"I love her and I am very proud to be her wife. I made up my name because I thought it was important to be independent of my family and... be an individual... As I have gotten older, I've realised the importance of belonging, and I really wanted to be a part of Ellen's family... By taking her name, (it) makes me feel like I have a family." Actress Portia De Rossi on her decision to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. She'll retain her stage name professionally.