Mira Sorvino

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Mira Sorvino

Sorvino at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMira Katherine Sorvino
(1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 45)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Christopher Backus (m. 2004) «start: (2004)»"Marriage: Christopher Backus to Mira Sorvino" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mira_Sorvino)
ParentsPaul Sorvino
Lorraine Ruth Davis
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Mira Sorvino

Sorvino at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
BornMira Katherine Sorvino
(1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 45)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Christopher Backus (m. 2004) «start: (2004)»"Marriage: Christopher Backus to Mira Sorvino" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mira_Sorvino)
ParentsPaul Sorvino
Lorraine Ruth Davis

Mira Katherine Sorvino (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and is also known for her role as Romy White in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.


Early life

Sorvino was born in Manhattan.[1] Her mother, Lorraine Ruth Davis, is a drama therapist for Alzheimer's disease patients and a former actress, and her father, Paul Sorvino, is a character actor and director.[2][3] She has two siblings, Michael and Amanda. Sorvino is of Italian descent on her father's side.[4]

When she was young, Sorvino wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis, in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood School, and at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies in 1989.[5] She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups in 1985.[6] Her solo piece was Yazoo's "Only You".[citation needed]


Sorvino spent the next three years in New York City, trying to make a name for herself as an actress.[citation needed] When the 1993 film Amongst Friends entered pre-production, she was hired as third assistant director, then was promoted to casting director, then to assistant producer, and was finally offered a lead role. Positive reviews[7][8] opened doors for her.[citation needed]

Sorvino at the 2000 Cannes Festival

After small roles in Robert Redford's Quiz Show and Whit Stillman's Barcelona, she was cast in the 1995 Woody Allen film Mighty Aphrodite. Her portrayal of a happy-go-lucky prostitute made her a star, winning her an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.[citation needed] Other credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion alongside Lisa Kudrow, At First Sight with Val Kilmer, and Summer of Sam from Spike Lee. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn, and the lead role in the 1997 horror movie Mimic.

In recent years, Sorvino has starred in lower-budget and independent films.[citation needed] In 2005, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Lifetime film Human Trafficking.[citation needed]

In February 2008, she guest starred in the "Frozen" episode of the medical television drama House. There was talk of making her character, psychiatrist Cate Milton, a recurring character; however, the writers strike put a temporary freeze on such discussions.[9]

More recently, she starred in Attack on Leningrad (2009), Multiple Sarcasms (2010) alongside Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing, and Nancy Savoca's Union Square (release date, July 2012), with Patti Lupone and Tammy Blanchard.[10]

She was considered for the role of video game heroine Jill Valentine in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) before the role was played by British actress Sienna Guillory.[citation needed]

In 2012, the feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner, Nancy Savoca, was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In it, Mira co-stars with Patti Lupone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli and Daphne Rubin-Vega.[11] The movie opened on July 13, 2012 to packed houses in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto, garnering notice and acclaim from major print sources such as the New York Times[12] and the Los Angeles Times,[13] to online sources like Newsday,[14] Yahoo Voices [15] and the Pasadena Sun.[16]

Mira speaks about the movie.[17]

In 2012, Mira Sorvino plays the Elaine, the mother of the lead, in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern. http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/47040/

Personal life

Sorvino met actor Christopher Backus at a friend's charades party in August 2003. On June 11, 2004, they married in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara, California courthouse, then later had a hilltop ceremony in Capri, Italy. The couple have four children: daughters Mattea Angel (born 2004)[18] and Lucia (born 2012)[19] and sons Johnny Christopher King (born 2006)[20] and Holden Paul Terry Backus (born 2009).[21]

She has been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004,[22] and, in 2006, was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award given to those who have displayed longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. Sorvino has been a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, since 2009 through 2012, and has lobbied the Congress to abolish human trafficking in Darfur.[23]

In honor of Sorvino's role as Dr. Susan Tyler, an entomologist who was investigating deadly insect mutations in the feature film Mimic, a compound excreted by the sunburst diving beetle as a defensive mechanism was named "mirasorvone" by Thomas Eisner.[24],[25]


1992Swans CrossingSophia Eva McCormick De Castro4 episodes
1993The Obit Writer
1993Amongst FriendsLaura
1993Nyû Yôku no koppuMaria
1994Parallel LivesMatty Derosa
1994Quiz ShowSandra Goodwin
1994BarcelonaMarta Ferrer
1994The Dutch MasterTeresa
1995Mighty AphroditeLinda AshAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1995Blue in the FaceYoung Lady
1995The BuccaneersConchita Closson
1996Norma Jean & MarilynMarilyn MonroeNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1996Beautiful GirlsSharon Cassidy
1996Tales of EroticaTeresaSegment "The Dutch Master"
1996Sweet NothingMonika
1997Romy and Michele's High School ReunionRomy WhiteNominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence
1997MimicDr. Susan TylerNominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1998The Replacement KillersMeg Coburn
1998Lulu on the BridgeCelia Burns
1998Too Tired to DieDeath/Jean
1998Free MoneyAgent Karen Polarski
1999At First SightAmy Benic
1999Summer of SamDionna
2000The Great GatsbyDaisy Buchanan
2001The Grey ZoneDina
2001The Triumph of LoveThe Princess/Phocion/Aspasie
2002WiseGirlsMeg Kennedy
2002Semana santaMaria Delgado
2003Will & GraceDianeEpisode "Last Ex To Brooklyn"
2003Gods and GeneralsFanny Chamberlain
2004The Final CutDelila
2005Human TraffickingKate MorozovNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorRachel Russell
2007Reservation RoadRuth
2008HouseDr. Cate MiltonEpisode "Frozen"
2009The Last TemplarTess Chaykin
2009Multiple SarcasmsCari
2009Like Dandelion DustWendy PorterNew York VisionFest Award for Acting - Female Lead
Sonoma Valley Film Festival Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2009The Trouble with CaliThe Balletmaster
2009Sweet FlameSheila
2009Attack on LeningradKate Davis
2010The PresenceThe Woman
2012Union SquareLucy(A Nancy Savoca film set in New York City co-starring Patti LuPone and Tammy Blanchard.)
2012Perfect SistersLinda
2012Trade of InnocentsClaire Becker


  1. ^ interview, 7/10/12 at The Huffington Post
  2. ^ "Mira Sorvino Biography (1967?-)". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/8/Mira-Sorvino.html. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ Maria Laurino (August 28, 1994). "FILM; The Many Screen Ethnicities of Mira Sorvino". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9903E6DE1239F93BA1575BC0A962958260. 
  4. ^ Sean O'Neal (November 23, 2011). "Mira Sorvino Random Roles". A.V.Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/mira-sorvino,65618/. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Harvard University Notable Graduates". http://www.harvard.edu/notable-graduates. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones". http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~veritone/?page_id=2. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ James Berardinelli (1993). "Review: Amongst Friends". http://www.reelviews.net/movies/a/amongst.html. 
  8. ^ Hal Hinson (August 13, 1993). "Amongst Friends". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/amongstfriendsrhinson_a0a841.htm. 
  9. ^ Isabella Vosmikova (2008-01-24). "TV Addict Interview: Mira Sorvino Guest Stars on HOUSE". http://thetvaddict.com/2008/01/24/tv-addict-interview-mira-sorvino-guest-stars-on-house/. 
  10. ^ Union Square at Tiff.net
  11. ^ Union Square at Tiff.net
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  18. ^ Mira Sorvino Gives Birth to a Girl - Pregnancy, Mira Sorvino : People.com
  19. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/05/04/mira-sorvino-welcomes-daughter-lucia/
  20. ^ "Mira Sorvino Has a Boy", Alison Gee, May 30, 2006, People
  21. ^ "Mira Sorvino Welcomes Son Holden Paul Terry". July 13, 2009. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2009/07/13/mira-sorvino-welcomes-son-holden-paul-terry/. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Mira Sorvino aiding Amnesty International". USA Today. March 10, 2004. http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2004-03-10-sorvino-amnesty_x.htm. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Spotlight on Human Trafficking with Mira Sorvino". National Conference of State Legislatures. August 10, 2011. http://www.ncsl.org/press-room/spotlight-on-human-trafficking-with-mira-sorvino.aspx. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ Jerrold Meinwald; et al. (March 17, 1998). "Mirasorvone: A masked 20-ketopregnane from the defensive secretion of a diving beetle (Thermonectus marmoratus)". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences) 95 (6): 2733–2737. doi:10.1073/pnas.95.6.2733. OCLC 1607201. PMC 19637. PMID 9501158. http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/95/6/2733. 
  25. ^ http://www.webofstories.com/play/51826

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