Mira Sorvino was born in Tenafly, New Jersey September 28, 1970. Her father is actor Paul Sorvino (Law
and Order ). She says that he taught her a lot about acting. She majored in East Asian Studies at
Harvard University in 1990 and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.Before getting parts in movies, she
supported herself tending bar, teaching Chinese, and working as a coat-check girl and waitress.She also
worked for Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions as a reader. She read scripts for a year and then was
associate producer of a documentary about neo-Nazis in Russia. In college she sang in the Veritones, an
a cappella group. She is an award winning actress and can be seen in movies like Mighty Aphrodite,
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Barcelona, Quiz Show, and The Replacement Killers.
Sorvino received her first substantial exposure on film as an enigmatic Spanish translator in Barcelona
(1994), Whit Stillman's thoughtful comic talkfest. She entered the mainstream later that same year
playing the Jewish intellectual wife of Rob Morrow in Robert Redford's Quiz Show.
Redford first became aware of the young performer in Amongst Friends (1993), a highly regarded
independent feature at the Sundance Film Festival. The enterprising Harvard grad (a major in East Asian
Studies) also served as associate producer, third assistant director, and casting director in that modest
drama about well-to-do suburban Jews who fall into lives of crime. Sorvino has also worked in theater and
TV and has starred in a Susan Seidelman-directed short ("The Dutch Master") and portrayed a
modern-day Mary in another irreverent short, "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told" (both 1993).
Sorvino had a breakthrough year in 1995 and demonstrated her chameleon-like capabilities and versatility
in three very different roles. She won acclaim for her role as a 19th Century Brazilian-born beauty who
marries an impoverished Englishman in the TV adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The Buccaneers" (shown
on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre"). She appeared briefly as a blonde in the improvisational film Blue in the
Face. And she delivered a star-making portrayal as a bleached-blonde, foul-mouthed stripper who has
given up a child for adoption in Woody Allen's romantic comedy Mighty Aphrodite. Sorvino followed with
the ensemble comedy Beautiful Girls (1996) and the HBO biopic "Norma Jean and Marilyn" (1996) in
which she co-starred as Marilyn Monroe.