During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.Her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process.
Closeted at the time, de Rossi explains how De Generes helped her open up about her sexuality.Ellen announced on her show on May 16th, 2008: "Yesterday, if you haven't heard, the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage. So I would like would like to say, right now for the first time, I am announcing I am getting married."Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi were married on August 16th, 2008 in a small ceremony at their home. She changed her name to Portia when she was 15 after a character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Portia also starred in Fox TV's Arrested Development.In 2010 she changed her name again this time to Portia Lee James De Generes. : Portia de Rossi's first movie role was in the low-budget movie Sirens in 1993 opposite Hugh Grant. She was in the series Nip/Tuck from 2007-2009 and in the TV series Better off Ted 2009-2010. : According to the New York Post's Page Six column, de Rossi and De Generes met at a photo shoot in early 2004.