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Betty DeGeneres is an activist and former speech therapist who was born on May 20, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana, of the United States.
Born Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer, she is more popularly known as Betty DeGeneres. She's the mother of famous American comedian and television personality Ellen DeGeneres.
The New Orleans-born activist worked as a speech and language therapist at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, LA before becoming involved in activist work following her daughter's public coming-out in April 1997.
A campaigner, therapist, author, and mother, Betty DeGeneres has won the hearts of many Americans and is a cherished ally of the LGBT community. Betty has spoken about her sudden dive into the world of activism, saying it feels like her mission in life.
The net worth of Betty DeGeneres is unknown.
The annual earnings of Betty DeGeneres are also unknown.
Betty DeGeneres is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.
Betty DeGeneres is about 92 years old. She was born on May 20, 1930 and is a Taurus.
Betty DeGeneres was born on May 20, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana to an Irish mother named Mildred Morrill, and a German father named William Dick Pfeffer. As per her family life, Betty was the youngest of three daughters after her older sisters Helen and Audrey Pfeffer. She studied speech pathology at Louisiana State University for two years before obtaining her Master's degree and becoming a speech therapist. She would often be involved in college plays alongside none other than Hollywood actress Joanne Woodward.
As of 2022, Betty DeGeneres is not married.
She was married to Elliott DeGeneres from 1952-1974. After the couple divorced, Betty then married Roy Gruessendorf the same year. Betty moved from New Orleans to Atlanta, Texas with Ellen while Vance stayed back with his father. Betty and Roy divorced in 1991.
Betty has two children with her first husband. Their son, Vance DeGeneres, was born in 1954, and their daughter Ellen DeGeneres was born in 1958.
Betty DeGeneres' rise to fame took place after her daughter Ellen publicly came out as a lesbian on April 14, 1997. At the time, Betty had just retired from Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. When Betty's daughter first came out to her, Betty made sure she felt accepted and validated. At the same time, she was worried about the struggles that Ellen would come to face, such as ostracization by friends and family. Betty was soon launched onto the path of activism she would so passionately come to pursue. She went on to become their first straight spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign National Coming Out Project.
Betty DeGeneres has also authored two books titled 'Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey' and 'Just A Mom.'
Betty DeGeneres joined the HRC’s National Coming Out Project as a spokesperson to show support for her daughter and the LGBTQ+ community. The Human Rights Campaign aims to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and mobilize resources to empower them.
Betty also joined PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), an organization aimed at bringing together LGBTQ+ individuals and their family members. PFLAG is the first organization of its kind, and also the largest with 200,000 members spread across more than 400 chapters in the United States.
In 2003, Betty DeGeneres was awarded the Bridgebuilder Award by The Lambda Literary Foundation in appreciation of their literary contributions and work on LGBT issues.
Director Jim Marks said of Betty and fellow awardee Judy Shepard, 'Both in tragedy and success, they have put a human face on the gay condition and reminded us that we are all part of one family.'
Betty DeGeneres is passionate about fighting for LGBT rights. Not only has she given public speeches on the topic, but she also writes openly about her personal experiences as well. At one point, she also wrote a column for PlanetOut called 'Ask Betty.'
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