Funny woman Ellen Degeneres turned serious with girlfriend PORTIA DI ROSSI at the weekend (15JUL06) when they co-hosted a star-studded Hollywood African AIDS fundraiser. Another celebrity couple, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, Christina Ricci and former ER star Noah Wyle were among the guests, who helped to raise $400,000 (GBP222,200) at the charity poolside party. DeGeneres was thrilled with the cash raised and insists it will all go to aiding the health crisis in Uganda: "Every 15 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS. "These people are losing their homes, they have no medical supplies."