She was educated at Grovedale College and the University of Melbourne, where she studied law.
She has admitted, in an interview she gave to the Daily Mail, to having struggled with anorexia throughout her teens and young adulthood, from which she credits the love of Ellen De Generes and her intensive treatment for having saved her.
Portia de Rossi garnered international attention when she joined the main cast of Ally Mc Beal playing regular lawyer Nelle Porter in 1998. In 2001 Portia de Rossi starred in Who is Cletis Tout? From 2003 to present, de Rossi has starred as Lindsay Bluth Fnke on Fox Television's critically acclaimed Arrested Development.
But for Portia to leave Ellen for a man is the culmination of Ellen’s worst fears.” Is this really the end of Ellen and Portia?The couple has been miserable for years, and recently Portia’s new gig on ‘Scandal’ has only caused more tension between them.From 2000 to 2004, de Rossi dated singer Francesca Gregorini, daughter of actress .During this period, she dodged media questions about her s--ual orientation or the relationship, but was open to being pictured with Gregorini while in public.She also portrayed Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted and Olivia Lord on Nip/Tuck.
She is married to American stand-up comedian, television host and actress Ellen De Generes.In 1988, at the age of 15, Rogers adopted the name Portia de Rossi, by which she remains best known.In 2005, she explained that she had intended to reinvent herself, using the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and an Italian last name.According to National Enquirer’s inside source, “This is the end.Ellen and Portia have been squabbling and drifting apart for some time.was born in Melbourne, Victoria and grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong. Portia's first significant role was as a young, impressionable model in the 1994 film Sirens.