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Also Known As: Vera Ann Farmiga Died:
Born: August 6, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Essex County, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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From her first appearance on movie screens in the mid-1990s, actress Vera Farmiga built up a long resume and increasing critical note for dramatic work in largely independent films. Like many independent film actresses, Farmiga was passionate about exploring a wide range of complex, nuanced lead characters; also like those same actresses, her options were limited in the world of male-dominated Hollywood films. Farmiga stuck to her dramatic convictions and over more than a decade, she advanced from memorable supporting roles in films including "15 Minutes" (2001) to the acclaimed lead in "Down to the Bone" (2004), a little-seen film about a working class mother battling drug addiction. As her film festival street cred grew, Farmiga caught the eye of more character-driven filmmakers and had the chance to appear before larger audiences in studio films like "The Departed" (2006) and "Up in the Air" (2009), where she showcased her fine work at crafting layered, realistic female characters.

From her first appearance on movie screens in the mid-1990s, actress Vera Farmiga built up a long resume and increasing critical note for dramatic work in largely independent films. Like many independent film actresses, Farmiga was passionate about exploring a wide range of complex, nuanced lead characters; also like those same actresses, her options were limited in the world of male-dominated Hollywood films. Farmiga stuck to her dramatic convictions and over more than a decade, she advanced from memorable supporting roles in films including "15 Minutes" (2001) to the acclaimed lead in "Down to the Bone" (2004), a little-seen film about a working class mother battling drug addiction. As her film festival street cred grew, Farmiga caught the eye of more character-driven filmmakers and had the chance to appear before larger audiences in studio films like "The Departed" (2006) and "Up in the Air" (2009), where she showcased her fine work at crafting layered, realistic female characters.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Judge, The (2014)
2.
 Admissions (2014)
3.
 Greenland Time (2014)
4.
 Conjuring, The (2013)
5.
6.
 Drummer, The (2013)
7.
 Goats (2012)
8.
 Safe House (2012)
9.
 Higher Ground (2011)
10.
 Source Code (2011)
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Raised in an insular Ukranian community in Passaic, NJ
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Learned English at age six
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Toured with a folk-dancing company in her teens
1996:
Starred as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater production of "The Tempest"
1996:
Made Broadway debut as an understudy in "Taking Sides"
1997:
Featured in the off-Broadway play "Second-Hand Smoke"
1997:
Played medival battler Catlin on the adventure series "Roar" (Fox)
1998:
Made feature debut with a supporting role in "Return to Paradise"
2000:
Featured as the grown daughter of Christopher Walken's retired gangster in "The Opportunists"
2001:
Had supporting role in "15 Minutes" as a murder witness who gets involved with a criminal investigator (Edward Burns)
2001:
Played undercover officer Alex Cross on NBC's crime drama "UC: Undercover"
2002:
Co-starred in "Love in the Time of Money"; film premiered at Sundance
2002:
Appeared in the comedy "Dummy" opposite Adrien Brody
2004:
Cast in "The Manchurian Candidate" opposite Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep
2004:
Played a woman raising her children, while trying to manage her secret drug habit in "Down to the Bone"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead
2006:
Appeared as the wife of a low level mob flunkie in Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared"
2006:
Played a police psychiatrist in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed"
2006:
Co-starred in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering"
2007:
Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the dramedy "Joshua"; film screened at Sundance
2008:
Played the mother in the Holocaust film "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"
2008:
Cast in Rod Lurie's political thriller "Nothing But the Truth"
2009:
Played the mother of an adopted child in the thriller "Orphan"
2009:
Co-starred with George Clooney in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Up in the Air")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role ("Up in the Air")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("Up in the Air")
2011:
Made directorial debut with "Higher Ground"; also starred
2011:
Cast alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in the sci-fi thriller "Source Code"
2012:
Reteamed with Denzel Washington in action drama "Safe House"
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -
Hunterdon Central Regional High School: Flemington , New Jersey - 1991

Notes

"I can't do Los Angeles. I've always been the anti-Barbie. I don't want to be in a place where almost every woman walks around with puffy lips, little noses and breasts large enough to nourish a small country." --Farmiga to The Movies Magazine, February/March 2001.

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husband:
Sebastian Roache. Co-starred with Farmiga on "Roar"; eloped to the Bahamas when the series ended.

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