Portia De Rossi Net Worth

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Portia de Rossi changed her name when she was only 15. After a short career as a model, the Australian got her first role, which started her acting career, in 1993, in the comedy film “Sirens”, which made her move from Australia to Los Angeles. After several small parts, she became famous playing Nelle Porter in the television series “Ally McBeal” and now she continues to score major roles in television series. The television industry brings the biggest part of Portia’s income from appearances in other successful television series too, such as “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher”, “Better off Ted”, “Arrested Development”, and “Scandal”, in which she is now permanent cast.

Portia has also appeared in several films, such as “Scream 2”, “Stigmata”, “Dead & Breakfast”, and “Now Add Honey”. All have added to her net worth

She was on the covers of famous magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, in 2013, Rolling Stone, and Shape, in 1999. Again, contributions to her net worth were substantial.

In 2010, Portia de Rossi had her book published; “Unbearable Lightness” is an autobiography in which the actress talks about her health problems caused by an eating disorder, and about her relationship with her wife Ellen. The book produced another addition to her net worth.

In her personal life, Portia was married to Mel Metcalfe between 1996 and 2001, and after they divorced she had a relationship with Francesca Gregorini, Ringo Starr’s stepdaughter. In 2004 she started dating Ellen DeGeneres, and after the couple married in 2008, Portia changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The couple is considered one of the most powerful in the entertainment industry and their combined net worth is estimated to be $270 million.

Portia de Rossi is also known for her charity support. Some of the organizations which benefit from her involvement in charity are Locks of Love (an AIDS relief organisation from Africa) and Alley Cat Allies (an organisation who works to protect and improve cats’ lives).

Structural info

  • Full Name: Portia de Rossi
  • Net Worth: $20 Million
  • Date Of Birth: January 31, 1973
  • Place Of Birth: Horsham, Australia
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.708 m)
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Model
  • Education: Geelong Grammar School, University of Melbourne, Geelong Grammar School, University of Melbourne
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Spouse: Ellen DeGeneres (m. 2008), Mel Metcalfe (m. 1996–1999)
  • Parents: Margaret Rogers, Barry Rogers, Margaret Rogers, Barry Rogers
  • Siblings: Michael Rogers
  • Partner: Francesca Gregorini, Francesca Gregorini
  • Nicknames: Amanda Lee Rogers , Mandy Rogers , Portia Lee James DeGeneres , Portia Di Rossi , Portia De Rossi , Portia DeRossi
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/portiaderossi
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/portiaderossi
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005577
  • Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, TV Land Future Classic Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance …
  • Nominations: Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Musical or Comedy Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Musical or Comedy Series
  • Movies: Scream 2, Who Is Cletis Tout?, Stigmata, Mockingbird Lane, Dead & Breakfast, Now Add Honey, Cursed, I Witness, The Shift: Deluxe Edition, Sirens, The Glow, The Night We Called It a Day, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, Perfect Assassins, American Intellectuals, Girl, Interrupted, Arr…
  • TV Shows: Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, Ally McBeal, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, Scandal, Ally, Too Something, Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, Ally McBeal, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, Scandal, Ally, Too Something


  • When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn’t fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name.
  • When I watched Ellen come out in ’97, my jaw was on the floor. I thought, There are some people who break the doors down, hold them open, and some people who walk right through.
  • You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don’t think you are gay. It’s enough to drive you crazy.
  • When you have the paparazzi hiding in the bushes outside your home, the only thing you can control is how you respond publicly.
  • I didn’t choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress.
  • I saw Ellen and my knees were weak. It was amazing. And it was very hard for me to get her out of my mind after that. Then when I saw her that night, we started talking, and that’s that.
  • I’ve had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn’t going to talk about it.
  • Just look at all the awards shows now. It has turned into a catwalk. You have to be wearing a certain designer, a certain dress, and everyone’s critiquing.
  • Oh, I don’t have any fans. Personally? I don’t have any.
  • People might find me attractive, but it’s also my job to prove that I can be intelligent.
  • Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has become the television actress.
  • The first time I was paparazzi’d, I thought I was being investigated for an insurance claim.
  • We must be able to inspire. That’s my goal in acting.
  • I stumbled into acting and just loved it. I deferred law school-and I’m still deferred.
  • I thought, I’m out in my life, that doesn’t involve my public life.
  • I was very sexual from a very young age.
  • If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn’t nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing.
  • It sounds so trite, but my private life is mine.
  • I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn’t see myself as a gay woman, even though that’s where my heart was.
  • I love to work. I really enjoy getting up really early and driving downtown. I just really love the process of acting and being on a series.
  • I never, ever, restrict food, and I will never go on a diet ever again.
  • I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot. She took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life.
  • I really never stopped thinking about Ellen, because I just haven’t felt that kind of energy with anyone in my life.
  • I did a lot of fast talking as a youth; I was pretty good at it. I was never talked into it – I was always the one doing the talking.
  • I don’t even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me.
  • I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay – which was so annoying!
  • I have a very, very healthy relationship with food in that I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I never restrict quantities or types of food.
  • I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality.
  • I want young people to see me and think you can be feminine and smart and successful, all at the same time.
  • When I was anorexic it just seemed like I literally wanted to disappear. And now I would like to reappear.
  • If you’ve looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That’s just the way it is.
  • The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn’t really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I’m gay know.
  • Even if I’m hormonal and I feel like I’ve got a couple pounds of water weight, I will never starve myself, I will never, ever go on a diet.
  • My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it’s not the totality of me.
  • I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it’s beautiful. I’m such a romantic, and I always have been.
  • I married him for a green card. We had a really great, caring relationship; it just obviously wasn’t right for me.
  • I try to be feminine, yet intellectual and smart at the same time. You don’t see enough of that.
  • I want to exude strength and intelligence.
  • Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there’s a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
  • My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I’d deal with the other stuff later.
  • I love being able to wear dresses and clothes that make me feel feminine and beautiful, and I love the fact that I don’t have to all the time; I can wear a tank and jeans.
  • I’m living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay.
  • In high school I had sex with girls quite a few times. They were straight women who I convinced to jump in the sack with me.


  • Admitted to have married her first husband Mel Metcalfe mainly in order to obtain a Green Card for a permanent stay in the US. De Rossi didn’t acknowledge her attraction towards women when they married.
  • First husband Mel Metcalfe left her to be with de Rossi’s brother Michael Roger’s wife, Renee Kappos. Metcalfe and Kappos eventually married.
  • Has two nieces named Eva and Perry Rogers. Parents are her older brother Michael and Casey Rogers.
  • In September 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted Portia’s request to take the last name of her wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Portia is now legally known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
  • Shares a birthday with her grandmother, who was born in 1907.
  • Her wedding with Ellen DeGeneres on August 16, 2008, took place at their house in Beverly Hills, California, and was attended by her mother and brother and by Ellen’s parents.
  • Shares a birthday with Arrested Development (2003) costar Jessica Walter.
  • Sang backing vocals on now ex-girlfriend’s Francesca Gregorini’s album “Sequel” (2003).
  • Got her role in Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001) after Sarah Michelle Gellar turned it down.
  • Got the role of Nell Porter on Ally McBeal (1997) after Vanessa Marcil was forced to turn it down, due to signing on to Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).


  • Very long wavy blonde hair


Title Year Status Character
Scandal 2014-2016 TV Series Elizabeth North
Now Add Honey 2015 Beth Morgan
Sean Saves the World 2014 TV Series Jill
Arrested Development 2003-2013 TV Series Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Mockingbird Lane 2012 TV Movie Lily Munster
The Smart One 2012 TV Movie Judith Swann
Revenge of the Nerds 2011 Video short Principal Palmer
Better Off Ted 2009-2010 TV Series Veronica Palmer
Nip/Tuck 2007-2009 TV Series Olivia Lord
The Shift 2009 Video Denise Moore (as Portia De Rossi)
Cursed 2005 Zela
Dead & Breakfast 2004 Kelly – The Bride
Two Girls from Lemoore 2003 Blind Woman
The Night We Called It a Day 2003 Hilary Hunter
I Witness 2003 Emily Thompson (as Portia De Rossi)
Mister Sterling 2003 TV Series Lauren Barnes
America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story 2003 TV Movie Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
The Twilight Zone 2002 TV Series Laurel Janus
The Glow 2002 TV Movie Jackie Lawrence
Ally McBeal 1998-2002 TV Series Nelle Porter
Who Is Cletis Tout? 2001 Tess Tobias
Women in Film 2001 Gina
Ally 1999 TV Series Nelle Porter
Stigmata 1999 Jennifer Kelliho
American Intellectuals 1999 Sarah
The Invisibles 1999 Joy
Astoria 1998 TV Movie
Perfect Assassins 1998 TV Movie Lana Collins
Girl 1998 Carla Sparrow (as Portia Di Rossi)
Scream 2 1997 Sorority Sister Murphy
Veronica’s Closet 1997 TV Series Carolyn
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1996-1997 TV Series Elana Lewis
New York Daze 1995-1996 TV Series Maria Hunter
The Woman in the Moon 1996 Shauna
Sirens 1993 Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Title Year Status Character
Ally McBeal 2000 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Donkey Punch 2009 Short special thanks
Title Year Status Character
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2007-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself – Audience
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
The 42nd Annual People’s Choice Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself
Good Morning America 2013-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
Teen Choice Awards 2015 2015 TV Special Herself
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
It Got Better 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Insider 2015 TV Series Herself
Tab Hunter Confidential 2015 Documentary Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2014 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Herself
Inside the Actors Studio 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Arrested Development Documentary Project 2013 Documentary Herself
The 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
The Mark Twain Prize: Ellen DeGeneres 2012 TV Movie Herself
Rachael Ray 2012 TV Series Herself
The Conversation 2012 TV Series Herself
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Herself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2010 TV Series Herself
The View 2009 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2009 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2009 TV Series Herself
23rd Annual Genesis Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999-2009 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2008 TV Series Herself
The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Audience Member
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
The 33rd Annual People’s Choice Awards 2007 TV Special documentary Herself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
The 32nd Annual People’s Choice Awards 2006 TV Special documentary Herself
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
Behind the Fangs: The Making of ‘Cursed’ 2005 Documentary short Herself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Wendy Williams Is on Fire 4 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself (Interview at VH1 Big in 04)
VH1 Big in 04 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 2004 TV Series Herself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2004 TV Series Herself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Herself
Tussen de sterren 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Behind the ‘Scream’ 2000 Video documentary short Herself
2000 MTV Movie Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
All Star Squares 1999 TV Series Herself – Panellist
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself – Accepting Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
The 1999 Annual Los Angeles Ovation Awards 1999 TV Special Herself – Presenter
MADtv 1999 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Annual Museum of TV and Radio Honors. A Salute to Jerry Seinfeld and David E. Kelly 1998 TV Movie Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Biography 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The O’Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Herself
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime 2004 TV Movie documentary Nelle Porter – Ally McBeal) / Lindsay Bluth Fünke (Arrested Development
The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde 2004 TV Mini-Series Herself


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