Soon Portia de Rossi will be no more and Hollywood will only have a Portia DeGeneres. That is if things go well with Portia’s petition to take on her ahhh… spouse, Ellen DeGeneres’ last name.
Now that the state of California has made same sex marriage legal once again, there should be no legal impediment to the granting of Portia’s petition to be able to be legally known as Portia DeGeneres. Actually, her new driver’s license will bear the name Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
This will not be the first time Portia has changed her name, though. She was born Amanda Lee Rogers.
According to Portia, “”I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan. De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers. When you live in Australia, Europe is so far away and so fascinating, so stylish and cultured and sophisticated.”
Taking on Ellen’s last name is Portia’s way of “coming full circle and embracing her life as a gay woman.”