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Sorvino at the 2013 Vienna Opera Ball
Mira Katherine Sorvino

(1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 55)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University (AB)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Christopher Backus
(m. 2004)
Children 4
Relatives Michael Sorvino (brother), Amanda (sister)

Mira Katherine Sorvino (/ˈmrə sɔːrˈvn/; born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

She also starred in the films Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Mimic (1997), Lulu on the Bridge (1998), The Replacement Killers (1998), Summer of Sam (1999), and Like Dandelion Dust (2009). .....

Early life

Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan, New York City, to Lorraine Ruth Davis, a drama therapist for Alzheimer's disease patients and former actress; and Paul Sorvino, an actor and film director. She has two siblings, Michael Sorvino and Amanda. She is of Italian descent on her father's side.

She was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where she wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis, and in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood School. As a child, she was strongly influenced to pursue social causes by her mother, who participated in the March on Washington. Sorvino excelled in high school and was accepted into Harvard University. She studied for one year as an exchange student with CIEE in Beijing, China, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In 1989, she graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in East Asian studies. She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups, in 1985.


Sorvino's first major screen appearance was in the teen television series Swans Crossing, where she appeared in six episodes. When the 1993 film Amongst Friends entered preproduction, she was hired as third assistant director, then promoted to casting director, then to assistant producer, and finally offered a lead role. The positive reviews she received led to more acting opportunities.

After small roles in Robert Redford's Quiz Show and Whit Stillman's Barcelona, she was cast in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995). ..... Although the film brought her international recognition, she described its shooting as extremely stressful: "I was absolutely neurotic doing Mighty Aphrodite," she recalled. "Every night brought a new nervous breakdown. I'd cry and talk to God, I was so nervous. Then the next day, I'd show up and do my scenes."

Her other credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion with Lisa Kudrow, At First Sight with Val Kilmer, and Spike Lee's Summer of Sam. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; and had the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's horror film Mimic. In 1995, she portrayed Conchita Closson in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers, based on Edith Wharton's last novel. She starred as Daisy Buchanan in the 2000 television film The Great Gatsby.

In 2002, Sorvino appeared as the lead in The Triumph of Love, an adaptation of the 1732 Marivaux play. That year she also starred in WiseGirls alongside Mariah Carey and Melora Walters. ..... She had a supporting role in the drama Reservation Road (2007) with Mark Ruffalo.

In February 2008, she guest-starred as psychiatrist Cate Milton in the "Frozen" episode of the medical television drama House. Plans to make hers a recurring character were interrupted by the writers' strike.

She starred in Attack on Leningrad (2009), Multiple Sarcasms (2010) with Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing, and Nancy Savoca's Union Square (2012), with Patti Lupone and Tammy Blanchard. The film premiered at the Toronto International 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.

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. Sorvino also joined the cast of the television series Intruders, playing the role of Amy Whelan. In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix series Lady Dynamite as an actor working on a sitcom pilot named White Trash. In 2018, Sorvino played the role of Amy in the psychological thriller Look Away, alongside Jason Isaacs and India Eisley.

In 2019, Sorvino was cast in the Netflix miniseries Hollywood as an actor whose career stalled out after a relationship with a studio head.

Personal life

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 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. They have four children: two daughters and two sons.

In honor of Sorvino's role as Susan Tyler, an entomologist who investigated deadly insect mutations in the film Mimic, the discovery of a compound excreted as a defense mechanism by the sunburst diving beetle was named mirasorvone by entomologist Thomas Eisner.

In September 2014, Sorvino gave a wide-ranging interview on The Nerdist Podcast, where she discussed her education, living in China, and her varied interests. She is a Christian and resides with her family in Los Angeles, California.

..... According to Peter Jackson, Weinstein blocked Sorvino and Ashley Judd, another of his alleged victims, from being considered for parts in The Lord of the Rings films. .....

Political activism

Sorvino has been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004. In 2006 she was honored with their Artist of Conscience Award, given to those who have made longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. .....



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Stuff Factory Worker Uncredited
1993 Obit Writer, TheThe Obit Writer Short film
1993 Amongst Friends Laura
1993 New York Cop (Nyū Yōku no koppu) Maria
1994 Quiz Show Sandra Goodwin
1994 Barcelona Marta Ferrer
1995 Sweet Nothing Monika
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Linda Ash Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
1995 Blue in the Face Young Lady
1996 Beautiful Girls Sharon Cassidy
1996 Tales of ... Teresa Short film The Dutch Master
1996 Tarantella Diane
1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Romy White
1997 Mimic Dr. Susan Tyler
1998 Replacement Killers, TheThe Replacement Killers Meg Coburn
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Celia Burns
1998 Too Tired to Die Death/Jean
1998 Free Money Karen Polarski
1999 At First Sight Amy Benic
1999 Summer of Sam Dionna
2001 Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone Dina
2001 Triumph of Love, TheThe Triumph of Love The Princess
2002 WiseGirls Meg Kennedy
2002 Semana santa Maria Delgado
2002 Between Strangers Natalia Bauer
2003 Gods and Generals Fanny Chamberlain
2004 Final Cut, TheThe Final Cut Delila
2007 Reservation Road Ruth
2009 Like Dandelion Dust Wendy Porter
2009 Sweet Flame Sheila
2009 Attack on Leningrad Kate Davis
2010 Multiple Sarcasms Cari
2010 Presence, TheThe Presence The Woman
2011 Angels Crest Angie
2012 Union Square Lucy
2012 Trouble with Cali, TheThe Trouble with Cali The Balletmaster
2012 Smitty Amanda
2012 Trade of Innocents Claire Becker
2013 Space Warriors Sally Hawkins
2014 Perfect Sisters Linda
2014 Frozen in Time Carol Purtle Direct-to-video film
2015 Quitters May Rayman
2015 Do You Believe? Samantha
2015 Chloe and Theo Monica
2016 Exposed Janine Cullen
2016 Mothers and Daughters Georgina
2016 The Red Maple Leaf Marianna Palermo
2017 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain Susan LeMarque
2018 Waterlily Jaguar Helen
2018 Look Away Amy originally titled Behind the Glass
2019 Beneath the Leaves Detective Erica Shotwell
2019 Stuber Captain Angie McHenry
2019 Badland Sarah Cooke
2019 Drowning Mary
2020 Butter Marian
2020 Most Guys Are Losers Amy
2021 The Girl Who Believes in Miracles Bonnie Hopkins
2021 East of the Mountains Renee Givens
2021 Hero Mode Kate Mayfield
2021 Crime Story Nick Wallace
2021 After We Fell Carol Young
2022 After Ever Happy
TBA Sound of Freedom Katherine Ballard Completed
TBA Lamborghini Annita Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Swans Crossing Sophia Eva McCormick De Castro 6 episodes
1994 Parallel Lives Matty Derosa Movie
1995 Buccaneers, TheThe Buccaneers Conchita Closson 5 episodes
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Movie
2000 Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan Movie
2003 Will & Grace Diane Episode "Last Ex to Brooklyn"
2005 ... Kate Morozov Miniseries
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Randi Russell Movie
2008 House Dr. Cate Milton Episode "Frozen"
2009 Last Templar, TheThe Last Templar Tess Chaykin Movie
2012 Finding Mrs. Claus Mrs. Claus Movie
2014 Psych Head Detective Betsy Brannigan 3 episodes
2014–15 Falling Skies Sara Recurring role (seasons 4–5)
2014 Intruders Amy Whelan Main role, 8 episodes
2015 Stalker Vicki Gregg Recurring role
2016 Indiscretion Veronica Lewis Movie
2016 A Christmas to Remember Jennifer Wade / Maggie Movie
2016–17 Lady Dynamite Herself/Millicent Pratt/Jennipher Nickels/ Ranlith the Hive Queen 2 episodes
2018 Condor Marty Ross Recurring role
2018 No One Would Tell Judge Elizabeth Hanover Movie
2018 StartUp Rebecca Stroud Recurring role (season 3)
2018 Modern Family Nicole Rosemary Page Recurring role (season 9)
2018 Spy Kids: Mission Critical Ingrid Cortez (voice) 7 episodes
2020 Hollywood Jeanne Crandall Recurring role
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Marcia Lewis 6 episodes
2022 Shining Vale Rosemary Wellingham Main role, 8 episodes

Awards and nominations

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