Mira Sorvino

  • Birth Name: Mira Katherine Sorvino
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese; spent eight months during college living in Beijing.
  • At Harvard in 1985, was one of the founding members of a coed a cappella group called the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones.
  • Made her acting debut on a 1990 episode of Law & Order, which starred her father, Paul Sorvino. Despite having her scenes cut, she was still able to secure her Screen Actors Guild card.
  • Turned down a three-year contract in 1993 to star in the daytime soap Guiding Light.
  • Her portrayal of an entomologist in the 1997 film Mimic led to her name being used for a chemical defense of the sunburst diving beetle: Mirasorvone.
  • Her charitable efforts include work on the behalf of AIDS research, UNICEF and a coalition to abolish human trafficking.

Awards

  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Winner

Relationships

  • Holden Paul Terry Backus — Son
  • Lucia Backus — Daughter
  • Christopher Backus — Husband
  • Quentin Tarantino — Ex-significant Other
  • Amanda Sorvino — Sister
  • Mattea Angel Backus — Daughter
  • Olivier Martinez — Ex-significant Other
  • Lorraine Davis — Mother
  • Paul Sorvino — Father
  • Johnny Backus — Son
  • Michael Sorvino — Brother

College

  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (BA in East Asian Studies, 1989)

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