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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 January 1973Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Birth NameAmanda Lee Rogers
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Mandy Rogers, at 15, she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied law. Although she studied diligently, in 1993, Portia found herself giving special notice to a casting director who had seen her in a commercial, and she soon after auditioned for Sirens (1993), a low budget comedy, starring Hugh Grant. She was cast in the role of Giddy, one of the three gorgeous models in the movie. It wasn't until 1997, however, that Portia at last began to attract real attention. She turned an unforgettable role as Murphy in Scream 2 (1997), and in 1998, she joined the cast of Ally McBeal (1997) as the "Ice Queen", Nelle Porter. She has also worked on such projects as Stigmata (1999), Girl (1998), and The Invisibles (1999), and she has appeared on several magazine covers, including Shape. After more than a decade of hard work, Portia is finally beginning to win real recognition, not only for her long golden tresses, but also for her wonderful talent.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: bcnu_84@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Ellen DeGeneres (16 August 2008 - present)
Mel Metcalfe (1996 - 1999) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Very long wavy blonde hair

Trivia (8)

Got the role of Nell Porter on Ally McBeal (1997) after Vanessa Marcil was forced to turn it down, due to signing on to Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
Got her role in Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) after Sarah Michelle Gellar turned it down.
Sang backing vocals on now ex-girlfriend's Francesca Gregorini's album "Sequel" (2003).
Shares a birthday with Arrested Development (2003) costar Jessica Walter.
Her wedding with Ellen DeGeneres on August 16, 2008, took place at their house in Beverly Hills, California, and was attended by her mother and brother and by Ellen's parents.
Shares a birthday with her grandmother, who was born in 1907.
In September 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted Portia's request to take the last name of her wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Portia is now legally known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
Has two nieces named Eva and Perry Rogers. Parents are her older brother Michael and Casey Rogers.

Personal Quotes (43)

In high school I had sex with girls quite a few times. They were straight women who I convinced to jump in the sack with me.
I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay.
I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don't have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans.
My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later.
Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there's a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
I want to exude strength and intelligence.
I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time. You don't see enough of that.
I married him for a green card. We had a really great, caring relationship; it just obviously wasn't right for me.
I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it's beautiful. I'm such a romantic, and I always have been.
My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it's not the totality of me.
Even if I'm hormonal and I feel like I've got a couple pounds of water weight, I will never starve myself, I will never, ever go on a diet.
The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn't really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I'm gay know.
If you've looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That's just the way it is.
When I was anorexic it just seemed like I literally wanted to disappear. And now I would like to reappear.
I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time.
I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality.
I have a very, very healthy relationship with food in that I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I never restrict quantities or types of food.
I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay - which was so annoying!
I don't even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me.
I did a lot of fast talking as a youth; I was pretty good at it. I was never talked into it - I was always the one doing the talking.
I really never stopped thinking about Ellen, because I just haven't felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life.
I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot. She took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life.
I never, ever, restrict food, and I will never go on a diet ever again.
I love to work. I really enjoy getting up really early and driving downtown. I just really love the process of acting and being on a series.
I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn't see myself as a gay woman, even though that's where my heart was.
It sounds so trite, but my private life is mine.
If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing.
I was very sexual from a very young age.
I thought, I'm out in my life, that doesn't involve my public life.
I stumbled into acting and just loved it. I deferred law school-and I'm still deferred.
We must be able to inspire. That's my goal in acting.
The first time I was paparazzi'd, I thought I was being investigated for an insurance claim.
Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has become the television actress.
People might find me attractive, but it's also my job to prove that I can be intelligent.
Oh, I don't have any fans. Personally? I don't have any.
Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone's critiquing.
I've had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn't going to talk about it.
I saw Ellen and my knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that. Then when I saw her that night, we started talking, and that's that.
I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress.
When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly.
You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy.
When I watched Ellen come out in '97, my jaw was on the floor. I thought, There are some people who break the doors down, hold them open, and some people who walk right through.
When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name.

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