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Also Known As: Mira Katherine Sorvino Died:
Born: September 28, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tenafly, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, producer, production assistant, casting director, script reader, documentarian, assistant director, tutor, bartender, showroom model, waitress

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Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed turns in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990) and Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995, as Henry Kissinger) among his many roles. Adept at assuming accents, hair colors and varied ethnic identities, this bright, naturally brunette Italianate beauty received her first substantial exposure on film as an enigmatic, aristocratic Spanish translator in "Barcelona" (1994), Whit Stillman's thoughtfully comic talkfest. She entered the mainstream later that same year playing the Jewish intellectual wife of Rob Morrow in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show". Redford had first became aware of the young performer in Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends" (1993), a highly regarded independent feature shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting out as third assistant director on that project, she graduated to casting director and finally the lead femme role of the modest drama about well-to-do suburban Jews who fall into lives of crime, ultimately receiving credit as associate producer. ...

Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed turns in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990) and Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995, as Henry Kissinger) among his many roles. Adept at assuming accents, hair colors and varied ethnic identities, this bright, naturally brunette Italianate beauty received her first substantial exposure on film as an enigmatic, aristocratic Spanish translator in "Barcelona" (1994), Whit Stillman's thoughtfully comic talkfest. She entered the mainstream later that same year playing the Jewish intellectual wife of Rob Morrow in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show". Redford had first became aware of the young performer in Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends" (1993), a highly regarded independent feature shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting out as third assistant director on that project, she graduated to casting director and finally the lead femme role of the modest drama about well-to-do suburban Jews who fall into lives of crime, ultimately receiving credit as associate producer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Class Project (2014)
2.
 Quitters (2014)
3.
 Space Warriors (2013)
4.
5.
 Smitty (2012)
6.
 Angels Crest (2011)
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8.
 Waska (2010)
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10.
 Leningrad (2009)
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1979:
At age 12, worked as a production assistant for "That Championship Season," starring her father Paul Sorvino
1987:
Made guest appearance on the CBS comedy-drama "The Oldest Rookie," which starred her father
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Acted in theater productions at Harvard
1992:
TV series debut as a regular, the short-lived syndicated series "Swans Crossing"
1992:
Briefly played Julie Camalleti on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"
1993:
Hired as third assistant director on "Amongst Friends"; offered a lead role by friend and director Rob Weiss
1994:
Cast in Whit Stillman's independent film "Barcelona"
1994:
First role in a major Hollywood picture, playing Rob Morrow's wife in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"
1994:
Acted with father in "Parallel Lives" on Showtime
1995:
Delivered award-winning film role as the squeaky-voiced prostitute in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"
1995:
Played the loyal but co-dependent wife of Michael Imperioli in "Sweet Nothing"
1996:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Marilyn Monroe in the HBO movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn"; shared title role with Ashley Judd who played Norma Jean
1997:
Starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"
1997:
Portrayed brilliant entomologist whose mutant creations threaten NYC in Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic"
1998:
Teamed with Hong Kong action icon Chow Yun-Fat for "The Replacement Killers"
1999:
Starred opposite Val Kilmer in Irwin Winkler's romance "At First Sight"
1999:
Cast as John Leguizamo's wife in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"; film was co-written by and co-starred Michael Imperioli
2000:
Made NYC stage debut opposite Daniel Benzali in off-Broadway production of "Naked"
2000:
Appeared as Daisy Buchanan in the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"
2001:
Produced the mockumentary "Lisa Picard Is Famous"; also made cameo appearance as herself
2001:
Played a princess who masquerades as a male in the film version of the Marivaux play "The Triumph of Love"
2002:
Appeared in writer-director Tim Blake Nelson's Holocaust drama "The Grey Zone"
2002:
Starred with Mariah Carey in "WiseGirls"; film screened at Sundance
2002:
Played wife Fanny to Jeff Daniels' Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the "Gettysburg" prequel "Gods and Generals"
2004:
Starred in the thriller "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams and James Caviezel
2005:
Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in the Lifetime drama "Human Trafficking"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie
2007:
Co-starred in the Terry George directed "Reservation Road"
2010:
Played a mother forced to give up her adopted son to his biological father in "Like Dandelion Dust"
2010:
Played a woman haunted by a spirit in an isolated cabin in "The Presence"
2011:
Co-starred in the drama "Union Square," directed by Nancy Savoca
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Dwight-Englewood School: Englewood Cliffs , New Jersey -

Notes

How an early reading of Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstacy" affected her take on sexuality: "In it Michelangelo is described as being bisexual. I thought, Oh I could understand that. What if you just fell in love with somebody who was of your same gender? It's not something you can help. Having an attraction for someone is ineluctable.

"I honestly have not been attracted to women, but I thought it would be possible because of that book. I could imagine that some person would walk into my life one day that I'd fall in love with, and it would be a woman. As a teenager I used to worry about it because I thought it would be a big problem for my family and confusing for me. I used to be very fond of people on a platonic level to the point where I'd wonder, Is this love ... sexual? But it never had a physical correspondence. I know now I'm pretty damned heterosexual. It's not hard to fall for men. It's actually alarmingly easy." --Mira Sorvino The Advocate, April 2, 1996.

"My father did not want me to be a child actor, did not want me to audition for things. I was actually offered a part by Diane Ladd to play her daughter on a television series but my father wouldn't let me. I'm glad about that now because I had a normal childhood, I had a lot of chances to try and do other things and Harvard was like an extended version of that. Then I could go and see whether acting was for me or maybe just a childish notion." --Sorvino quoted in Empire, July 1998,

"Marlon Brando once said to me, 'Some people act in order to escape what they are; that is not the case with you. You act to become more of what you are. You act because you cannot be all the things you are in life.' I think that was an astute observation; I don't look to escape myself, I look to distill certain aspects of myself in uncut form as a character. All of my characters are me, just little pieces of me." --Sorvino To Reel.com, May 29, 2002

"I was too tall in high school. At 13, I was 5'9-the tallest kid in my class. I'd walk down the halls feeling like a giraffe. Being famous is like being too tall in high school, Sometimes I feel that way even today. it's not that big a problem. i'm not phobic or anything. But, if I look back, there were times when it was difficult for me to behave the right way."-Sorvino on fame Movieline October 2002

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companion:
Quentin Tarantino. Director, screenwriter. Together from c. January 1996 to February 1998.
companion:
Marc Anthony. Singer, actor. Dated in summer 1998.
companion:
Olivier Martinez. Actor. Dating as of fall 1998; no longer together as of 2003; reportedly dating Kylie Minogue in 2003.
husband:
Christopher Backus. Actor. Began dating spring of 2003; engaged September 2003; married June 11, 2004 at a Santa Barbara, CA, courthouse; a religious ceremony and reception for family and friends took place July 2, 2004 in Capri, Italy; Mira was Pregnant with their first child at their wedding.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Paul Sorvino. Actor. Divorced from Sorvino's mother.
mother:
Lorraine Sorvino. Actor, drama therapist. Fundamentalist Christian; divorced Sorvino's father when Mira was a sophomore at Harvard.
sister:
Amanda Sorvino. Playwright, screenwriter. Born c. 1971; development deal that had father directing her screenplay "The Trouble with Cali" (based on her play) fell through; mother, Lorraine Sorvino.
brother:
Michael Sorvino. Appeared in "Amongst Friends" (1993) and "Sweet Nothing" (1995), films starring Mira; mother, Lorraine Sorvino.
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