Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

Unbearable Lightness

By Portia de Rossi

  • Release Date: 2017-01-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 732 Ratings
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Born Mandy Rodgers just outside of Geelong, Portia de Rossi is one of Hollywood's most intriguing and talked about stars. Finding early success in the Australian film Sirens, Portia went on to starin the hit television series Ally McBeal, as well as the cult hit Arrested Development, launching her Hollywood career - and eventual high-profile marriage to Hollywood mega-star Ellen DeGeneres. Butdespite her success, Portia was plagued by self doubt, depression, anorexia and bulimia. Starving herself, involved in a fake heterosexual relationship and terrified of being ‘outed' by the press, Portialived a Hollywood nightmare for years. Shockingly candid, outrageously funny, self-deprecating and no holds barred, Portia de Rossi's autobiography is a frank and funny account of her not-so-perfect Hollywood life.


  • Amazing

    By Angeljodie04
    I purchased and read this book in 2013 but have just re read it. It's filled with so much detail and depth I am blown away by her ability to go there and share it with the world. I am sure revisiting those days could not have been easy but I and I'm sure many others appreciate it to no end. Such a good and powerful read.
  • Unbearable lightness

    By Taichani
    Thanks Portia, I've never had an eating disorder nor been terrified of being sexually confused, although I am. Your book gave an insight that was wonderfully honest and scarily insightful. I'm sure this will help others as it helped me. Is there anything you know that could help with being asexual?
  • Thank you...

    By Krisbutterfly
    Thank you Portia for your incredible book....you are amazing and such a lovely lady.
  • WARNING do not read if you have a history of negative body image

    By ebony hart
    Though not her intention, this book is dangerous and drowned with negative energy. Portia is a strong woman who has come out from a very dark place but i do not recommend this book if you have a history of negative body image, anorexia or bulimia. Reading this took me back into the underworld of anorexia, it completely flooded my brain. Soon I became obsessed with Portia and started watching all her interviews where she would speak about her ED struggles. I was in ED recovery when I started reading this book but it caused me to relapse and i haven't felt the same since. When I was reading I had panic attacks on 3 different occasions, and though I vowed to myself to stop reading I could not put this book down because it fueled the fire inside me to start my bad habits again. It reminded me that I was not alone, that the ferocious voice of Anorexia was not just for me but for other people as well and I wanted it back all for myself. I wasn't unique in my illness anymore, suddenly it was normal again for me to sabotage my body just like how Portia describes doing to herself. She even taught me some new extreme weight loss practices I never thought of before. I have since deleted this book from my iBooks library but have reconsidered (and had to resist) on many occasions reading this book again for "thinsporation" when I'm feeling weak. I haven't been in the same head space I was in my recovery since I finished this book. It's been nearly 7 months. I do not recommend
  • Awesome

    By Kaz Woo
    What a fantastic book. So easy to read but so meaningful.
  • Amazing

    By GeorgieMallins
    This is such a raw and honest insight into a lifestyle that people like to pretend doesn't exist. Portia is incredible and if you didn't love her before you read this book, you will when you finish.
  • Unbearable lightness

    By Fun for all ok
    Brilliant! Amazing Portia.
  • Fine line

    By Spewcat
    Thank you Porsche for writing so honestly. I've been struggling for 30 yrs with food/weight, this has shown me there is a very fine line between obesity and anorexia. Great read.
  • Spectacular

    By Sim1cha
    Such an exposed and open book. So proud you must be of your journey Portia. Thank you so much for sharing it.
  • Eye opening

    By Axellearnoux
    Interesting book about Portia's eating disorder and her recovery. I enjoyed this quick read and insights into her self- hate. As a woman, there were certainly thoughts she had and events that Portia went through that I could identify with.