Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Portia de Rossi takes Ellen's name

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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