Portia de Rossi

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Portia de Rossi

de Rossi in February 2007
Born Amanda Lee Rogers
31 January 1973 (1973-01-31) (age 41)
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian-American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse Mel Metcalfe (1996–1999; divorced)
Ellen DeGeneres (m. 2008)

Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; January 31, 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi (/ˈpɔərʃə də ˈrɒsi/), is an Australian-American actress, model and philanthropist. She is best known for the television work on series such as Ally McBeal and Arrested Development.

Early life[change | change source]

She was born in Horsham, Victoria, Australia.[1] She is the daughter of Margaret, a medical receptionist, and Barry Rogers.[2] Her father died when she was nine.[3] She grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria. She modelled for print and TV commercials as a child. In 1988, at the age of 15, Rogers adopted the name Portia de Rossi, by which she remains best known; in 2005, she explained that she wanted to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and an Italian last name.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

She wrote a book about her battle with anorexia called Unbearable Lightness: A story of loss and gain.[5] At one stage she weighed only 82 lb (37 kg), was eating only 300 calories a day, and taking 20 laxative pills a day.[5]

She is openly lesbian. She married comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles in 2008.[5]

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