Amanda Lee Rogers (Portia de Rossi)

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Amanda Lee Rogers (Portia de Rossi), Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; January 31, 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi is an Australian-American actress, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth F√ľnke on the sitcom Arrested Development. She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and Olivia Lord on Nip/Tuck.

De Rossi was married to documentary film-maker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999, initially part of a plan to get a green card, but she didn’t go through with it. She said that “it just obviously wasn’t right for me”. In a 2010 interview on Good Morning America, she explained that as a young actress, she was fearful of being exposed as a lsbn.

From 2000 to 2004, de Rossi dated singer Francesca Gregorini, the daughter of Barbara Bach and the stepdaughter of Ringo Starr. She said that most of her family and Ally McBeal castmates didn’t know she was a lsbn until tabloid pictures of the couple were published. She declined to publicly discuss the relationship or her sexual orientation at the time.

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