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Portia de Rossi Bio

Portia De Rossi Bio Smartasses MagazinePortia’s Smartasses Magazine Top 100 Stats

2010 # 90 – 2009 # 74 – 2008 # 37 – 2007 # 37

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Portia Lee James de Rossi DeGeneres

Born: Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Birthday: January 31, 1973

Horoscope Sign: Aquarius

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Smartasses Magazine Top 100 - Female EmpowermentPortia de Rossi Bio – Smartasses Magazine Portia Lee James de Rossi DeGeneres (born January 31, 1973) is an Australian-American actress, model and philanthropist. Born Amanda Lee Rogers, de Rossi is the daughter of Margaret, a medical receptionist, and Barry Rogers. Her father died when she was nine years old. De Rossi adopted the name Portia de Rossi in 1988 at the age of fifteen. She was educated at Melbourne Girls Grammar School and the University of Melbourne, where she studied law. De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe, from 1996 to 1999. She and Ellen DeGeneres wed at their Beverly Hills home on August 16, 2008, and she became a US citizen in September 2011.

De Rossi modeled for print and TV commercials as a child. Her first significant acting role was in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. Soon after, de Rossi moved to Los Angeles, California and had guest roles on several TV shows before landing a role in the film Scream 2. During this time in the United States, she worked diligently to replace her native Australian accent with her current American one. De Rossi is widely known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal, Lindsay Bluth Funke on the sitcom Arrested Development, Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted, and Olivia Lord on Nip/Tuck. In July, 2014, ABC confirmed that she was joining season four of Scandal. In 2010, de Rossi published her autobiography Unbearable Lightness, which talks about the turmoil she has experienced in her life, including suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and being misdiagnosed with lupus.

In 2005, de Rossi explained that she had intended to reinvent herself, using the first name Portia, a character from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and an Italian last name. She is a keen equestrian, who competes regularly and credits horses as being hugely therapeutic in her struggle with anorexia. De Rossi supports a variety of charitable organizations, including Locks of Love, a group that provides wigs for children with alopecia and other medical conditions that cause hair loss. She has also supported fundraising efforts for FXB International, an African AIDS relief organisation, and The Art of Elysium, an art foundation for terminally ill children. An avid animal lover, de Rossi also supports Alley Cat Allies, an organization dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats. She and wife Ellen DeGeneres have also been vegan since 2008, and are strong supporters of the Gentle Barn, a California-based sanctuary for abused animals.

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The mere fact that Portia de Rossi is a devout vegan who supports Gentle Barn, the California-based sanctuary for abused animals, is all the reason anyone needs to consider her inclusion in the SMAG Top 100 each and every year. That is not even to mention Mrs. DeGeneres’ sparkling eyes, deadly smile, and her innate ability to play one of the sauciest and sexiest vixens, Lindsey Bluth on Arrested Development, to ever brighten up your Netflix and Chill days.

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