The fixer

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 26 FEBRUARY -

while por­tia de rossi is best known as nelle porter in legal drama se­ries ally mcbeal (1998-2002) and be­ing mar­ried to come­di­enne talk­show host icon ellen degeneres (they got hitched in 2008), she’s cur­rently on tv as el­iz­a­beth north in sea­son 4 of the fixer (2012-cur­rent).

the 41-year-old’s been an amer­i­can cit­i­zen since 2011, but did you know that she was born in australia? por­tia isn’t even her real name – she was born amanda lee rogers. “por­tia” comes from shake­speare play the mer­chant of venice and she wanted “an ital­ian-sound­ing name to rein­vent my­self”. she changed her name legally to por­tia lee james degeneres in 2010. when it comes to so­cial me­dia, por­tia’s miles be­hind her wife. ellen’s @theel­lenshow has posted 9 900odd tweets with 38.4 mil­lion fol­low­ers, while por­tia’s @por­ti­aderossi has 380-odd tweets and 226 000 fol­low­ers. why does she feel drawn to legal roles? por­tia stud­ied law at the uni­ver­sity of mel­bourne but dropped out af­ter be­ing cast in 1993 com­edy sirens with hugh grant and fel­low aussie elle macpher­son – she had to be fully naked. por­tia hid her sex­u­al­ity be­cause she wor­ried about be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against. she mar­ried doc­u­men­tary direc­tor mel met­calfe in 1996 but di­vorced in 1999, say­ing that “it ob­vi­ously wasn’t right for me”. she was outed in 2000 when pho­tos of her and girl­friend francesca gre­gorini (bea­tles star ringo starr’s step­daugh­ter) hit tabloids but they split in 2004 af­ter por­tia met ellen on the set of ally mcbeal. she re­vealed her trou­bled past in her 2010 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy un­bear­able light­ness, where the actress ex­plained how ellen saved her from eat­ing dis­or­ders. along with ellen, por­tia’s a big-time phi­lan­thropist and helps or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing locks of love (they do­nate hu­man-hair wigs to kids with med­i­cal con­di­tions that cause them to lose their hair) and an­i­mal so­ci­ety ally cat al­lies.

por­tia de rossi’s bring­ing a new look and feel to the

fixer screens.

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