Portia de Rossi takes Ellen DeGeneres' last name

Friday September 24, 2010

From now on Portia de Rossi will officially be known as Portia DeGeneres.

The Australian actress (left) has legally taken on her wife's surname, two years after getting married.

In a closed hearing on Thursday, a LA Superior Court commissioner granted Portia's request to take on the last name of her spouse.

The name petition states that her new full name is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

"I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife's name," the 37-year-old Arrested Development star said in a statement.

"I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes."

Neither Portia – born Amanda Lee Rogers – nor chat show host Ellen were present at the hearing.

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

Photo: © Rex

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