It’s one thing to be an actress but to be singled out among your peers for exceptionable qualities is a great feat to attain as it takes a lot more effort and skills. Portia de Rossi got them all, a simple, yet sophisticated young lady who has gone all the way in making a name for herself via all the films and movies she has played roles in. The Australian actress is best known for her starring role in a legal dramedy TV series titled Ally McBeal where she acted as the very cool and calculated Nelle Porter and for that, she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Portia is not only good at acting, she is also an amazingly beautiful model who has worked for a couple of print and TV commercials since her early life. More to her hardworking roles in the entertainment industry, the actress made it as a decision to reach out to young people who need help through charity organizations like Locks of Love; a charity group that supports children with alopecia and other related health conditions. Here are more things you would love to learn about this Australian beauty.
Who is Portia de Rossi and How Old is She?
Born on January 31, 1973, Amanda Lee Rogers who is better known by her pseudo name as Portia de Rossi, is a native of Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Her mother Margaret was a medical receptionist while her father named Barry Rogers passed on when Portia was just nine years; leaving her mother to fend for her and her siblings.
Raised in Grovedale, Geelong City of Australia, Portia began modelling from the young age of eleven, appearing in TV commercials and print media but her most significant role was in the 1994 Australian film Sirens.
The English girl with an American-Australian nationality had her name changed when she was fifteen years old. She legally adopted the name Portia from a Shakespearean play The Merchant of Venice which she probably had read and fell in love with. ‘de Rossi’ is an Italian name which she found very attractive and decided to adopt it. About her education, Portia attended Melbourne Girls Grammar School before furthering her education at the University of Melbourne, where she studied law.
Portia’s first acting role in a TV series was with the 1995-96 American sitcom Too Something where she acted as Maria Hunter. She got this golden opportunity and lots more after she moved to Los Angeles. More roles such as Elana Lewis in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher and Carolyn in Veronica’s Closet, followed shortly afterwards. Her rise to fame, however, came after she was cast in the legal comedy-drama Ally McBeal which began airing from September 8, 1998. Not only did she gain the needed fame, the American series further exposed her potentials as is seen in the numerous other films she acted in. Some good examples of these films include The Glow, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. The story, Arrested Development, Dead & Breakfast, American Intellectuals, and women in Film. In fact, the TV star has over 35 credits as an actress in all. No wonder why she is worth $20 million with a mouthwatering amount as salary per season.
Husband, Divorce & Relationship with Ellen
For those who are yet to know, Portia de Rossi is a lesbian and she has been in a number of relationships some of which were not as successful as she expected. Her first relationship was with documentary filmmaker, Mel Metcalfe with whom she exchanged marital vows in 1996 only to separate in 1999 on the basis that Mel had an extramarital affair. The same year she gained her divorce papers, Portia met another American actress, Guinevere Turner but their union ended shortly after their meeting.
Portia was engaged 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 for them to break up after Gregorini discovered that Portia was dating Ellen DeGeneres, another actress, comedian, television and host. It was in fact, during her relationship with DeGeneres that she was bold enough to speak about her sexual orientation. In 2005, during an interview with The Advocate and Details, she made it public about her being a lesbian.
DeGeneres engaged Portia de Rossi with a three-carat diamond ring. They soon got married on August 16, 2008, at their Beverly Hills home. The wedding ceremony was witnessed by about twenty guests including their mothers. Two years after their marriage,(on August 6, 2010,) Portia went ahead with the legal processes of changing her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The petition was on September 23, 2010, granted and in 2011 she officially became a US Citizen. Portia and Ellen are yet to have children of their own but they are enjoying their lives together as a couple.
Portia de Rossi is 5 feet 7 inches tall and she weighs about 126 pounds or 57kg. Moreso, her bra size, waist and hip measures 33-24-35. She also has a pair of blue eyes with blonde hair colour.