Vergara in 2019
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara
July 10, 1972
(m. 1991; div. 1993)
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish: [soˈfi.a βeɾˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972) is a Colombian American actress, television producer, presenter and model. She was the top-earning actress in American television in 2012, 2013, and 2016, and is the highest paid TV actress in the world as of 2019.
Vergara rose to prominence while 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). She subsequently appeared in Four Brothers (2005), and the comedies Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. In 2009, she began playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the ABC comedy series Modern Family, for which she was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Vergara has also had roles in the films The Smurfs (2011), New Year's Eve (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Machete Kills (2013), Chef (2014), and Hot Pursuit (2015); and voice-over roles in the animated films Happy Feet Two (2011), Escape from Planet Earth (2013) and The Emoji Movie (2017).
Vergara was born to a Roman Catholic family in Barranquilla. Her mother, Margarita Vergara de Vergara, was a homemaker, and her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, was a cattle rancher for the meat industry. She was nicknamed "Toti" by her five siblings and many cousins. Vergara initially studied three years of dentistry at National University of Colombia, but left two semesters away from her degree to pursue opportunities in modeling and show business. In 1998, her older brother Rafael was murdered during an attempt to kidnap him. Not wanting to be caught in the unrest that resulted in the murder, Vergara emigrated to the United States, settling in Miami, Florida. Her cousin and adopted sister, Sandra, is also a television actress in the United States.
Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work. She was "apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment." She made her first appearance, aged 17, in a Pepsi commercial aired in Latin America.
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 shooting schedule for the third season of Modern Family, she dropped out.
In July 2011, she finished filming the Farrelly brothers' The Three Stooges, her first leading role in a major film. She said, "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 named by The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latin women in Hollywood.
In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Vergara and others told the stories of the people killed there.
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.
In 2011, Vergara was named the face of CoverGirl, with the first advertisements appearing in January 2012. In April 2011, Vergara appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial with David Beckham and another in January 2012.
In March 2017, Vergara reached a settlement with Venus Concept for alleged improper use of her likeness, which Vergara said created the false impression that she endorsed their beauty products.
On May 9, 2011, Vergara's younger brother Julio was deported from the United States to Colombia after being arrested in April that year; Julio also had a longtime drug addiction and previous brushes with the law. Vergara told Parade magazine, "To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that's the worst punishment. Now he's like another person."
In 2015, Forbes estimated Vergara's annual income at $28.5 million. As of September 2016, Forbes reported that Vergara was the highest-paid actress in television, bringing in $43 million in the past year.
In 2015-2017, Vergara was involved in a legal dispute regarding the future of two fertilized embryos produced by in vitro fertilization while she was still in a relationship with Loeb; the embryos were kept in storage in cryopreservation in a medical clinic in California.
Following the couple's split in 2014, Loeb filed a lawsuit for custody of the embryos in a California court, but later dropped that lawsuit when the court demanded that Loeb identify two women who had abortions after he had impregnated them.
In December 2016, a right-to-live lawsuit against Vergara was initiated in Louisiana with Vergara's embryos as plaintiffs; the embryos were named "Emma" and "Isabella" in the lawsuit, and their "trustee" was listed as James Charbonnet, a New Orleans resident of no relation to Vergara. The intent of the suit was to give the embryos a chance to further develop using a surrogate carrier, hence to be born, and to benefit from an inheritance trust that had been created for them and is administered by Charbonnet. While a contract between Vergara and Loeb had been signed prior to the creation of the embryos stipulating that neither party could use the embryos without the consent of the other, the lawsuit had tried to void this agreement. Loeb had written “Keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them,” in a 2015 op-ed in the New York Times. The suit also tried to terminate parental rights of Vergara because by keeping them in cryopreservation in a medical clinic she allegedly abandoned and neglected the embryos. The legal case was novel and took advantage of Louisiana's embryo laws; the state passed a law in 1986 that declares embryos to be “juridical persons,” giving embryos the right to sue or be sued. In August 2017, a Louisiana judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction over the embryos, which were conceived in California.
|2004||The 24th Day||Isabella|
|2005||Lords of Dogtown||Amelia|
|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||Ava|
|2011||Happy Feet Two||Carmen||Voice role|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Lydia Harter|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||Gabby Babblebrook||Voice role|
|2013||Machete Kills||Madame Desdemona|
|2015||Wild Card||D. D.|
|2015||Hot Pursuit||Daniella Riva||Also executive producer|
|2017||The Female Brain||Lisa|
|2017||The Emoji Movie||Flamenco Dancer||Voice role|
|2018||The Con Is On||Vivien|
|2019||Bottom of the 9th||Angela Ramirez|
|1995||Acapulco, cuerpo y alma||Irasema||Telenovela|
|1995–1998||Fuera de serie||Herself||Co-host|
|1999||A que no te atreves||Herself||Co-host|
|1999||Baywatch||Herself||Episode: "Boys will be Boys"|
|2002||My Wife and Kids||Selma||Episode: "Samba Story"|
|2004||Eve||April Perez||Episode: "Party All the Time"|
|2004||Rodney||Carmen||Episode: "Dream Lover"|
|2005||Hot Properties||Lola Hernandez||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2005||Punk'd||Herself||Season 5, episode 4|
|2007||Entourage||Village Girl||Episode: "Welcome to the Jungle"|
|2007||Amas de Casa Desesperadas||Alicia Oviedo||23 episodes|
|2007||The Knights of Prosperity||Esperanza Villalobos||Main role (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||Herself||Guest appearance|
|2009–2020||Modern Family||Gloria Delgado-Pritchett||Main role, 250 episodes|
|2011||Sesame Street||Herself||Guest appearance|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Sofia Vergara/One Direction"|
|2013||The Cleveland Show||Señora Chalupa (voice)||Episode: "The Essence of Cleveland"|
|2013||Family Guy||Flower Saleswoman / Hispanic Woman (voice)||Episode: "The Giggity Wife"|
|2014||Killer Women||N/A||Executive producer|
|2016||The Simpsons||Carol Berrera (voice)||Episode: "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles"|
|2017||Family Guy||Herself (voice)||Episode: "Emmy-Winning Episode"|
|2020–present||America's Got Talent||Herself/Judge||Season 15|
|1997||"Que Diera"||Carlos Vives|
Awards and nominations
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Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara nació el 10 de julio de 1972 en Barranquilla. / Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born on July 10, 1972 in Barranquilla.
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Manolo was born in September 1991. [Photo caption][dead link]
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