Australian actress Portia de Rossi was born in 1973, and asterisked in her 1st film, Sirens (1994), at age 11. She later affected to CA california and forge an acting career, and landed her massive break in 1998 once she was cast because the cold-hearted Nelle Porter on Ally McBeal. alternative notable TV credits embrace arrested development (2003-06, 2013), playing Lindsay Bluth-Funke, the egocentric sister of Michael, Gob and Buster Bluth. de Rossi is additionally better-known for being one half of a Hollywood power couple; she and comedian Ellen DeGeneres wed in 2008.
De Rossi has had a awfully public personal life. A lesbian, de Rossi was married to male filmmaker Mel Matcalfe from 1996 to '99, later stating that she had entered into the union so as to urge a green card. In 2000, photos of the actress along with her then-partner, feminine singer Francesca Gregorini, were leaked to the general public, making speculation close her sexual orientation. Initially, de Rossi neither confirmed or denied the allegations, however she later used the photos as a casual manner of initiating to the general public and to her family, who was previously unaware of her sexual identity.
De Rossi dated Gregorini for four years before becoming romantically joined to comedian Ellen deGeneres; the two first met once de Rossi was a cast member of Ally McBeal, before de Rossi had gone public regarding her