Portia de Rossi is an actress and philanthropist.
Portia de Rossi modeled for print and TV commercials as a child. In 1988, at the age of 15, Amanda Lee Rogers (later Portia de Rossi) adopted the name she possess and maintains today. In 2005, Portia explained 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. Rossi has admitted to having struggled with anorexia throughout her teens and young adulthood, from which she credits the love of Ellen DeGeneres for having saved her. Portia’s first significant role was playing a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens. Soon afterwards, Rossi moved to Los Angeles, California 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. During this time, de Rossi worked diligently to replace her native Australian accent with her current General American one.
Portia de Rossi attracted international attention when she joined the main cast of “Ally McBeal” in 1998, playing lawyer Nelle Porter. She remained with the show until its end in 2002. In 2001, de Rossi 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 the made for TV movie “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story” in 2003. In 2005, de Rossi portrayed a fortune-teller named Zela in the Wes Craven thriller Cursed. From 2007–2008, de Rossi appeared in Nip/Tuck’s fifth season as Julia McNamara’s girlfriend Olivia Lord. In 2009 and 2010, de Rossi played the high-strung and controlling Veronica Palmer on the ABC show Better Off Ted. In 2011, Portia appeared in Better Off Ted cast member Malcolm Barrett’s music video for “Revenge of the Nerds”, spoofing her character Veronica in a cameo (alongside other cast members of the cancelled series).
Rossi ranked 69th in Stuff’s 100 Sexiest Women, 31 in Femme Fatales’ Sexiest Women of 2003 list, 24 in Maxim’s 100 Sexiest Women List in 2004, and in late 2006, the magazine Blender listed her as one of the hottest women of film and TV. The following year, Portia was featured as one of 100 Most Beautiful in a People magazine special edition. TV Guide included her and Ellen DeGeneres in their Power A-List couples in 2007. De Rossi supports a variety of charitable organizations, including Locks of Love, a group that provides human hair wigs (made from donated ponytails) either free of charge or on a sliding scale based on their own guidelines for children with alopecia and other medical conditions that cause hair loss. Rossie 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 organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of cats.
How Portia de Rossi Made Her Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $20 Million
Birthday: January 31, 1973