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Portia De Rossi takes Ellen DeGeneres' name

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
Image caption The couple married in August 2008 in California

US actress Portia de Rossi has officially taken the last name of her wife, Ellen DeGeneres.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted the former Arrested Development star's request to change her name to that of the chat show host.

The 37-year-old will now legally be known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

The couple, who began dating in 2004, married in August 2008 during a five-month window in which gay marriage was legal in California.

"I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife's name. I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes," the new Mrs DeGeneres said in a statement.

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

On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres joked on Twitter: "The court granted Portia's name change. She's now officially Portia Winfrey."

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