Portia de Rossi is a model and actress of Australian ancestry with a net worth of $50 million as of 2022. It’s worth mentioning that a substantial portion of Portia’s net worth has been coupled with that of her immensely successful wife 2007, Ellen Degeneres. Portia is arguably most well-known to the general public for her work on the television show “Arrested Development.”
Portia De Rossi Net Worth 2022
|Net Worth:||$50 Million (2022)|
|Date of Birth:||1973-01-31|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.708 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Comedian, Model|
Portia De Rossi Early Life
Portia Lee James DeGeneres, professionally known as Portia de Rossi, has been born Amanda Lee Rogers on January 31, 1973, in Horsham, Victoria, Australia.
Margaret, her mother, was a medical receptionist. Unfortunately, her father, Barry Rogers, died when she was just nine years old. De Rossi was raised in Grovedale, Victoria, and frequently modeled for print and television advertising as a child.
When she was fifteen years old, she took the stage name Portia de Rossi, inspired by the character Portia in William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice.” She visited Geelong Grammar School and afterward studied law at the University of Melbourne.
Portia De Rossi’s Career
De Rossi made her screen debut in 1994 as a teenage model in the Australian film “Sirens” (1994). She relocated to Los Angeles, California, shortly thereafter, where she began securing guest roles on numerous television shows.
A recurring part of the sitcom “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher” helped her expand her following and get a role in the film “Scream 2.” (1997). De Rossi then joined the main cast of such show “Ally McBeal” in 1998. Her portrayal of a lawyer, Nelle Porter, helped her earn international recognition, and she remained with the show until its conclusion in 2002.
De Rossi later starred opposite Christian Slater, Rupaul, and Tim Allen in the 2001 film “Who Is Cletis Tout?” Then, from 2003 to 2006, she starred in Fox Television’s “Arrested Development” as Lindsay Bluth Fünke.
She would later reprise this character in 2013 on Netflix’s relaunch of the show, and again from 2018 to 2019. She began “Scandal” in the fourth season as recurring character Elizabeth North and was elevated to series regular in the fifth season, before being killed off the show in the sixth season.
She has also appeared on shows such as “Nip/Tuck,” where she played Olivia Lord, Julia McNamara’s girlfriend in the fifth season; “Better Off Ted” on ABC (2009–2010), where she played Veronica Palmer; and a few episodes of “Mister Sterling” (2003), “Mockingbird Lane” (2012), “Sean Saves the World” (2014), “Santa Clarita Diet” (2017), and “Family Guy” (2017).
Among the films in which she has appeared are the television film “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story” (2003), in which she portrays JFK Jr.’s wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy; “The Night We Called It a Day” (2003), in which she portrays an Australian reporter; the thriller “Cursed” (2005), in which she portrays a fortune-teller; and the film “Now Add Honey” (2006), in which she portray (2015). De Rossi announced her resignation from her wife’s show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” in May 2018.
She has announced that she will work on future seasons of “Arrested Development” as an exception to her retirement. Along with her acting career, she has written an autobiography, “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain,” (2010), in which she details her medical issues and battles with eating disorders.
Portia De Rossi Personal Life
De Rossi previously married Mel Metcalfe, a director, from 1996 until 1999. She has stated that a factor in her decision to stay in the relationship despite the fact that it was not working for her was her fear of being discovered as a lesbian, particularly as a young actress.
She did not express her sexual orientation openly at the time, but dated Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini (Ringo Starr’s stepdaughter) from 2001 until 2004.
De Rossi then began dating Ellen DeGeneres in 2004 after meeting backstage at an awards show. Shortly thereafter, in 2005, she talked publicly for the first time about her s*xuality and orientation in media interviews. DeGeneres proposed in 2008, and the couple married in August at their Beverly Hills home in a small ceremony attended by only 17 people, including their mothers.
In August 2010, she legally changed her surname to Portia Lee James DeGeneres and was granted US citizenship in September 2011.
Portia De Rossi Nominations and Awards
De Rossi has been on numerous lists, including Stuff Magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women,” Femme Fatales’ “Sexiest Women,” Maxim’s “100 Sexiest Women,” and People Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful.”
She also won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1999 as a member of the ensemble cast of “Ally McBeal,” was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award multiple times for her work on “Arrested Development,” and won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in 2005 for her work on “Arrested Development.” She also shared the 2004 TV Land Awards’ Future Classic Award with fellow “Arrested Development” cast mates Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, and Michael Cera.