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Portia de Rossi Officially Takes Ellen DeGeneres' Last Name

September 24, 2010 (2:24 am) GMT
The 37-year-old actress is now officially known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres after a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted her request to take the last name of Ellen.
Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi

"" star is now officially Mrs. DeGeneres. During a closed hearing on Thursday, September 23, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner has granted Portia the right to take the last name of her wife, , Associated Press reported.

The name change petition states that Portia's full name is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres. In a statement, the 37-year-old actress said, "I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife's name. I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes."

Ellen, in the meantime, joked about the changing name on her Twitter page. On Thursday, the host of "" wrote, "I just got some amazing news. The court has granted Portia's name change. She's now officially Portia Winfrey."

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres wed on August 16, 2008 at their home in Beverly Hills, California. On taking their relationship to the ultimate level, Portia previously stated, "Marriage is a different way of being together. It's legal, and it's real, so there's that kind of formality to it that makes it very valid."

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