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A strikingly beautiful South American actress and model who found crossover success by way of American television, Sofía Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on July 10, 1972. After an early marriage to her childhood sweetheart, she had a son, divorced and left dental school to pursue a career in show business.

Vergara's first major English-language role on the big screen came with the romantic comedy Chasing Papi (2003). She also starred in "Amas de Casa Desesperadas" (2006-07) -- the Colombian version of "Desperate Housewives" -- and served as the show's executive producer.

U.S. audiences ultimately embraced Vergara as trophy wife Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (paired with polar opposite Ed O'Neill) on the mockumentary-style comedy "Modern Family" (2009-). Critics agreed, rewarding Vergara with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 2010 for her supporting work on the series.

Sofía Vergara in Modern Family

Modern Family

2009 TV-PG

Jay Pritchett heads a diverse family, including his younger Colombian wife and her son, as they deal with the challenges of contemporary life in Los Angeles. While Jay's grown daughter raises three kids, Jay's gay son has adopted a Vietnamese baby.

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