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Tuesday 5 May 2015

Portia de Rossi takes Ellen's name

Portia and Ellen married in 2008
Portia and Ellen married in 2008

Portia de Rossi has officially taken wife Ellen DeGeneres' last name.

A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted the Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star's request to take the last name of her partner during a closed hearing. She will now legally be known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

The couple married in August 2008 during the five-month window in which gay marriage was legal in California.

The 37-year-old Australian-born actress asked for the name change last month. Neither woman attended the hearing.

Portia is well-known for her roles on several television series, including Ally McBeal, Arrested Development and Better Off Ted.

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