It is one thing to be an actress, but to be chosen among peers for exceptional qualities is a great achievement that can be achieved because it requires much more effort and skill. Portia de Rossi has them all, a simple but cultured young lady who has made a name for herself in all the films in which she has played roles. The Australian actress is best known for her starring role in a legal-dramatic TV series called Ally McBeal, where she played the very cool and calculated Nelle Porter and received a Screen Actors Guild Award for it.
Portia is not only good at acting, but she is also an amazingly beautiful model who has worked for several print and TV commercials since her early life. More on her busy roles in the entertainment industry, the actress has made it a decision to reach out to young people who need help from charities such as Locks of Love; a charity group that supports children with alopecia and other related health problems. Here are other things you’d like to know about this Australian beauty.
Who Is Portia De Rossi And How Old Is She?
Amanda Lee Rogers, better known by her pseudonym Portia de Rossi, was born on January 31, 1973, and is based in Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Her mother Margaret was a medical receptionist, while her father named Barry Rogers died when Portia was just nine years old; her mother had to look after her and her siblings.
Growing up in Grovedale, Geelong City of Australia, Portia began modeling at the age of eleven and appeared in TV commercials and print media, but her most important role was in the 1994 Australian film Sirens.
The English woman of American-Australian nationality had her name changed when she was fifteen years old. She legally took the name Portia from a Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice, which she had probably read and fallen in love with. de Rossi’ is an Italian name that she found very attractive and decided to adopt it. As for her education, Portia attended the girls’ high school in Melbourne before continuing her education at the University of Melbourne, where she studied law.
Portia’s first acting role in a TV series was in 1995-96 in the American sitcom Too Something, in which she played the role of Maria Hunter. She got this golden opportunity and much more after she moved to Los Angeles. Other roles like Elana Lewis in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher and Carolyn in Veronica’s Closet followed shortly after. Her rise to fame, however, came after she was cast in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal, which was broadcast from September 8, 1998. Not only did she achieve the necessary fame, but the American series also showed her potential, as in the numerous other films in which she played. Some good examples of these films are The Glow, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. The Story, Arrested Development, Dead & Breakfast, American Intellectuals and Women in Film. In total, the TV star has over 35 credits as an actress. No wonder she’s worth $20 million, with a tasty sum as salary per season.
Husband, Divorce & Relationship to Ellen
For those who do not yet know, Portia de Rossi is a lesbian and she has been in a number of relationships, some of which have not been as successful as she expected. Her first relationship was with documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe, with whom she exchanged marriage vows in 1996, only to break up with Mel in 1999 due to an extramarital affair. In the same year she received her divorce papers, Portia met another American actress, Guinevere Turner, but their relationship ended shortly after their meeting.
Portia was involved in a long relationship with Francesca Gregorini, an Italian-American writer, director, and musician, better known as the daughter of American actress and model Barbara Bach. The two dated from 2001 to 2004, only to separate just after Gregorini discovered that Portia was dating Ellen DeGeneres, another actress, comedian, television, and radio host. It was indeed during her relationship with DeGeneres that she was brave enough to talk about her sexual orientation. In 2005, during an interview with The Advocate and Details, she made it public that she was a lesbian.
DeGeneres hired Portia de Rossi with a three-carat diamond ring. They have married soon afterward on August 16, 2008, in her house in Beverly Hills. The wedding ceremony was witnessed by some twenty guests including their mothers. Two years after their marriage (on August 6, 2010), Portia de Rossi continued with the legal procedures to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The petition was granted on September 23, 2010, and in 2011 she officially became a US citizen. Portia and Ellen do not yet have children of their own, but they enjoy their life together as a couple.
Height And Weight
Portia de Rossi is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 126 pounds or 57 kg. Moreso, her bra size, waist, and hips measure 33-24-35 and she also has a pair of blue eyes with blonde hair.