Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi has filed paperwork to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres, reported.

The legal document was filed in L.A. County Superior Court last Friday, but was signed by the actress in late March. “Petitioner is taking the last name of her spouse,” the document says.

During the brief 2008 June-to-November window when gay marriage was legal in California, DeGeneres exchanged vows with De Rossi. The pair announced their engagement during a May taping of DeGeneres' popular talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after a four-year romance.

De Rossi, 37, is an Australian-born actress who gained fame on the hit sitcom Ally McBeal and more recently appeared on FX's sex-obsessed plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck. At the age of 15, she changed her name from Amanda Lee Rogers to Portia de Rossi.

Fifty-two-year-old DeGeneres, who came out gay in 1997 on the cover of Time, is listed on Forbes magazine's annual 100 Most Powerful Celebrities at #23.