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Book Name Unbearable Lightness
Pages 320
Author Portia de Rossi
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Only Portia de Rossi could write such a heartbreaking memoir only a decade after her worldwide success. She is one of the most loved and recognized actresses in Hollywood. But all of it came crashing down when she fell dangerously ill as a young girl. She lost nearly thirty pounds in two weeks and was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.

In this startling and intriguing book, Portia de Rossi takes us on a journey through her life as an international film star. Fueled by honesty, humor, and insights she provides a unique perspective on what it means to achieve success in Hollywood—and also reveals herself as a person who has experienced tragedy and regret, sexual abuse, and almost being consumed by body image.

The year is 1992. Portia de Rossi, a teenager from Australia, arrives in Los Angeles as an overnight sensation. By day, she portrays her character on the hit TV show “Ally McBeal,” with a leading role in films to follow. But unbeknownst to others, Portia is battling an eating disorder that would ultimately claim her life at just twenty years old.

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“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”

Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the Hollywood film set in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work—first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside, she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.

In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image takes priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

Even as she rose to fame as a cast member of the hit television shows Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, Portia alternately starved herself and binged, all the while terrified that the truth of her sexuality would be exposed in the tabloids. She reveals the heartache and fear that accompany a life lived in the closet, a sense of isolation only magnified by her unrelenting desire to be ever thinner. With the storytelling skills of a great novelist and the eye for detail of a poet, Portia makes transparent as never before the behaviors and emotions of someone living with an eating disorder.

From her lowest point, Portia began the painful climb back to a life of health and honesty, falling in love with and eventually marrying Ellen DeGeneres, and emerging as an outspoken and articulate advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.

Portia shines a bright light on a dark subject in this remarkable and beautifully written work. A crucial book for all those who might sometimes feel at war with themselves or their bodies, Unbearable Lightness, is a story that inspires hope and nourishes the spirit.

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