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Name: Mira Katherine Sorvino                                                             
Born: 28 September 1967 Tenafly, New Jersey                                               
Mira Katherine Sorvino (born September 28, 1967) is an Academy Award- and Golden         
Globe Award-winning American actress.                                                     
Sorvino was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, the daughter of Lorraine Davis, a drama         
therapist for Alzheimer's patients and former actress, and Paul Sorvino, an               
Italian American character actor and director. She has two siblings,                     
Michael, and Amanda, a playwright.                                                       
Her father did not want his children to become actors; at a young age, however,           
Sorvino wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis,           
in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood High School and Harvard University,           
where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies. Her thesis was on             
anti-African sentiment in China. While at Harvard, she helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe 
Veritones, one of Harvard's premier co-ed a cappella groups.                             
Sorvino spent the next three years in New York City, trying to make a name for           
herself as an actress. 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 opened doors for her.                                                             
After small but showy roles in Robert Redford's Quiz Show and Whit Stillman's             
Barcelona, her portrayal of a squeaky-voiced, foul-mouthed prostitute in Woody           
Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting           
Actress. Other credits include Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (opposite           
Lisa Kudrow) and At First Sight with Val Kilmer. In recent years, she has                 
starred in lower budget and independent films. In 2005, she received a Golden             
Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in         
the Lifetime film Human Trafficking.                                                     
In February 2008 she guest starred in an episode of the medical television drama