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Sofia Vergara Bio
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian-American actress, comedian, producer, television host, model and businesswoman.
Sofia Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi (2003). Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films—Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in recent films The Smurfs (2011), New Year’s Eve (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Machete Kills (2013), Chef (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015). In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television.
Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work. Vergara was “apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment.” Vergara made her first appearance, at the age of 17, in a Pepsi commercial which was widely broadcast in Latin America.
At age 20, Vergara moved to Bogotá, Colombia, where she worked as a runway model and television actress. From 1995 to 1998, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore of Fuera de serie (“Out of the Ordinary” or “Over-the-Top”), a travel series in which she visited exotic places around the world. It was telecast on the international Univisión Spanish-language television network and made her a star in the Latin American market. It also gave Vergara television exposure in the United States via the Univisión stations there. She co-hosted the Univisión show A que no te atreves (“I Dare You”) and appeared as a guest star in the season-four opening of the HBO series Entourage. She was photographed for posters and swimsuit calendars, in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
Vergara was under an exclusive television contract with Univisión for several years, and after it expired, she accepted a role with the ABC network in the United States. Vergara appeared on the ABC situation comedies Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity.
Beginning in 2007, Vergara played Alicia Oviedo in the television series Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives. Her character is essentially the Colombian counterpart to the character Mary Alice Young in the American series. She also appeared on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling’s love interest. Vergara has also made many guest appearances in the Mexican telenovela Fuego en la sangre. In 2008, Vergara was ranked 62 on Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list. In 2009, she played “Mama” Morton in the Broadway revival of Chicago for five weeks and began her current role on Modern Family.
In 2011, Vergara was supposed to star in The Paperboy, an independent drama directed by Lee Daniels. When shooting was delayed for a week and conflicted with her Season 3 shooting schedule on Modern Family, she was forced to drop out.
In July 2011, she finished filming the Farrelly brothers‘ The Three Stooges, which The Daily Beast described as her first major leading role in a film. Vergara has stated, “I play a mean woman that tries to manipulate the Three Stooges into killing her husband so that she gets all the money.” In April 2012, she appeared in her son Manolo’s YouTube web series Vida con Toty. Vergara was the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, earning $19 million for the previous 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on July 18, 2012. Vergara was named one of People magazine’s “50 most beautiful people” and has been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latin women in Hollywood.
Vergara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 7, 2015.
She currently stars on the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.