Portia de Rossi

Actor
A willowy blonde with a deft touch in comic roles, Portia de Rossi excelled at presenting the highs and lows of wealthy and powerful women in such television series as "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and "Arrested ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1973 in Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Filmography

Actor (35)

Scandal 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Love Smarts 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arrested Development 2003 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mockingbird Lane 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Better Off Ted 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

Zela (Actor)

Dead and Breakfast 2005 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night We Called It A Day 2005 (Movie)

Hilary Hunter (Actor)

Wendy Williams is on Fire on the Red Carpet 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mister Sterling 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

All About Ally 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Witness 2002 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glow 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Is Cletis Tout? 2002 (Movie)

Tess (Actor)

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Women in Film 2000 (Movie)

Gina Tolk (Actor)

Stigmata 1999 (Movie)

Jennifer Kelliho (Actor)

American Intellectuals 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Girl 1998 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

Sorority Sister Murphy (Actor)

The Invisibles 1997 (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

New York Daze 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

Giddy (Actor)

The Woman In the Moon 1994 (Movie)

Shauna (Actor)

Perfect Assassins (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A willowy blonde with a deft touch in comic roles, Portia de Rossi excelled at presenting the highs and lows of wealthy and powerful women in such television series as "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). A former child model, she endured personal hardships regarding her weight and self-esteem while making her way into acting; supporting parts in minor television series preceded her star-making turn as a steely lawyer on "McBeal." De Rossi showed a lighter side as the flighty Lindsay Bluth-Fünke on "Development" before returning to a variation of her iron mistress persona on the short-lived cult favorite "Better Off Ted" (ABC, 2009-2010). Despite the success of these performances, she was best known to the general public as the spouse of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, but her onscreen talent made her a favorite among comedy fans of all stripes.

Relationships

Margaret Rogers

Mother

Ellen DeGeneres Actor

Wife
Began dating in December 2004 Couple announced they will legally wed after the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage on May 15, 2008 Married Aug. 16, 2008 at their Beverly Hills, CA estate

Francesca Gregorini Actor

Companion
Dated from 2000-04

Mel Metcalfe Actor

Husband
Married in 1996 Divorced in 1999

Barry Rogers

Father

EDUCATION

University of Melbourne

Left before finishing the course to pursue an acting career

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Jay Harrington in the short-lived ABC series "Better Off Ted"

2007

Joined the fifth season of FX's "Nip/Tuck" as Julia McNamara's new girlfriend Olivia Lord

2005

Starred in the Wes Craven thriller "Crused"

2003

Co-starred in the FOX comedy series "Arrested Development" as Lindsay Bluth Fünke

2003

Portrayed Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in the made for TV movie "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story" (TBS)

2001

Starred in "Who is Cletis Tout" with Tim Allen and Christian Slater

1998

Joined cast of the hit FOX comedy "Ally McBeal" as lawyer Nelle Porter

1997

Had featured role in "Scream 2"

1996

Was series regular on The WB sitcom "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher"

1995

Had regular role of Maria Hunter on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Too Something"

1995

Moved to Los Angeles

1995

Portrayed a drug addict in "The Woman in the Moon"

1994

First significant role, playing a young model in the Australian film, "Sirens"

1987

Adopted stage name of Portia de Rossi

1984

Began career as model; also appeared in TV commercials in Australia

Bonus Trivia

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De Rossi revealed to Vogue magazine in April 2006 that she struggled with Anorexia while she was a regular on the hit show "Ally McBeal" (Fox).

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In Aug. 2010, de Rossi filed to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

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On Sept. 16, 2011, Australian-born de Rossi was made a U.S. citizen. Her wife Ellen DeGeneres announced the news on her Twitter page: "Today my wife officially became a U.S. Citizen. Congratulations Portia and America."

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