01/09/2013 08:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Portia De Rossi Before Ellen DeGeneres (PHOTO)

Portia de Rossi (who was actually born as Amanda Lee Rogers) is an Australian model and actress who rose to fame on the hit TV series "Ally McBeal." First wed to film-maker Mel Metcalfe, de Rossi went on to marry talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and subsequently ended up as half of one of the best-dressed couples in Hollywood.

In this 1998 photo Portia shines in a fabulous red dress that shows off her feminine curves. We would gladly carry her adorable beaded purse today, and those beachy waves put ours to shame. She finished off her look with a pair of strappy black sandals -- some things always work.

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WireImage/Jim Smeal

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