They’ve both had long lasting careers on the big screen in different respects, but are Edie Falco and Ellen Degeneres related?
Edie Falco and Ellen Degeneres are not related at all, but they do share a striking resemblance to one another. They’ve been twinned as celebrity lookalikes, but there are no relations at all by either blood or marriage.
Read on to learn more about these big screen personalities that have enjoyed massive careers.
Unrelated, But Very Alike
Both Edie Falco and Ellen Degeneres share more than just one similarity. They’re both of a similar age, with the former being born in 1963, and the latter in 1958. Although they grew up on opposite sides of the country, they gravitated towards similar careers.
Since 1987, Edie Falco has served as an accomplished actor. She’s appeared on a long string of shows, often as a lead role or long-serving cast member. Some of these shows include The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, Law and Order, and Tommy. There’s an interview on YouTube wherein Falco discusses the ending of the Sopranos.
Aside from that, Edie Falco has also taken to the big screen, appearing in dozens of movies. She’s also played characters on stage all over the United States. Similarly, Ellen Degeneres found her way onto the screen in the late eighties.
She’s found her start as a standup comedian but gravitated towards acting at a relatively late age. She landed her first acting role in 1989 when she was almost thirty years of age. However, after that first foray, she’d appear on a considerable list of television shows and movies.
Same Screen, Different Roles
While Edie Falco made her fortune with her acting acumen in roles written for her, Ellen tried to gravitate in a self-named direction. During her career, she served as the star, writer and executive producer of two sitcoms. In these, she served as the main character and was always named Ellen.
From 1994 to 1998, the show titled ‘Ellen’, starring Ellen as Ellen saw considerable success. After a 109 episode run, the show ended. In 2001, she tried to create another sitcom. This one was titled The Ellen Show and had much less success.
Following her time as an actor, Ellen decided to gravitate toward presenting. While Edie Falco was acting, Ellen started a show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This talk show would go on to be extremely successful, and by 2020 had run for seventeen years.
Although she jumped out for occasional roles – such as Dory in Disney’s Finding Nemo – she remained a talk show host primarily. Edie Falco would remain acting in earnest, however.
However, the similarities don’t end there for the two, of course. There was a time when the two leading ladies could have been mistaken for one another. In a reality post by Huffington, you can see the stark visual similarity between the two.
Another way in which these two women stand apart is in their monetary and financial success. As of 2020, Edie Falco boasted a net worth of around forty million dollars. Ellen, however, was worth over three hundred million.
Not satisfied with just being a television personality, Ellen expanded. She launched a lifestyle brand in 2015 and started serving as a commercial spokesperson as early as 2004. In 2010, she launched a record label. By 2018, she was the 15th highest-paid entertainer in the world.
She remains an outspoken advocate for human and animal rights, as well as veganism and LGBTQ rights. In 1997, Ellen came out as a lesbian, something that shocked the media at the time. By 2008, she’d married her long-time partner, Portia de Rossi. As of 2020, the couple was still happily married.