Is that a great Italian name or what? Too bad it's only a stage name; she was originally Mandy Rogers
from Melbourne, Australia. Maybe Portias get better roles than Mandys.
De Rossi became a star playing an attorney on "Ally McBeal", a role she landed in 1998. Life imitates
art, or in this case the other way around: in the early '90's, she studied to be a lawyer, but switched to acting after being
cast as one of the beautiful temptresses in the movie "Sirens" (1994).