August 17, 2008 / 6:19 AM / 10 years ago

Ellen DeGeneres marries girlfriend at home in L.A.: People

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.

Actresses Ellen DeGeneres (R) and her partner Portia de Rossi arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood in this file photo from February 25, 2007. DeGeneres married de Rossi at their home in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to People magazine. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

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.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Alan Elsner)

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