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Ellen DeGeneres marries girlfriend at home in LA - People
August 17, 2008 / 6:09 AM / 9 years ago

Ellen DeGeneres marries girlfriend at home in LA - People

Ellen DeGeneres (L) and Portia de Rossi arrive at the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Party to celebrate the Academy Awards, the Oscars, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, in this February 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres married her long-time partner, actress Portia de Rossi, at their home in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to People magazine.

DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, exchanged handwritten vows in an intimate ceremony attending by 19 guests, a representative for the couple told the magazine.

The couple have been dating for about four years and have been open about their relationship, appearing at red carpet events in Hollywood together.

DeGeneres announced her plans to wed de Rossi, the former “Ally McBeal” actress, on her talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” in May after California’s Supreme Court overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

DeGeneres made broadcast history in 1997 when her TV alter ego came out of the closet on her ABC sitcom “Ellen,” becoming the first openly gay lead character on U.S. prime-time network television.

She previously had a relationship with actress Anne Heche.

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