YouTube/Star News

Kat Perkoff

Last but most definitely not least is Kat Perkoff, who Ellen DeGeneres dated while still striving to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry.

At the time of their relationship, DeGeneres had been 22 years old and Perkoff, 23. The affair, which was initially damaged by Perkoff’s infidelity, ended rather tragically. 

According to reports, DeGeneres had moved out of their home despite harboring thoughts of reconciling later. The night of Perkoff’s demise, she had gone to beg DeGeneres to reconcile, but her pleas were ignored.

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Image Credit: YouTube/Rachel Perkoff

Image Credit: YouTube/Rachel Perkoff

Hours later, when DeGeneres left an event, she drove past a car accident. It wasn't until the next day before she discovered that Perkoff died in that very accident. 

For DeGeneres, Perkoff’s death was “devastating,” and it was her grief that inspired her very first comedy monologue, “Phone Call to God."

The comedy sketch slowly brought DeGeneres fame and even earned her the title of “Funniest Person in America” in 1982. 

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From her dating history, it can be seen that DeGeneres has a thing for svelte beauties. If nothing else, it is intriguing to know that she is doing well and that most of her past lovers are doing quite well too.

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