In the Beginning
Sofía Margarita Vergara was born on July 10, 1972, to a Roman Catholic family in Colombia. Her parents were Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara and Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo who worked as a cattle producer in the meat industry. During her childhood, she was called Toti by her siblings, including several of her cousins. Following her formative years, she studied dentistry at a Colombia University, but shortly before she would have been handed her degree, she left the dentistry field and decided to go into show business. Part of her decision to abandon her degree and move was influenced by the unrest in Colombia, her brother having been murdered during a kidnapping attempt.
Though she is now primarily an American actress, Vergara was first discovered in her home country of Colombia, particularly when she was seen by a photographer on a Colombian beach. She was quickly offered work in television as well as modeling. Though she was hesitant to take on the job due to her catholic upbringing, her teachers gave her the green light, and at the age of seventeen, she performed in a Pepsi commercial broadcast across Latin America. Vergara was on her way to fame. When she was twenty years old, she moved to Bogota, Colombia where she would work as both a runway model and television actress, though she didn’t quite have a leading role yet. Instead, she co-hosted a travel television series where she would visit exotic locations across the world. Though she wasn’t leading, she did gain exposure in the United States and eventually appeared as a guest star in the HBO series Entourage. In addition to that, she posed for several swimsuit calendars over the years. In 2007 she would play Alice Oviedo in Amas de Casa Desesperadas, which was the Colombian version of Desperate housewives. Vergara was eventually able to sign a contract with the ABC network in the United States, bringing her to televisions across the world. She appeared on a number of different shows including Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity. Right now, she is starring on Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. For this role, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series. Not all of her arrangements were a success of course. In 2011, she was slated to star in an independent drama called ‘The Paperboy’ but a conflict with her Modern Family schedule forced her to leave the project. She did, however, find time to star in another film, The Three Stooges, in 2011. Since then she has appeared in her son Manolo’s web series and has been named one of People Magazine’s top 50 most Beautiful people. She has also been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, being one of the most influential Latin women in Hollywood.
Most Known For
Vergara is known for a number of different things in her career, most notably being the most influential Latin American in Hollywood. In addition to that, she stars on the popular Modern Family television show which has captured the attention of much of North America. Because of her role in the show she has won four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to that, she was ranked the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Vergara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 7, 2015.
Where IS She Now?
Vergara is still making routine appearances in ABC’s modern family.