Marriage is another recent addition to Ellen's life. She started dating actress Portia de Rossi in 2004, and they married in August 2008. Portia joined Ellen at the O magazine cover shoot, and Oprah says their love for each other was written all over their faces. "When Portia first walked into the room, I have to tell you, your face lit up," Oprah says. "It was just so sweet."

"I feel very fortunate," Ellen says. "I feel really, really lucky that I found that connection." 

Portia says she knew Ellen was the woman for her the first time they laid eyes on each other. "It took me three years to actually tell her how I felt about her, because I was on Ally McBeal at that time and I was not living as an openly gay person," she says. "I was closeted and very, very afraid that if I talked about being gay it would be the end of my career. So I wasn't about to then date the most famous lesbian in the world." 

Eventually, Portia faced her fears head-on."I felt this overwhelming connection with her, and I just didn't want to miss out on that," she says. "The love overcame the fear." 

Ellen says before they started dating, she had no idea that Portia had feelings for her. "I didn't know until we got together, when she finally told me how she was feeling."


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