Ensler was born in New York City to a Christian mother and Jewish father. She graduated from Middlebury College in 1975. She married Richard McDermott in 1978 and divorced in 1988. She is the adoptive mother of actor Dylan McDermott. She adopted him when he was 18 and she was 26.
- Ensler, Eve (June 12, 2010). "My cancer is arbitrary. Congo's atrocities are very deliberate - Eve Ensler" – via www.theguardian.com.