Mira Katherine Sorvino (/ˈmiːrə sɔːrˈviːnoʊ/; born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She came to prominence after winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a hooker with a heart of gold in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995). She is also known for starring in the films Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Mimic (1997), Lulu on the Bridge (1998), The Replacement Killers (1998), Summer of Sam (1999), and Like Dandelion Dust (2009). She received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her role in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Human Trafficking (2005).
Sorvino was born in New York City to Lorraine Ruth Davis, a drama therapist for Alzheimer's disease patients and a former actress, and Paul Sorvino, a character actor and film director. She has two siblings, Michael and Amanda. Sorvino is of Italian descent on her father's side.
Sorvino was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where she wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis and in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood School. Sorvino has said that as a child she was strongly influenced by her mother to pursue social causes; her mother had participated at the March on Washington. Sorvino excelled in high school, and was accepted into Harvard University. She studied for one year as an exchange student with CIEE in Beijing, China, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In 1989, she graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in East Asian Studies. She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups in 1985.
Sorvino's first major screen appearance was in the teen television series Swans Crossing, of which she appeared in six episodes. When the 1993 film Amongst Friends entered pre-production, she was hired as third assistant director, then was promoted to casting director, then to assistant producer, and was finally offered a lead role. Positive reviews led to other acting opportunities.
After small roles in Robert Redford's Quiz Show and Whit Stillman's Barcelona, she was cast in the 1995 Woody Allen film Mighty Aphrodite. Her portrayal of a happy-go-lucky prostitute made her a star, winning her an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. While the film garnered Sorvino international notoriety, she described the shooting of the film as extremely stressful: "I was absolutely neurotic doing Mighty Aphrodite," she recalled. "Every night brought a new nervous breakdown. I'd cry and talk to God, I was so nervous. Then the next day, I'd show up and do my scenes."
Other credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion alongside Lisa Kudrow, At First Sight with Val Kilmer, and Summer of Sam from Spike Lee. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the lead role in the 1997 horror movie Mimic from Guillermo del Toro. In 1995, she portrayed Conchita Closson in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers based on Edith Wharton's last novel. She starred as Daisy Buchanan in the 2000 television film The Great Gatsby.
In 2002, Sorvino appeared as the lead in The Triumph of Love, an adaptation of the 1732 Marivaux play. In 2006, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Lifetime film Human Trafficking. The following year, she had a supporting role in the drama Reservation Road (2007), opposite Mark Ruffalo.
In February 2008, she guest-starred in the "Frozen" episode of the medical television drama House. There was talk of making her character, psychiatrist Cate Milton, a recurring character; however, the writers strike put a freeze on such discussions.
She starred in Attack on Leningrad (2009), Multiple Sarcasms (2010) alongside Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing, and Nancy Savoca's Union Square (2012), with Patti Lupone and Tammy Blanchard. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to good reviews. In the same year, Sorvino played the mother of the lead in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
In 2014, she reappeared as Head Detective Betsy Brannigan on the final season of Psych, and on the fourth season of Falling Skies as John Pope's love interest, Sara. Sorvino also joined the cast of the television series Intruders, playing the role of Amy Whelan. In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix series Lady Dynamite as an actor working on a sitcom pilot named White Trash.
Between 1996 and 1998, Mira Sorvino was romantically involved with director Quentin Tarantino, who was her escort to the Academy Awards ceremony where she won Best Supporting Actress for Mighty Aphrodite.
Sorvino met actor Christopher Backus at a friend's charades party in August 2003. On June 11, 2004, they married in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara, California, courthouse, then later had a hilltop ceremony in Capri, Italy. The couple have four children: daughters Mattea Angel (born 2004) and Lucia (born 2012) and sons Johnny Christopher King (born 2006) and Holden Paul Terry Backus (born 2009).
In honor of Sorvino's role as Susan Tyler, an entomologist who was investigating deadly insect mutations in the feature film Mimic, a compound excreted by the sunburst diving beetle as a defensive mechanism was named "mirasorvone" by Thomas Eisner.,
In September 2014, Sorvino gave a wide-ranging interview on The Nerdist Podcast in which she discusses her education and her life in China, and many of her varied interests. Sorvino is a devout Christian. She resides with her family in Los Angeles, California.
She has been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004, and, in 2006, was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award given to those who have displayed longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. Sorvino has been a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, since 2009 through 2012, and has lobbied Congress to abolish human trafficking in Darfur.
|1985||The Stuff||Factory Worker||Uncredited|
|1993||Obit Writer, TheThe Obit Writer||Short film|
|1993||Nyû Yôku no koppu||Maria|
|1994||Quiz Show||Sandra Goodwin|
|1995||Mighty Aphrodite||Linda Ash||Academy Award Winner - Best Supporting Actress|
|1995||Blue in the Face||Young Lady|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Sharon Cassidy|
|1996||Tales of Erotica||Teresa||Short film The Dutch Master|
|1997||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Romy White|
|1997||Mimic||Dr. Susan Tyler|
|1998||Replacement Killers, TheThe Replacement Killers||Meg Coburn|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Celia Burns|
|1998||Too Tired to Die||Death/Jean|
|1998||Free Money||Agent Karen Polarski|
|1999||At First Sight||Amy Benic|
|1999||Summer of Sam||Dionna|
|2001||Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone||Dina|
|2001||Triumph of Love, TheThe Triumph of Love||The Princess|
|2002||Semana santa||Maria Delgado|
|2002||Between Strangers||Natalia Bauer|
|2003||Gods and Generals||Fanny Chamberlain|
|2004||Final Cut, TheThe Final Cut||Delila|
|2006||Covert One: The Hades Factor||Randi Russell||Television film|
|2008||The Last Templar||Tess||Television miniseries|
|2009||Like Dandelion Dust||Wendy Porter|
|2009||Trouble with Cali, TheThe Trouble with Cali||The Balletmaster|
|2009||Attack on Leningrad||Kate Davis|
|2010||Presence, TheThe Presence||The Woman|
|2012||Trade of Innocents||Claire Becker|
|2013||Space Warriors||Sally Hawkins|
|2015||Do You Believe?||Samantha|
|2015||Chloe and Theo||Monica|
|2016||A Christmas to Remember||Jennifer Wade||Television (Hallmark) film|
|2016||The Red Maple Leaf||Marianna Palermo|
|1992||Swans Crossing||Sophia Eva McCormick De Castro||6 episodes|
|1994||Parallel Lives||Matty Derosa||Movie|
|1995||Buccaneers, TheThe Buccaneers||Conchita Closson||5 episodes|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Marilyn Monroe||Movie|
|2000||Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby||Daisy Buchanan||Movie|
|2003||Will & Grace||Diane||Episode "Last Ex to Brooklyn"|
|2005||Human Trafficking||Kate Morozov||Miniseries|
|2008||House||Dr. Cate Milton||Episode "Frozen"|
|2009||Last Templar, TheThe Last Templar||Tess Chaykin||Movie|
|2012||Finding Mrs. Claus||Mrs. Claus||Movie|
|2014||Psych||Head Detective Betsy Brannigan||3 episodes|
|2014–15||Falling Skies||Sara||Recurring role (seasons 4–5)|
|2014||Intruders||Amy Whelan||Main role, 8 episodes|
|2015||Stalker||Vicki Gregg||Recurring role|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Herself/Millicent Pratt/ Jennipher Nickels||1 episode ("White Trash")|
|1995||Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Mighty Aphrodite||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Won|
|National Board of Review||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Southeastern Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|BAFTA||Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1996||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Nominated|
|1997||MTV Movie Awards||Best Dance Sequence||Romy and Michele's High School Reunion||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress||Mimic||Nominated|
|2005||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Human Trafficking||Nominated|
|2009||San Diego Film Festival||Best Actress||Like Dandelion Dust||Won|
Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Sorvino will play Marty Frost, an investigator who has come out of retirement to take over after an attack at Turner’s office.