Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino

  • Birthday: 1967-09-28
  • Place of birth: Tenafly, New Jersey, USA
  • Also know as: Mira Katherine Sorvino

Biography

Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional scholar. Her father discouraged her from becoming an actor, as he knew how the industry often chews up young stars. She attended Harvard, majoring in Chinese, graduating magna cum laude in 1989, largely on the strength of her thesis, a Hoopes Prize-winning thesis on racial conflict in China, written and researched during the year spent in Beijing, which helped her fluency in Mandarin Chinese. However, she showed interest in a career in acting from an early age, and moved to New York City to try her hand in the City's film industry, waitressing, auditioning and working at the Tribeca production company of Robert De Niro. She succeeded in getting a little television work in the early 1990s, but got her first film job in the independent gangster movie Amongst Friends (1993), on which she worked her way up the ladder behind the camera to eventually associate-produce the film, and, more importantly, was eventually cast as the female lead. The indie production was well-received, and Sorvino's performance attracted enough buzz to get her cast in two more movies, one a more prominent indie, Barcelona (1994), the other her first Hollywood feature, Quiz Show (1994), and her skillful performances brought her yet more attention. An exceptionally poised and articulate young woman, she may have seemed inappropriate to play a crazy hooker, but Woody Allen took the chance, and her magnificent performance as the female lead in his Mighty Aphrodite (1995) proved her range as a performer and earned her an Oscar (at the tender age of 29) for Best Supporting Actress. Since winning the Oscar, Sorvino has continued to take a wide range of roles, including another stretch as Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), co-starring with another very intelligent and skilled young actress, Ashley Judd. Forays into action and horror, such as Mimic (1997) and The Replacement Killers (1998) show that Sorvino is not above being playful in the film roles she chooses. However, what forever cemented her role in popular culture was her performance as charmingly silly California beach girl Romy White in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), in which she and co-star Lisa Kudrow utter one hilarious absurdity after another. Mira Sorvino married Christopher Backus on June 11, 2004, and the couple have four children. - IMDb Mini Biography

Filmography

The Great Gatsby

2000

As Daisy Buchanan

The Triumph of Love

2001

As The Princess

WiseGirls

2002

As Meg Kennedy

Like Dandelion Dust

2009

As Wendy Porter

Angel of Death

2002

As Maria Delgado

The Presence

2010

As The Woman

Smitty

2012

As Amanda

Union Square

2011

As Lucy

Finding Mrs. Claus

2012

As Jessica Claus

The Dutch Master

1993

As Teresa

Indiscretion

2016

As Dr. Veronica Simon

The Girl Who Believes in Miracles

2021

As Bonnie Hopkins

Leningrad

2009

As Kate Davis

Mimic

1997

As Dr. Susan Tyler

The Final Cut

2004

As Delila

Mighty Aphrodite

1995

As Linda Ash

Covert One: The Hades Factor

2006

As Rachel Russel

The Replacement Killers

1998

As Meg Coburn

Norma Jean & Marilyn

1996

As Marilyn Monroe

Lulu on the Bridge

1998

As Celia Burns

At First Sight

1999

As Amy Benic

A Christmas to Remember

2016

As Jennifer Wade

Between Strangers

2002

As Natalia Bauer

Multiple Sarcasms

2010

As Cari

Sweet Nothing

1995

As Monika

Trade of Innocents

2012

As Claire Becker

Space Warriors

2013

As Sally Hawkins

Do You Believe?

2015

As Samantha

Quitters

2015

As May Rayman

A Dog and Pony Show

2018

As Sarah Jean

No One Would Tell

2018

As Elizabeth Hanover

Beneath The Leaves

2019

As Detective Erica Shotwell

The Islands

2019

As Mary Thornton

Waterlily Jaguar

2018

As Helen

Tarantella

1995

As

East of the Mountains

2021

As Renee Givens

Dodie & Cheryl Get Hitched

0000

As Dodie Pickerling

Summer of Sam

1999

As Dionna

Amongst Friends

1993

As Laura

Angels Crest

2011

As Angie

New York Cop

1993

As Maria

Perfect Sisters

2014

As Linda / Perfect Mom

Too Tired to Die

1998

As Death / Jean

Exposed

2016

As Janine Cullen

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

2017

As Susan Lemarqe

Look Away

2018

As Amy Brennan

Stuber

2019

As Angie McHenry

Badland

2019

As Sarah Cooke

Sound of Freedom

0000

As Katherine Ballard

Hero Mode

2021

As Kate Mayfield

Butter

2020

As Marian

Crime Story

2021

As

Lamborghini – The Legend

0000

As Anita Borgatti

Barcelona

1994

As Marta Ferrer

Drowning

2019

As Mary

Free Money

1998

As Agent Karen Polarski

Chloe and Theo

2015

As Monica

Frozen in Time

2014

As Carol (voice)

Doe

2018

As The Executive

Reservation Road

2007

As Ruth Wheldon

Ava & Lala

2014

As

The Red Maple Leaf

2017

As Marianna Palermo

Jake's Women

1996

As Julie

Beautiful Girls

1996

As Sharon Cassidy

Mothers and Daughters

2016

As Georgina Scott

After Ever Happy

2022

As Carol Young

After We Fell

2021

As Carol Young

Blue in the Face

1995

As Young lady

The Grey Zone

2001

As Dina

The Perfect Victim

2021

As Self (archive footage)

Quiz Show

1994

As Sandra Goodwin

Lisa Picard Is Famous

2000

As Mira Sorvino

Val

2021

As Self (archive footage)

Parallel Lives

1994

As Matty Derosa

The Stuff

1985

As Factory Worker (uncredited)

QT8: The First Eight

2019

As Self (archive footage)

Bamboozled

2000

As Herself

Welcome to Hollywood

1998

As Mira Sorvino

Production

The Presence

2010

As Executive Producer

Lisa Picard Is Famous

2000

As Producer

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