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 Emmy-nominated role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the hit sitcom Modern Family. Additional projects have included the films Happy Feet Two, The Smurfs, Chef and Hot Pursuit.
Early Life & Career
Sofia 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. Discovered on a beach by a photographer, Vergara got her start on screen via a Pepsi commercial for the Latin American markets, before working as a model and starring in a Mexican telenovela.
Vergara would go on to become a Univision television personality in the mid-1990s after relocating to the United States, hosting the travel show Fuera de Serie and then the variety show A Que No Te Atreves. She also caught the attention of English-language audiences with a short, captivating appearance during 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.
Movies & TV Shows
'Big Trouble,' 'Meet the Browns,' 'Madea Goes to Jail'
Vergara became known as a film actress following her debut in 2002's Big Trouble, 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, she had starred in two films that were directed by Tyler Perry — Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009) — and made her debut on the Broadway stage by playing Mama Morton in Chicago.
Also in 2009, Vergara began her role as the sexy and assertive Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, wife of the older Jay (played by Ed O'Neill), on the sitcom Modern Family. The show was an instant hit commercially and critically and went on to win five Emmy Awards for outstanding comedy series. Vergara picked up four consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in the supporting actress category, and won a People's Choice Award in 2017 for favorite comedic actress, before Modern Family signed off in April 2020.
'The Smurfs,' 'Happy Feet Two,' 'Chef'
In 2011, Vergara co-starred in The Smurfs and voiced the role of Carmen in Happy Feet Two — a sequel to the original 2006 animated film. She was part of the ensemble cast of New Year's Eve to round out the year. Follow-up projects included the over-the-top action flick Machete Kills (2013) as well as art-house projects Fading Gigolo (2013) and Chef (2014), the latter directed by and co-starring Jon Favreau.
'Hot Pursuit,' 'The Emoji Movie'
After teaming up with Reese Witherspoon for the 2015 buddy comedy Hot Pursuit, Vergara appeared in another comedy, The Female Brain, and lent her voice to the animated The Emoji Movie in 2017. Switching gears, she co-starred in the crime thriller Bent in 2018 and the baseball drama Bottom of the 9th the following year.
In early 2020, it was announced that Vergara was joining the upcoming season of America's Got Talent as a judge, though the show's production was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Businesses & Fashion
Vergara planted the seeds for financial success long before she became the highest-paid actress on television, co-founding Latin World Entertainment in 1994.
The actress launched her own Kmart clothing line in 2011 and a fragrance and jewelry collection three years later. In 2019, she teamed with Walmart to debut a denim brand.
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 claimed that she was going to destroy them, but she denied the accusation. In a statement to People magazine, her attorney said that Vergara was "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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