Portia de Rossi has made a name for herself not only for her memorable turns on two of television's most innovative and talked-about shows, but is also one-half of one of Hollywood's most prominent 'power couples.' Portia was born Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. As a child, she modeled for print and TV commercials and at 15, changed her name - taking Portia from a character in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and hoping an Italian-sounding last name would make her appear more sophisticated. She attended the University of Melbourne to pursue a law degree, but the urge to act was too strong, and she eventually quit school. She got her big break co-starring with Hugh Grant and Elle Macpherson in the 1994 comedy Sirens. She decided to move to Los Angeles and landed roles in the television series Too Something and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher before winning a role in 1997's Scream 2. In 1998, she shot to stardom when she joined the cast of the FOX comedy-drama Ally McBeal as attorney 'Nelle Porter.' She stayed with the show until it ended its run in 2002. Portia quickly found her way on to another hit series, also on FOX, playing Jason Bateman's materialistic sister 'Lindsay Bluth FÃ¼nke' on the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-winning comedy Arrested Development. Despite the pleadings of the show's fans, the show was canceled in 2005, but talk of a movie are still floating around Hollywood. After a lengthy relationship with singer Francesca Gregorini, she officially came out and opened up about being gay in interviews with Details and The Advocate in 2005. In 2004 she began dating talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. On May 15, 2008, the day that California's Supreme Court of California overturned the ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen announced at a taping of her show that she and De Rossi were engaged to be married, although a date has yet to be set. With such a strong career so far, we're looking forward to seeing her future development as an actress.
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