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Portia de Rossi

Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; 31 January 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi ( /ˈpɔərʃə də ˈrɒsi/), is an Australian actress, best 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. Born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, is the daughter of Margaret, a medical receptionist, and Barry Rogers. Her father died when she was nine. She was raised in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong in Victoria, Australia. As a child, she modelled for print and TV commercials. She adopted the name Portia de Rossi at the age of 15, stating in 2005 that she had intended to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and an Italian last name. 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.

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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi Drop $26.5 Million On Astounding Cali Mansion

Ellen & Portia
Drop $26.5 Million On Astounding Cali Mansion

It's the kinda house 99.999% of the world will never see ... let alone OWN -- but TMZ has learned, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi just purchased this $26.5 million mansion in Santa… READ MORE >

Ellen DeGeneres -- Downsizing & Out in Beverly Hills

Ellen & Portia de Rossi
Downsizing & Out in Beverly Hills

After selling their old mega-compound to Ryan Seacrest for $49 million, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are really downsizing ... into a cozy $18 million mid-century modern Beverly Hills… READ MORE >

- 892 days ago
Ellen DeGeneres Trespasser Pleads No Contest

Ellen DeGeneres
Trespasser Pleads No Contest

The woman arrested last month outside the home of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi pled no contest today to a charge of misdemeanor trespassing.Karen Grace Sjoden was sentenced to three years… READ MORE >

- 1322 days ago
Intruder Arrested at Home of Ellen DeGeneres

Intruder Arrested at Home of Ellen DeGeneres

A female intruder was arrested earlier this week for trespassing on the property of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, but never made contact with either. A rep for the talk show host tells us,… READ MORE >

- 1351 days ago
Portia de Rossi -- Officially Portia DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi --
Officially Portia DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi is no more ... at least in the name department ... because she's now officially known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.TMZ has learned a judge granted Portia's name change petition… READ MORE >

- 1494 days ago
Portia to Ellen: I Want to Be a DeGeneres!

Portia to Ellen: I Want to Be a DeGeneres!

TMZ has learned ... Portia de Rossi will become Portia DeGeneres.Portia has filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.  She filed the papers in L.A. County… READ MORE >

- 1539 days ago
TMZ Live: Gibson, Sheen and DeGeneres

TMZ Live: Gibson, Sheen and DeGeneres

We took your questions on everything -- including Mel Gibson's domestic violence case heading to the D.A., and Charlie Sheen claiming a "Train" song sparked his Aspen fight with Brooke… READ MORE >

- 1539 days ago
Yep, I'm Getting Married

Yep,
I'm Getting Married

Well, she's gone and done it. Ellen's gonna get hitched.A spy in the audience of this afternoon's taping of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" tells us that after Ellen mentioned today's California… READ MORE >

- 2355 days ago
It's the People's Choice to Be Wild

It's the People's Choice
To Be Wild

Johnny Depp and his swashbuckling cast swam away with top honors at the 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards, but some of the most memorable moments were caught on the red carpet.While one "Hero"… READ MORE >

- 2846 days ago
Once, Twice, Three Times the Bluths

Once, Twice, Three
Times the Bluths

"Arrested Development," the critically acclaimed but ratings challenged and recently canceled FOX show, is getting new life in syndication -- via three different outlets. MSN, HDNet and G4 have… READ MORE >

- 3014 days ago

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