Portia De Rossi

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Amanda Lee Rogers
  • Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/31/1973, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor
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This Australian stunner first made waves as a virginal nude model in the 1994 big-screen comedy Sirens. After a succession of small film roles, the actress joined the cast of the hit dramedy Ally McBeal in 1998 and stayed with the series until it ended. Although she continued to take occasional movie parts, the small screen remained her primary medium, and in 2003 she signed on to the ensemble screwball sitcom Arrested Development. The series was a critical success and achieved a cult following, but it was cancelled by FOX in its third season. De Rossi landed a recurring role as Julia McNamara's lesbian lover on the fifth season of Nip/Tuck, but decided to return to comedy in 2009, starring in the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted. Off screen, de Rossi has had a high-profile love life. After a short-lived marriage to a sound engineer, she dated singer Francesca Gregorini, whom she eventually left for comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She and DeGeneres wed in an intimate Los Angeles ceremony in 2008.Portia De Rossi Fast Facts:
  • Officially changed her name when she was 15.
  • Studied law for several years at the University of Melbourne until she dropped out to pursue a career in acting.
  • Turned down a starring role in the 1998 film Gia because of nude lesbian scenes.
  • After years of portraying American characters, had difficulty resurrecting her Australian accent for her role in 2003's The Night We Called It a Day.
  • Has a passion for playing guitar.
  • Underwent laser treatment to remove the tattooed initials of ex-girlfriend Francesca Gregorini from her wedding finger.
  • Portia De Rossi Relationships:
  • Margaret Rogers - Mother
  • Barry Rogers - Father
  • Ellen DeGeneres - Wife
  • Mel Metcalfe - Ex-husband
  • Francesca Gregorini - Ex-significant Other
  • Portia De Rossi Awards:
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Melbourne University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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