Portia de Rossi
Birth Name: Amanda Lee Rogers
Place of Birth: Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Date of Birth: 31 January, 1973
Ethnicity: English, possibly other
Portia de Rossi is an Australian and American actress, model, and philanthropist. She starred on the television series Ally McBeal and in the film Sirens.
Portia is the daughter of Margaret and Barry Rogers. She is married to American comedian, actress, and television personality Ellen DeGeneres. Her birth name is Amanda Lee Rogers. It does not appear that she has Italian ancestry.
Of her name, she has said:
I picked Portia because I was a Shakespeare fan [Portia is the character in The Merchant of Venice who famously declaims, “The quality of mercy is not strain’d / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.”]. De Rossi because I was Australian and I thought that an exotic Italian name would somehow suit me more than Amanda Rogers. When you live in Australia, Europe is so far away and so fascinating, so stylish and cultured and sophisticated.