Portia de Rossi: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation: Actress
  • Real name : Amanda Lee Rogers
  • Sign : Aquarius
  • Date of birth : Wednesday 31 January 1973 (age: 48)
  • Country: Australia

Amanda Lee Rogers of her real name was born on January 31, 1973 in Geelong, Australia. Her childhood was marked by the death of her father when she was 9 years old. She has an older brother. At the same time, to pay for her studies and help her mother, she started modeling as a teenager. She enrolled in law school at the University of Melbourne and planned to become a lawyer. But, in 1993, she was spotted by a casting director and joined the set of John Duigan’s film, Sirens, alongside Hugh Grant. The film was released the following year and this experience confirmed the young woman to take this new path.

In 1997, the aspiring actress begins to be noticed; she appears in the horror film Scream 2 by Wes Craven and especially lands a role in the successful series Ally McBeal. She plays the recurring role of Nelle, a lawyer until 2002, which allows her to acquire a certain notoriety. At the same time, she appeared in several comedies, Girl (1998), American Intellectuals (1999), or Women in Film (2001).

After her departure from the series, she alternates between film and television. In 2004, she found Wes Craven for the film Cursed and gives the line to Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson. The same year, she is in the thriller Dead & Breakfast by Matthew Leutwyler. She returned to the small screen with the series Arrested Development between 2003 and 2006.

In 2010, Portia de Rossi published her autobiography, Unbearable Lightness, in which she recounts her struggle with anorexia.

In 2013, she resumed her role in the series Arrested Development for one season. Since 2014, she has played in the series Scandal.

In May 2018, she announced that she put an end to her acting career to devote herself to a new activity, an art gallery called General Public.

On the private side, Portia de Rossi was married to Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, Mel Metcalfe left her to live with Renee Kappos, the wife of Portia’s brother, Michael Rogers. In 2005, she came out and publicly revealed her homosexuality. Since August 16, 2008, she is married to the American host Ellen DeGeneres, her companion since 2004. In 2010, she officially changes her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.