Mira Sorvino
Actress
Mira Sorvino
Mira Katherine Sorvino 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.
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Mira Sorvino's personal information overview.
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Mira Sorvino fights human trafficking
CNN - about 1 year
UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino hopes to turn people's attention to what's happening to millions of victims of human trafficking.
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7 Newly Popular Baby Names That Have Been Hiding In Plain Sight
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry It always strikes me as somewhat curious when a name that has been hidden in plain sight for decades -- or longer -- attached to a significant literary or real life character will suddenly pop into the zeitgeist and take off. Sometimes the contributing factors are obvious -- sharing with a more recent celebrity (looking at you, Ms Johansson) or its discovery by the parents of a "starbaby." And sometimes, it just remains a mystery. Here are some prominent examples. Atticus The Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the movie, starring Gregory Peck as principled lawyer and role-model dad Atticus Finch, was released two years later. Between then and now, the book has been a mainstay of English class curricula, working its way into the collective consciousness of future baby namers, while Atticus Finch was voted the greatest hero of American film by the AFI. But why Atticus now? There were five baby boys bearing thi ...
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Mira Sorvino to Guest-Star on TNT's Falling Skies
Monsters and Critics - over 3 years
Mira Sorvino to Guest-Star on TNT's Falling Skies
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The Next Romy And Michele?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Move over, Romy and Michele: Kate and Chloe are here. The trailer for "Ass Backwards," starring June Diane Raphael ("Burning Love") as Kate and Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") as Chloe, has premiered, and with it comes the 2013 version of the Lisa Kudrow-Mira Sorvino comedy. "Backwards" is a buddy comedy centering on two delusional lifelong friends who return home to redeem themselves after securing last place in a child pageant years earlier. Alicia Silverstone portrays Kate and Chloe's pageant rival, with Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Cryer, Bob Odenkirk and "Orange is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria rounding out the supporting cast. The film, written by Raphael and Wilson, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It will hit theaters Nov. 8, following an on-demand release on Sept. 30.
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Karen Fragala Smith: The Scent of Blue Jasmine Wafts Over the MoMA
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Serious actors, a few old-school comedians who've reinvented themselves, young beauties and some not-so-young beauties braved the rain and humidity to celebrate the New York premiere of Woody Allen's film, Blue Jasmine. The film stars Cate Blanchett, whose luminous complexion was complemented by an ice pink Balenciaga gown with appliqué flowers. Alec Baldwin proudly showed off his wife, Hilaria's baby bump. Tammy Blanchard was effervescent in a white frock with shimmering sequins contrasted by her new, glossy black coif. Louis C.K. skulked across the red carpet as if he was afraid he would be removed by security, and Andrew Dice Clay, who reached superstardom in the early '90s, followed by a series of failed sitcoms and loads of inconsequential radio spots over the last two decades, needed his own security team to protect him from the throngs of memorabilia-armed fans on the sidewalk. Certain notable names, who were less about being seen, and more ab ...
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Mira Sorvino joins cast of USA's 'Psych'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tony Maglio LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Mira Sorvino is joining the cast of USA's "Psych" for a multi-episode arc, the network announced Monday. Beginning with the seventh episode of the upcoming eighth season, the Academy Award-winning Sorvino will play the Santa Barbara Police Department's newest head detective, Betsy Brannigan. The character is described by USA as "an incredibly sweet, adorably reserved and yet certified badass." The announcement boasted that Brannigan will be taking down ruthless criminals and making sparkly crafts. ...
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Anne Margaret Daniel: What Did F. Scott Fitzgerald Think of The Great Gatsby, the Movie, in 1926? He Walked Out
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
What did F. Scott Fitzgerald think of the first movie of version of The Great Gatsby? Not much. He didn't stay in the theater to see the end of the only version of the novel made during his lifetime. Hollywood, January 1927: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were in Los Angeles for the first time. He was excited to be setting to work on an original screenplay for Lipstick, a collegiate fantasy for the actress Constance Talmadge. As soon as there were movies and stars to admire, Fitzgerald's longtime love of the stage had translated quickly to screen -- and, after his last attempt at a play, The Vegetable, had failed so miserably in 1923, perhaps a screenplay would be just the modern thing to redeem his beloved writing of dialogue. Zelda came with him, but they paused on the way to drop their daughter Scottie, who had turned 6 that past autumn, with Zelda's parents in Montgomery, Ala. Scott figured his screenplay would take only a few weeks to write, but he and Zelda staye ...
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Maggie Van Ostrand: Best Pictures That Never Won Best Picture Oscar
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Oscar will be allowed out of his Chicago vault for the annual trip to Hollywood on February 24th. He'll be 85 years old this year and we'd like to know who his plastic surgeon is. You can't tell us he hasn't had a butt lift. Speaking of butts, actors as well as backless, frontless, mindless media-created celebs will wave to fans and stop for fashion interviews, looking over their shoulders and pointing their backs and butts directly at us while secretly trying to figure out why actresses wanted to be called actors and now they're stuck with female actors. Everyone's making book on who'll return their borrowed dresses and tuxes to the designers and the jewels to Harry Winston's. The track record for the return of borrowed clothing is dismal. Every time a star tells the media whose dress she's wearing, it's Hollywoodspeak for, "Try and get it back." We can hope our favorite movie will come away with the big prize, but in the long run, some of the best pictures ever mad ...
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Vienna set to party at historic Opera Ball [Photos]
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Attending this year's Vienna Opera Ball will be a dream come true for Oscar-winning U.S. actress Mira Sorvino, she said as the Austrian capital put the finishing touches on its most glittering social event.
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Vienna set to party like it's 1899
Reuters.com - about 4 years
VIENNA (Reuters) - Attending this year's Vienna Opera Ball will be a dream come true for Oscar-winning U.S. actress Mira Sorvino, she said on Wednesday as the Austrian capital put the finishing touches on it most glittering social event.
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Why Holiday TV Movies Rule Cable
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- If the holidays still seem a long way off, you clearly haven't done much television channel surfing lately. The Hallmark channel has already begun two months of wall-to-wall holiday programming. Lifetime has ramped up its seasonal selections with 10 new made-for-TV movies, the first one airing last weekend. ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming isn't enough, so they do a "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas," starting Sunday. This is in addition to all the old favorites, from Charlie Brown to Frosty the Snowman, that will fill broadcast network schedules during the next month. An already popular television genre is growing in power, judging by the 22 new movies Hallmark and Lifetime are rolling out between them, and a new Disney holiday musical. "This is a strategy that developed naturally from demand," said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at the Lifetime networks. "It's really giving people what they want." A ...
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'Curb' Alum Heads To 'Blue Bloods'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
CBS is in for some attitude this January. HuffPost has exclusively learned that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman is headed to CBS' police procedural "Blue Bloods" as Judge Karl, a "no-nonsense judge who presides over the trial of Mayor Poole's underling, who embezzled a bundle from one of the city's special accounts." In other casting news... Molly Shannon is stopping by "Happily Divorced." Shannon is swinging by the TV Land sitcom to play the recently divorced Maggie, Peter's (John Michael Higgins) sister in a January episode. [EW] Eion Bailey has been cast in "Trooper." The "Once Upon A Time" actor had nabbed the lead role in the TNT pilot as state trooper KJ Flaxton's (Mira Sorvino) partner. [TVLine] Mary Lynn Rajskub is "Mentalist"-bound.The actress will guest star on the CBS drama as a rehab patient. [TVLine]
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'Buffy' Reunion On 'HIMYM'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"How I Met Your Mother" is staging a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reunion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Green will guest star as Lily's (Alyson Hannigan) old college friend. Green and Hannigan co-starred on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as one-time lovers Oz and Willow. On "How I Met Your Mother" Green will play Daryl LaCoutre, a college friend who thought he was best friends with Lily and Marshall (Jason Segel) ... but they don't remember him. In other casting news ... Mira Sorvino will headline "Trooper." Sorvino played the lead role in the CBS pilot, but the show is now in pilot stages at TNT. [TVLine] "Awkward" star Beau Mirchoff will co-star in Disney's new "Wizards of Waverly Place" special. Mirchoff will play Dominic, a wizard who isn't as nice as he seems. [THR] The Miz will star in ABC Family's "Christmas Bounty." The holiday movie tells the story of a bounty hunter-turned-school teacher who hopes to keep her past a secret. [ABC Family] Reb ...
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New film takes on child sex trafficking
CNN Bussiness Blogs - over 4 years
Activist/Actor Mira Sorvino stars in the new film "Trade of Innocents" that deals with child sex trafficking in Asia.
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Nicki Richesin: Interview With Mira Sorvino About Trade of Innocents
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Mira Sorvino has moved audiences with her humor, compassion, and remarkable vulnerability. She first made her mark in Hollywood in her Oscar-winning portrayal of a prostitute with a heart of gold in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite. Although her performances have been greatly praised, it's perhaps her humanitarian work where her heart truly lies. In her new film Trade of Innocents, Sorvino once again marries her acting prowess with her passion for helping exploited children. As Claire Beeker, she plays a woman at a crossroads, who has lost her daughter and chosen to rescue another innocent little girl in Cambodia. Her commitment to ending modern day slavery has inspired others to pay closer attention to this critical movement. Nicki Richesin: Congratulations on your tender and moving portrayal of Claire Becker in Trade of Innocents. The film was shared at a symposium on human trafficking at Yale Law School in April. You've said you would prefer that people employ the term ...
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Sorvino: Trafficking near White House
CNN - over 4 years
Actress Mira Sorvino raises awareness about human trafficking and says it happens right near the White House.
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'Made In Jersey' Stars Talks Accents, Hair & More
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Made in Jersey's" leading lady Janet Montgomery couldn't be further from her character Martina Garretti on the upcoming CBS legal drama, but she sure has tried to educate herself on everything Jersey. Below, the actress talks about perfecting the Garden State hair and accent, why "Made in Jersey," which makes its debut on Fri., Sept. 28 at 9p.m. ET, is more "Working Girl" than "Legally Blonde" and much more. How did you feel about becoming a Jersey girl seeing as they always get a bad rap? Yes, I keep hearing this. I actually just hired an assistant who is from New Jersey who has been giving me the low down in details. She is like Italian New Jersey, so she is just perfect for me to really get a feel for exactly like the lifestyle, because I just need to really submerge myself in this role. They do get a bad rap, but then I think coming from a place like England where there is so much classism and like people from Manchester get a bad rap or people from New Cockney get a ...
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Chazz Palminteri returning to Broadway with new play
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Chazz Palminteri is heading back to Broadway. The Oscar-nominated actor has written a new play, "Human," that is aiming for a Broadway debut in the 2013-14 season. Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks will stage the play, which will have a reading in New York on Friday with Palminteri, Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, Evan Jonigkeit, Sophie Monk and Jeremy Shamos. No theater has yet been named. The dark comedy revolves around a chance encounter on a Central Park bench that thrusts two diametrically opposed men into the fight for their lives. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mira Sorvino
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix series Lady Dynamite as an actress working for a sitcom pilot named White Trash.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    In September 2014, Sorvino gave a wide-ranging interview on the The Nerdist Podcast in which she discusses her education and her life in China, and many of her varied interests.
    More Details Hide Details Sorvino is a devout Christian.
    In 2014, she reappeared as Head Detective Betsy Brannigan on the final season of Psych, and on the fourth season of Falling Skies as John Pope's love interest, Sara.
    More Details Hide Details Sorvino also joined the cast of the television series Intruders, playing the role of Amy Whelan.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012, she starred in the feature film Union Square by Nancy Savoca.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to good reviews. In the same year, Sorvino played the mother of the lead in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    In February 2008, she guest-starred in the "Frozen" episode of the medical television drama House.
    More Details Hide Details There was talk of making her character, psychiatrist Cate Milton, a recurring character; however, the writers strike put a freeze on such discussions. 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. 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In recent years, Sorvino has starred in lower-budget and independent films. In 2006, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Lifetime film Human Trafficking.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 28
    Between 1996 and 1998, Mira Sorvino was romantically involved with director Quentin Tarantino, who was her escort to the Academy Awards ceremony where she won Best Supporting Actress for Mighty Aphrodite. Sorvino met actor Christopher Backus, 14 years her junior, 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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have four children: daughters Mattea Angel (born 2004) and Lucia (born 2012) and sons Johnny Christopher King (born 2006) and Holden Paul Terry Backus (born 2009). She has been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004, 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 Congress to abolish human trafficking in Darfur. 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.,
  • 1995
    Age 27
    In 1995, she portrayed Conchita Closson in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers based on Edith Wharton's last novel.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her portrayal of a happy-go-lucky prostitute made her a star, winning her an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. 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, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the lead role in the 1997 horror movie Mimic from Guillermo del Toro.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Positive reviews opened doors for her.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 17
    She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups in 1985.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on September 28, 1967.
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