In 1999, Soap Opera Weekly writer Marlena called Ellen "a daytime miracle," and named her one of the best "Stand-Alone Actresses" of 1998.
Ellen says one of the best perks she had while working on All My Children was free tickets to New York Yankee home games. Not only are Ellen and her kids big Yankee fans, but she had met several of the players and their wives on the AMC set.
Ellen provides commentary on some of the Guiding Light mini podcasts, "Guiding Light Lite".
Ellen's All My Children character, Cindy, was one of the first characters in daytime television to have AIDS. She recalls that everyone involved in the storyline was concerned about making sure the story would be not only socially relevant but educational.
On the May 29, 2007 episode of Guiding Light, the character of "Frank Cooper" wore his hair in a faux-hawk ala Sanjaya Malakar of American Idol fame. This was a result of an "off-air" bet made between Ellen and WNOR 99 FM's DJ Tommy Griffiths. The DJ promised to donate $1,000 to ForKids if a GL character wore a Sanjaya wig on-air. In the end, $4,000 was donated to ForKids. Tommy and his partner both donated $1,000 each and Ellen matched their money with $2,000 of her own!
Ellen was a presenter at the 2007 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. In addition, she accepted an award on behalf of her show, Guiding Light, which was honored for their "Find Your Light" campaign.
Both in 2006 and 2007, Ellen was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award, for her work behind the camera on Guiding Light.
When Ellen was a child her parents owned a theater. She developed her love of performing by watching the actors on stage.
Ellen made her acting debut when she was three years old in the play Madame Butterfly.
In 2005, Guiding Light became the first soap opera to offer complete episode podcasts on iTunes. An idea which Ellen came up with after her stay-at-home husband told her that he kept up with the show by "turning the volume on the television up really loud" as he cleaned the house.
In January 2007, Ellen and the cast of Guiding Light, traveled to Biloxi, MS to help rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims.
In 1999, Ellen began directing on the CBS soap opera, As The World Turns.
Ellen: (on directing) At first, there's a tendency to say, 'I wouldn't read that line that way,' but then you realize that your job is to help the actors put their talent to its best use.
Ellen: (on "Guiding Light's" partnership with the Hands On Network) Seventy years ago Irna Phillips created Guiding Light with one fundamental theme in mind, 'the brotherhood of man.' We're hoping that this theme and the show's commitment to Hands On Network will resonate with our viewers and motivate people to be the change they wish to see in their own communities.
Ellen: (on motherhood) I love being a mom. I know it's sickening to hear because that's all moms talk about, but we can't help it!
Ellen: (on being the executive producer of a soap opera) It's like being a dictator of a small country.
Ellen: (on "Guiding Light's" partnership with the Hands On Network) Our fans have given us the chance to entertain them for the past seven decades. Giving back to them in their community is our small way of saying thank you!