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November 3, 2009
Portia de Rossi (born 31 January 1,973) is an Australian actress, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Bluth Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. She currently portrays Veronica Palmer on the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted.
Her first significant role was playing a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1,994 film Sirens. Soon afterwards she moved to Los Angeles and had guest roles on several TV shows, and a permanent role in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, before landing a role in the film Scream 2. She attracted international attention when she joined the main cast of the Ally McBeal TV series in 1,998 playing lawyer Nelle Porter. She remained with the show until its end in 2,002.
In 2,001, she starred in Who is Cletis Tout? with Christian Slater. From 20,032,006, de Rossi starred as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Fox Television's critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning series Arrested Development.
She also portrayed John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, in the made for tv movie America's Prince: John F. Kennedy Jr. Story in 2,003.
From 2,007-2,008, de Rossi appears in Nip/Tuck's fifth season as Julia McNamara's girlfriend Olivia Lord.
She will reprise her role as Lindsay Bluth Fünke in 2,010's film adaptation of Arrested Development.
De Rossi was named number 69 in Stuff's 100 Sexiest Women, 31 in Femme Fatales' Sexiest Women of 2,003 list, 24 in Maxim's 100 Sexiest Women List in 2,004, and in late 2,006, the magazine Blender listed her as one of the hottest women of film and TV. In May 2,007, she was featured as one of 100 Most Beautiful in People Magazine special edition. TV Guide included de Rossi and DeGeneres in their Power A-List couples in 2,007.