Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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Nelle Porter on Ally, Arrested Development
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Portia de Rossi (born 31 January 1973) is an Australian actress, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. She currently portrays Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted. De Rossi was born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia; the daughter of Margaret, a medical receptionist, and Barry Rogers. She was raised in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong. As a child, she modelled for print and TV commercials. Her first significant role was playing a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. Soon afterwards she moved to Los Angeles and had guest roles on several TV shows, and a permanent role in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, before landing a role in the film Scream 2. She attracted international attention when she joined the main cast of the Ally McBeal TV series in 1998 playing lawyer Nelle Porter. She remained with the show until its end in 2002. In 2001, she starred in Who is Cletis Tout? with Christian Slater. From 2003–2006, de Rossi starred as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Fox Television`s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series Arrested Development. She also portrayed John F. Kennedy, Jr.`s wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, in a made for TV movie.
De Rossi is openly lesbian. She was married to a man, documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe, from 1996 to 1999, in part as a plan to get a green card, but says that "it just obviously wasn`t right" for her. From 2000 to 2004, de Rossi dated singer Francesca Gregorini, daughter of actress Barbara Bach and stepchild of Ringo Starr. De Rossi says most of her family and Ally McBeal cast mates did not know she was gay until tabloid pictures of the couple were published. She declined to publicly discuss the relationship or her sexual orientation at the time. De Rossi and Gregorini broke up in late 2004 as de Rossi began dating talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, whom she met backstage at an awards show. In 2005, de Rossi opened up publicly about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate. She became engaged to DeGeneres after the talk show host proposed to her with a three-carat pink diamond ring. They were married on August 16, 2008 at their home, with 19 guests including their respective mothers. They are both vegan. She struggled with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa for four years while filming Ally McBeal. De Rossi supports a variety of charitable organizations, including Locks of Love, a group that sells wigs for children with medical hair loss. She has also supported fundraising efforts for FXB International, an African AIDS relief organization; and The Art of Elysium, an art foundation for terminally ill children.
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Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne Girls Grammar School
University of Melbourne Law School
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Amanda Lee Rogers
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Pink, Red, Blue
Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; 31 January 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi , is an Australian actress, model and philanthropist, known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and Olivia Lord on Nip/Tuck. She is married to American stand-up comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres.
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