Sofia Vergara
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Sofia Vergara Biography

Sofia Vergara is known for her Emmy-nominated role as Gloria on 'Modern Family,' which premiered in 2009. She has starred in film projects as well, including 'Meet the Browns,' 'Happy Feet Two' and 'Hot Pursuit.'

Who Is Sofia Vergara?

Born in Colombia, Sofia Vergara worked as a model before relocating to the United States and becoming a highly-regarded TV host of programs on Univision. She started acting in films in 2000 and became a household name years later for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the hit sitcom Modern Family, with the actress earning consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Additional projects have included Happy Feet Two, The Smurfs, Chef and Hot Pursuit

Early Life & Career

Sofía Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972, to a large family. She learned English at a bilingual elementary school and eventually studied dentistry. Vergara was discovered on a beach by a photographer and got her start on screen doing a Pepsi commercial for the Latin American markets, later working as a model and also starring in a Mexican telenovela.

Vergara would go on to become a Univision television personality in the mid-1990s after she relocated to the United States, hosting the travel show Fuera de Serie and then the variety show A Que No Te Atreves. She had also caught the attention of English-language audiences with a short, captivating turn in the 1995 American Comedy Awards. By the end of the decade, the formidable Vergara had received the Hispanic Woman of the Year award. Yet tragedy had struck during this time as well, as Vergara's brother was killed by gunfire in her home country in 1996.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Movies and TV Shows

'Big Trouble,' 'Meet the Browns, 'Madea Goes to Jail,' 'Modern Family'

In the early 2000s, Vergara became known as a film actress following her debut in 2002's Big Trouble, starring alongside Tim Allen and Rene Russo. 2003's Chasing Papi came next, in which Vergara plays one of Thomas Fuentes' three girlfriends. By the end of the decade, in addition to doing TV work, she had also starred in two films that were directed by Tyler Perry — Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Also in 2009, the actress debuted on the Broadway stage, playing Mama Morton in Chicago, and began her role as the sexy and assertive Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, wife of Jay (played by Ed O'Neil), on the sitcom Modern Family.

The show was an instant hit commercially and critically and won several Emmy Awards. Vergara has earned four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. 

'The Smurfs,' 'Happy Feet Two,' 'Hot Pursuit'

Vergara has continued to be a comedy contender on the big screen as well. In 2011, she co-starred in The Smurfs and voiced the role of Carmen in Happy Feet Two — a sequel to the original 2006 film. She was part of the ensemble cast of New Year's Eve to round out the year. Later projects have included the over-the-top action flick Machete Kills (2013) as well as art-house projects Fading Gigolo (2013) and Chef (2014), with the latter directed by and co-starring Jon Favreau.

In 2015, Vergara teamed up with Reese Witherspoon in the comedy Hot Pursuit and two years later, lent her voice to The Emoji Movie (2017).

Pursuing other business ventures outside of the entertainment world, the actress launched her own Kmart clothing line in 2011, as well as a fragrance and jewelry collection in 2014.

Personal Life


In 2000, an endocrinologist discovered a lump in Vergara’s neck and she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Since then she has had surgery and radiation therapy and takes medication daily to control her metabolism. Vergara also created a foundation to help families in Colombia cope with cancer.

Husbands & Son

Vergara was married to her childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez and they have a son, Manolo, who was born in 1992. The couple divorced in 1993. In July 2012, Vergara became engaged to Nick Loeb, a New Yorker and film production company co-owner. However, the couple called it quits in May 2014. 

Vergara found herself in the midst of a legal battle with Loeb in 2015. Loeb sued her over control of frozen embryos created by the pair when they were a couple. He claims that she was going to destroy them, but she denies this accusation. In a statement to People magazine, her attorney said that "Vergara . . . is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely."

Following the breakup, Vergara began dating True Blood and Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello that summer. In December 2014, Vergara and Manganiello announced their engagement. That same month during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she revealed that she had obtained American citizenship. Vergara married Manganiello on November 22, 2015, in Palm Beach, Florida.

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