Portia de Rossi, born Amanda Lee Rogers (Geelong31 January 1973) is an Australian actress. She is best known for the roles Nelle Porter in Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth Fünke in Arrested Development .

Life and work[Edit]Edit

Portia de Rossi grew up in Geelong in Australia and did all young models work for ads and commercials. On her fifteenth she changed her name legally by Amanda (Mandy) Lee Rogers in Portia de Rossi. She called herself to the Portia from William Shakespeare's the merchant of Venice. The Rossi she chose to the exotic Italianappearance; Europe stood in her experience equal to style, culture and sophistication. In an interview with The Advocate in september 2005 she explained that changing her name was associated with the search for identity and the struggle with her homosexual orientation.

After high school she studied law at the University of Melbourne, but left in 1993 to focus on training to set up an acting career. Her first major role she got on her twenty-first in the film Sirens (1994) by John Duigan. She played in it among other things along with Hugh Grant and Elle Macpherson. Shortly afterwards she moved to Los Angeles, taught her Australian accent and had several guest roles in television series, including Veronica's Closet. She gained international fame for her roles in the horror film Scream 2 (1997) by Director Wes Craven and in the television series Ally McBeal (1998-2002). From 2003 to 2006, she played Lindsay Bluth Fünke in theFOXseries Arrested Development .

In the early years of her career she came not out of the closet for fear that this would reduce its chances of success in Hollywood. She was even two years married to documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe. From 2000 to 2004 she had a relationship with singer Francesca Gregorini, the stepdaughter of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.Although there were rumors about their relationship left over from Portia does not and they rarely appeared together in public. In december 2004 she officially came out of the closet when she got a relationship with comedian and presenter Ellen DeGeneres, which her then partner Alexandra Hedison for her left.

After on 15 may 2008 by the California Supreme Court , it was considered that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the State Constitution and therefore should be raised, made Ellen DeGeneres in her talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show their engagement known. On 16 August 2008 she got married.




  • 1994-Sirens
  • 1995-The Woman in the Moon
  • 1997- Scream 2
  • 1998-Astoria (television film)
  • 1998-Girl
  • 1998-Perfect Assassins (television film)
  • 1999-The Invisibles
  • 1999-American Intellectuals
  • 1999- Stigmata
  • 2001-Women in Film
  • 2001- Who Is Khalid Tout?
  • 2002-The Glow (television film)
  • 2003-Two Girls from Lemoore
  • 2003-America's Prince: The John f. Kennedy Jr. Story (TV movie)
  • 2003-I Witness
  • 2003-The Night We Called It a Day
  • 2004-Dead & Breakfast
  • 2005-Cursed
  • 2008-The Shift-Ambition to Meaning

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