Sofía Vergara

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vergara and the second or maternal family name is Vergara.
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 44)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Citizenship Colombian
American
Occupation Actress, comedian, model, television host, producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Joe Gonzalez (m. 1991; div. 1993)
Joe Manganiello (m. 2015)
Children 1
Website www.sofiavergara.com

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara (Spanish pronunciation: [soˈfi.a βerˈɣaɾa]; born July 10, 1972)[1][2] is a Colombian-American actress and model.

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). 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 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, 2013, and 2016, she was the top-earning actress on US television.[3]

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.[4][not in citation given]

Early life

Vergara was born to a Roman Catholic family[5] in Barranquilla.[6] Her mother, Margarita Vergara de Vergara, was a homemaker, and her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, was a cattle rancher for the meat industry.[7][8][9] She was nicknamed "Toti" by her five siblings and many cousins.[10] Vergara initially studied three years of dentistry at a university in Colombia, but left two semesters away from her degree to pursue opportunities in modeling and show business.[7][11] She subsequently moved to Miami, Florida, leaving behind unrest in Colombia, where her older brother Rafael was murdered in 1998 during an attempt to kidnap him.[6][7][10][12] Her cousin and adopted sister, Sandra, is also a television actress in the United States.[13][14]

Career

Vergara at the 2009 American Music Awards

Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work.[15] Vergara was "apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment."[16] Vergara made her first appearance, aged 17, in a Pepsi commercial which was aired in Latin America.[17]

Vergara in February 2011
Vergara at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

She then began studies at the Creative Workshops School of Acting, where Gloria Estefan also trained.[18]

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.[19]

In July 2011, she finished filming the Farrelly brothers' The Three Stooges, which was her first major leading role in a film. Vergara said, "I play a mean woman that tries to manipulate the Three Stooges into killing her husband so that she gets all the money."[20]

In April 2012, she appeared in her son Manolo's YouTube web series Vida con Toty.[21] 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.[22][23] 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.[24]

Vergara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 7, 2015.[25]

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.[26][27]

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.[28]

Endorsements

In 2011, Vergara was named the face of CoverGirl, with the first advertisements appearing in January 2012.[24] In April 2011, Vergara appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial with David Beckham[29] and another in January 2012.[30]

In 2011, it was announced that Vergara is designing a clothing line for Kmart targeting soccer moms[31] and appeared in a number of commercials for Comcast's Xfinity brand and State Farm.[32]

In 2013, she signed endorsement contracts with Diet Pepsi, Rooms To Go, and medicine Synthroid.[3]

Personal life

Vergara at the 2015 PaleyFest for Modern Family

Vergara was married at the age of 18 to her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez.[6] They have a son named Manolo born September 1992.[33] They divorced in 1993.[6]

Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent radioiodine therapy, and made a full recovery.[34] She takes medication to prevent hypothyroidism.[35]

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.[36][37] 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."[38]

On July 10, 2012, it was reported that Vergara and her boyfriend Nicholas M. Loeb were engaged.[39][40][41] On May 23, 2014, Vergara announced that the engagement had been called off.[42]

In July 2014, it was reported that Vergara began dating True Blood star Joe Manganiello.[43] The pair became engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after dating for six months.[44] They married in Palm Beach, Florida on November 21, 2015.[45][46]

Vergara has naturally blonde hair, although she is sometimes asked to dye it brown to make her characters look more stereotypically Hispanic.[47][48]

During her December 2014 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Vergara revealed that she had become a United States citizen after getting a perfect score on her citizenship test.[49][50][51]

In 2015, Forbes estimated Vergara's annual income at $28.5 million.[52] As of September 2016, Forbes reported that Vergara was the highest paid actress in television, bringing in $43 million in the past year. [53]

Embryo lawsuit

On May 1, 2015, it was reported that Vergara and her former fiance Loeb were in dispute regarding the future of two embryos.[54] These embryos were produced by in vitro fertilization while they were together[54] and are in storage in cryopreservation in a medical clinic in California.[55] In December 2016 a right-to-live lawsuit against Vergara was initiated in Lousiana by three plaintiffs, namely Vergara's embryos, named "Emma" and "Isabella", and their "trustee", James Charbonnet.[56][55] The purpose of the suit is 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.[56][55] 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 tries to void this agreement.[56] The suit also tries to terminate parental rights of Vergara because by keeping them in a tank in a medical clinic she allegedly abandoned and neglected the embryos.[55] Loeb is not part of the law suit.[55] The legal case is novel and takes advantage of Louisiana's embryo laws.[55]

Filmography

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[57] Ava
2011 Happy Feet Two Carmen Voice role
2012 The Three Stooges Lydia Harter
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Gabby Babblebrook Voice role
2013 Fading Gigolo Selima
2013 Machete Kills Madame Desdemona
2014 Chef Inez
2015 Wild Card D. D.
2015 Hot Pursuit Daniella Riva Also executive producer
2016 The Brits Are Coming In post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Acapulco, cuerpo y alma Irasema
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[58] 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–present Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Main role
2012 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Sofia Vergara/One Direction"
2013 The Cleveland Show Señora Chalupa Episode: "The Essence of Cleveland" (voice)
2013 Family Guy Flower Saleswoman / Hispanic Woman Episode: "The Giggity Wife" (voice)
2014 Killer Women N/A Executive producer
2016 The Simpsons Carol Berrera Episode: "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles" (voice)

Music video

Year Title Artist
1997 "Que Diera" Carlos Vives

Theatre

Chicago as Matron "Mama" Morton (2009)[59]

Awards and nominations

In 2014, Vergara was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She had risen from her 2013 position at no. 38.[4][not in citation given]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble (shared with rest of cast) Four Brothers Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
ALMA Awards Best Actress in Film Madea Goes to Jail Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Modern Family Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards Best TV Actress[citation needed] Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[citation needed] Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Film Actress The Smurfs Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting TV Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Supporting Role The Three Stooges Nominated
Favorite TV Actress in a Leading Role Modern Family Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Glamour Awards Comedy Actress N/A Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Modern Family Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Funny Star Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite TV Comedy Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 2016 Premios Juventud Actriz Que Se Roba La Pantalla Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actress[60] Nominated
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress[60] Hot Pursuit Nominated

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