Portia Lee James Degeneres aka Portia de Rossi, is an Australian-American actress, model and philanthropist.

She is mostly known for her role as Elizabeth North in American political thriller series, ‘Scandal’ from 2007 to 2017.

She was born as Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia to a medical receptionist, Margaret Rogers and Barry Rogers and raised in Geelong, Victoria.

She gave herself the name ‘Portia de Rossi’ at the age of 15 because she intended to reinvent herself.

She studied law at the University of Melbourne.

In 1994, she starred as a young and impressionable model in an Australian film, Sirens.

She was married to a documentary filmmaker, Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999.

She was ranked as the 69th sexiest woman in Stuff Magazine, 31st in Femme Fatales, and 24th in Maxim.

She dated director Francesca Gregorini, the stepdaughter of Ringo Starr from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004, she started dating Ellen Degeneres, whom she met backstage at an awards show.

She opened up about her sexual orientation in interviews with Details and The Advocate, in 2005.

In a May 2007 special edition of People magazine, she was featured as one of “100 Most Beautiful People.”

When the same-sex marriage ban was overturned in 2008, Ellen proposed her with a three-carat diamond ring.

They got married on August 16, 2008, at their Beverly Hills home, in the presence of their mothers and 17 other guests.

On August 6, 2010, she filed a petition to change her name to Portia Lee James Degeneres, which was granted on 23 September 2010.

She published her autobiography, ‘Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain’ in 2010.

In her autobiography, she revealed that she suffered from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and was also misdiagnosed with lupus.

In 2017, she revealed that she was sexually harassed by actor, Steven Seagal when auditioning for one of his films.

She made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres’ 60th birthday celebration episode of ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show.’ 

She presented her wife Ellen with a heartwarming gift by building the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

She also set up a foundation called The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

As of 2018, she has garnered a net worth of $20 million.