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Portia de Rossi is an Australian-born actress best known for her roles in the television series Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and most recently Better Off Ted. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Portia de Rossi is an Australian-born actress best known for her roles in the television series Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and most recently Better Off Ted. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres.

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The author, an actor in movies and TV, (including Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and Better Off Ted), model, and gay rights advocate, writes that "playing the role of heterosexual while fantasizing about being a homosexual had been my reality since I was a child." It's one she played into her 20s, when she was for three years married to a man. Now, she is married to Ellen DeGeneres, whom she met in 2001 after recovering from anorexia and bulimia. De Rossi nicely chronicles the years in between, during which she starved herself to 80 pounds. She artfully draws the reader into the tension of a life lived in secrecy: did anybody notice she lunges rather than walks, the better to burn calories? will anyone guess she is gay? when she nearly fainted, was anyone around? While some details could be viewed as anorexia how-tos, they make it possible to comprehend the twisted logic of de Rossi's frantic daily pursuits, and grasp the enormity of her achievement in overcoming her problems. The path de Rossi took to her happy ending is well worth reading about: her story is a cautionary tale, an inspiration, and a triumph. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"De Rossi's attention to detail is hypnotic."

--"USA Today"


"A stark, well-written portrait of how De Rossi lost control of her life as she became consumed by her struggle for perfection and acceptance."

--"Washington Post"


"Written with artistry, compelling insight and lucid frankness, ["Unbearable Lightness"] offers solid hope and inducement to initiate the odyssey toward self-knowledge and acceptance."

--"The New York Times"


"De Rossi artfully draws the reader into the tension of a life lived in secrecy...her story is a cautionary tale, an inspiration, and a triumph."

--"Publishers Weekly"


"An unflinching self-portrait...frank, brave, and revelatory."

"--Booklist"


"The blunt, pity-free matter-of-factness with which de Rossi shares secrets and lies about her eating disorders and her sexuality makes this forthright confessional story at once shocking and instructional, especially for younger women who may be secretly suffering on their own."

--"Entertainment Weekly"


"De Rossi tells her story with genuine insight and unflinching honesty. You will cheer her on."

--Jeannette Walls


"""Breathtakingly honest, brutal and beautiful."

"--"Jonathan Safran Foer


"In prose as simply elegant--and as powerful--as a little black dress, De Rossi weaves together three themes--the impact of a loving, but lonely girlhood as the child of a single mother, the corrosive effect of constant doubts about her appearance and the internal struggle over her sexuality."

--"Los Angeles Times "(5 star review)


"De Rossi's memoir reminds us that fame and celebrity are no substitute for feeling comfortable in one's own skin."

--Jodi Picoult

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