On this day in comedy on July 10, 1972 Actress, Producer, Hostess, Model, Sofía Margarita Vergara was born in Barranquilla.
Vergara was two semesters away from her dentistry degree when she left school and moved to Miami to pursue emerging show business opportunities. She’d been discovered by a prominent photographer while she was walking along the beach in Columbia and was so striking Vergara soon found herself in a Pepsi commercial that aired all over Latin America. Once in the United States she studied acting.
Vergara has appeared in Big Trouble, Chasing Papi (her first English speaking acting gig), Soul Plane, Lords of Dogtown, Four Brothers, Meet the Browns, Madea Goes to Jail, The Smurfs, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet Two, The Three Stooges, Escape from Planet Earth, Machete Kills, Chef and Hot Pursuit.
On TV Vergara was omnipresent on English and Spanish speaking stations starting with Univision in the late 1990’s when she co-hosted not one, but two shows (Fuera de serie, A que no te atreves). She has been seen on Acapulco, cuerpo y alma, Baywatch, My Wife & Kids, Eve, Entourage, Amas de Casa Desperadas, Feugo en la sangre, The Knights of Prosperity, Dirty Sexy Money and Men in Trees.
Vergara stars on ABC’s smash sitcom, Modern Family, where she has received multiple award nominations and wins. As a matter of fact, Sofia Vergara has been nominated by just about every organization that gives out awards for television excellence. So far she has 4 Screen Actor Guild Awards, one from Glamour, another from Imagen and a NAACP Image Award,
Sofia Vergara was in the music video “Que Diera” by Carlos Vives and played Matron “Mama” Morton in the stage production of “Chicago”. She has been herself on Punk’d, Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live and has done voices for The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and The Simpsons.
Forbes ranked her as one of the most powerful women in the world and estimated her annual income to hover around $30 million. At one point Vergara was the top paid actress in all of television.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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