Sofía Vergara

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Sofía Vergara
Vergara attends the Yahoo News/ABCNews Pre-White House Correspondents' dinner reception, May 2014
Vergara in May 2014
Born Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara
(1972-07-10) July 10, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
Other names La Toti
Occupation Actress, comedian, model, television host and producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Joe Gonzalez (m. 1991–93)[2]
Children 1
Website
www.sofiavergara.com

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish pronunciation: [soˈfi.a βerˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972)[3] is a Colombian actress, comedian, television hostess, and model.

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 2003 film Chasing Papi. 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), and Machete Kills (2013). In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television.[4]

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.[5] In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[6]

Early life[edit]

Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia,[7] to Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, a housewife, and Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, a cattle producer for the meat industry.[8][9][10] She was given the nickname Toti[11] by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins. Vergara was a devout Catholic and attended Marymount School Barranquilla, a private bilingual Spanish/English school.[12]

After a marriage at 18 and divorce two years later, Vergara studied pre-dentistry at a university in Colombia for three years.[8] Many opportunities then arose for her to work in modeling and show business, and Vergara decided to pursue them, leaving her undergraduate studies two semesters shy of her degree.[13] Soon after, she moved to Miami to take advantage of those opportunities and leave behind the unrest in Colombia (her older brother[14] was murdered in 1998[11] during an attempt to kidnap him).[8] She brought her son, mother, and sister with her.[7] Her cousin and adopted sister, Sandra, is also a television actress in the United States.[15]

Career[edit]

Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was soon presented with offers of modeling and television work.[16] Vergara was "apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment."[17] Vergara made her first appearance as a performer at the age of 17 in a Pepsi commercial that was widely broadcast in Latin America.[18]

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 at the 70th Golden Globe Awards

Vergara is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) tall and has naturally blond hair, although for movies and television, she is sometimes asked to dye it brown to make her look more stereotypically Latina (mestizo).[19][20] 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. She 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.[21]

Beginning in 2007, Vergara played Alicia Oviedo in the television show Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives. Her character is essentially the Colombian counterpart to the Mary Alice Young character in the American show. She also appeared on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling's love interest. Vergara has made 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.

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.[22] In July 2011, she finished filming the Farrelly brothers' The Three Stooges, which The Daily Beast described as her first lead 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."[23] In April 2012, she appeared in her son Manolo's YouTube web series Vida con Toty.[24] 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.[25][26] Vergara was named one of People magazine's "50 most beautiful people" and has been recognized by both the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latin Women in Hollywood.[27]

Endorsements[edit]

In 2011, Vergara was named the new face of CoverGirl, with the first advertisements appearing in January 2012.[27] In April 2011, Vergara appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial with David Beckham[28] and another in January 2012.[29] In 2011, it was announced that Vergara is designing a clothing line for Kmart targeting soccer moms[30] and appeared in a number of commercials for Comcast's Xfinity brand and State Farm.[31]

In 2013, she signed endorsement contracts with Diet Pepsi, Rooms To Go, and medicine Synthroid.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Vergara was married at the age of 18 to her childhood sweetheart[7] Joe Gonzalez. She gave birth to their son Manolo in September 1992.[12] They divorced in 1993.[2]

In 1998, Vergara's older brother Rafael was murdered in Bogota.[32] On May 9, 2011, Vergara's younger brother Julio was deported from the United States to Colombia after being arrested in April; Julio also had a longtime drug addiction and previous brushes with the law.[33][34] "To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that's the worst punishment," Vergara told Parade magazine. "Now he's like another person."[35]

Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent iodine radiation therapy, and made a full recovery.[36] She takes medication daily to control the symptoms of hypothyroidism.[37]

On July 10, 2012, it was reported that Vergara and her scion boyfriend Nick Loeb were engaged.[38][39][40] On May 23, 2014, Vergara announced that the engagement had been called off.[41]

In July 2014, it was reported that Vergara began dating True Blood star Joe Manganiello.[42]

Her sister Sandra is also an actress; Sandra is biologically her cousin but was adopted by Sofia's parents.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Trouble Nina
2003 Chasing Papi Cici
2004 The 24th Day Isabella
2004 Soul Plane Blanca
2005 Lords of Dogtown Amelia
2005 Four Brothers Sofi
2006 Grilled Loridonna
2006 National Lampoon's Pledge This! Herself
2008 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Cheryl
2009 Madea Goes to Jail T.T.
2011 The Smurfs Odile Anjelou
2011 New Year's Eve[44] Ava
2011 Happy Feet Two Carmen Voice
2012 The Three Stooges Lydia Harter
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Gabby Babblebrook Voice
2013 Machete Kills Madame Desdemona
2013 Fading Gigolo Selima
2014 Chef Inez
2014 Wild Card D. D. Completed
2015 Don't Mess with Texas Filming

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Acapulco, cuerpo y alma Irasema
1995–1998 Fuera de serie[citation needed] Herself Co-host
1999 A que no te atreves[citation needed] Herself Co-host
1999 Baywatch[citation needed] Herself 1 episode
2002 My Wife and Kids Selma 1 episode
2004 Eve April Perez 1 episode
2004 Rodney Carmen 1 episode "Dream Lover"
2005 Hot Properties Lola Hernandez 13 episodes
2005 Punk'd[citation needed] Herself 1 episode
2007 Entourage Village Girl 1 episode "Welcome to the Jungle"
2007 Amas de Casa Desesperadas Alicia Oviedo 23 episodes
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Esperanza Villalobos 13 episodes
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Sofía Montoya 4 episodes
2008 Fuego En La Sangre Leonora 10 episodes
2008 Men in Trees Pilar Romero 2 episodes
2009 Dancing with the Stars[citation needed] Herself Guest Appearance
2009–present Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Main role
120 episodes
2011 Plaza Sésamo[citation needed] Herself
2012 Saturday Night Live Host Season 37, Episode 18
2013 The Cleveland Show Señora Chalupa 1 episode "The Essence of Cleveland"
2013 Family Guy Buxom Woman / Hispanic Woman 1 episode "The Giggity Wife"
List of credits as producer
Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Killer Women Executive producer
Music Video
Year Title Artist
1997 "Que Diera" Carlos Vives

Theater[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2014, Vergara was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She had risen from her 2013 position at #38.[6]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2005 Black Reel Award Four Brothers Best Ensemble (with cast) Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with cast) Nominated
2009 ALMA Award Madea Goes to Jail Best Actress in Film Nominated
2010 NAACP Image Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Award Modern Family Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with cast) Won
2011 ALMA Award Modern Family Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award Modern Family Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2011 Imagen Foundation Award Modern Family Best TV Actress Won
2011 NAACP Image Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2011 2011 Kids' Choice Awards The Smurfs Favorite Film Actress Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Satellite Award Modern Family Best Supporting TV Actress Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (with cast) Won
2011 Golden Raspberry Award New Year's Eve Worst Ensemble (with cast) Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Modern Family Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 ALMA Award Modern Family Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Glamour Awards N/A Comedy Actress Won
2012 Golden Globe Award Modern Family Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Award Modern Family Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Award Modern Family Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 People's Choice Award Modern Family Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Award Modern Family Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2014 2014 Kids' Choice Awards Modern Family Favorite Funny Star Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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