Sorvino, Mira 1968(?)–

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SORVINO, Mira 1968(?)–


Full name, Mira Katherine Sorvino; born September 28, 1968 (some sources cite 1964, 1967, or 1970), in Tenafly, NJ; daughter of Paul Sorvino (an actor and director) and Lorraine Davis (an actress and drama therapist); sister of Michael Sorvino (an actor) and Amanda Sorvino (a writer); married Christopher Backus (an actor), June 11, 2004; children: one daughter. Education: Harvard University, B.A. (magna cum laude), Asian studies, 1990; also an exchange student in Beijing, China.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Manager—Jean Fox, Fox/Albert Management, 88 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023; Industry Entertainment, 955 South Carrillo Dr., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist—I/D Public Relations, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 and 155 Spring St., Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10012.

Career: Actress and producer. Tribeca Productions, worked as a script reader and production assistant for Robert DeNiro. Appeared in commercials. Also worked as a casting director, showroom model, waitress, and bartender. Amnesty International, ambassador for Stop Violence against Women campaign.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award, both best supporting actress, 1995, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, all best supporting actress, 1996, all for Mighty Aphrodite; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a special, 1996, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, 1997, both for Norma Jean & Marilyn; MTV Movie Award nomination (with Lisa Kudrow and Alan Cumming), best dance sequence, 1998, for Romy and Michele's High School Reunion; Taormina Arte Award, Taormina International Film Festival, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Gemma, The Obit Writer, 1993.

Laura, Amongst Friends, Fine Line, 1993.

Mary Weinstein, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (short film), 1993.

Teresa, The Dutch Master (short film), Ziegler Films, 1993, later broadcast as an episode of the television series Tales of Erotica (also known as Erotic Tales), 1996.

Marta Ferrer (some sources cite Monserrat), Barcelona, Fine Line, 1994.

Herself, Everybody Just Stay Calm (documentary), 1994.

Sandra Goodwin, Quiz Show, Buena Vista, 1994.

Blonde woman, Blue in the Face (also known as Brooklyn Bridge), Miramax, 1995.

Diana di Sorella, Tarantella, IVTS/LaVoo, 1995.

Linda Ash, Mighty Aphrodite, Miramax, 1995.

Maria, New York Cop (also known as New York Undercover Cop), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1995.

Monika, Sweet Nothing (also known as Sweet Nothing: A Story of Drugs and the People They Use), Warner Bros., 1995.

Sharon Cassidy, Beautiful Girls, Miramax, 1996.

Dr. Susan Tyler, Mimic, Dimension Films, 1997.

Romy White, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Buena Vista, 1997.

Celia Burns, Lulu on the Bridge, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Death and Jean, Too Tired to Die (also known as New York Daydream), 1998.

Meg Coburn, The Replacement Killers, Columbia/TriStar, 1998.

Amy Benic, At First Sight, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1999.

Dionna, Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999.

Herself, Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Herself, Welcome to Hollywood, Phaedra Cinema/PM Entertainment/Sunland Entertainment, 2000.

Dina, The Grey Zone, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Herself, Famous (also known as Lisa Picard Is Famous), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Maria Delgado, Semana Santa, Buena Vista, 2002.

Princess Leonide, Phocion, and Aspasie, The Triumph of Love (also known as Il trionfo dell'amore), Paramount, 2002.

Fanny Chamberlain, Gods and Generals, Warner Bros., 2003.

Natalia Bauer, Between Strangers (also known as Coeurs inconnus and Cuori estranei), Overseas Film-Group, 2003.

Delila, The Final Cut, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Instant Karma, New Line Cinema, 2005.

Kate Davis, Leningrad, 2006.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Amongst Friends, Fine Line, 1993.

Producer, Famous (also known as Lisa Picard Is Famous), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Director of a documentary film about Russia.

Television Appearances; Series:

Julie Camalletti, Guiding Light, CBS, 1991.

Sophia Eva McCormick DeCastro, Swans Crossing, syndicated, 1992.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Conchita Closson, The Buccaneers, BBC, 1995, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Matty DeRosa, Parallel Lives, Showtime, 1994.

Julie, Jake's Women (also known as Neil Simon's "Jake's Women"), CBS, 1996.

Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean & Marilyn, HBO, 1996.

Agent Karen Polarski, Free Money, Starz!, 1998.

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Meghan "Meg" Kennedy, Wisegirls, HBO, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, Movies in Time Special: Summer of Sam, History Channel, 1999.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby": The Making of a Classic, ABC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (also known as The 1996 Emmy Awards), ABC, 1996.

Presenter, The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1996.

The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996.

Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997.

Presenter, The 1997 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1997.

Presenter, The 69th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1997.

Presenter, The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998.

Presenter, The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1999.

Presenter, The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003.

Presenter, TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as First Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Oldest Rookie, CBS, 1987.

Teresa, The Dutch Master (short film), broadcast on Tales of Erotica (also known as Erotic Tales), 1996.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, multiple appearances, 1996, 1997, 1999.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997, 1999.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001.

Guest, Seitenblicke, 2002.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2002, 2003.

Diane, "Last Ex to Brooklyn," Will & Grace, NBC, 2003.

(In archive footage) Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Best of Schools, Ubu Repertory Theater, New York City, c. 1992.

Ersilia Drei, Naked, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Appeared in Greensleeves.

Stage Work:

Production assistant, That Championship Season, c. 1979.



Herself, Artists of Hell's Kitchen, Palisades Pictures, 2000.

Black–haired femme fatale, Massive Attack: Eleven Promos, Virgin Music Video, 2001.

Herself, Chow Yun–Fat Goes Hollywood, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2001.


Reader, Lucia, Lucia, by Adriana Trigiarni, Random House Audio, 2003.



Advocate, April 2, 1996, pp. 58–60.

Empire, July, 1998, pp. 56–57.

Entertainment Weekly, May 17, 1996, p. 19.

Fashion, October, 2002, pp. 120–21.

GQ, August, 1997, pp. 142–47, 200, 202.

InStyle, April, 2000, pp. 462–63.

Interview, November, 1995, p. 76; June, 2000, p. 70; October, 2002, p. 193.

Los Angeles Times, August 24, 1993, p. F1.

Los Angeles Times Magazine, April, 1997, p. 46.

Movieline, October, 2002, pp. 56–59.

New York Times, August 28, 1994, section 2, p. 20.

Out, May, 2002, p. 40.

Parade, October 11, 1998, pp. 4–6; November 3, 2002, p. 22.

People Weekly, November 18, 1996, p. 95; July 28, 1997, p. 114; March 23, 1998, p. 130; April 8, 2002, p. 118.

Playboy, June, 2002, p. 34.

Point of View, February, 1999.

Redbook, June, 1997, p. 100.

Starlog, October, 1997.

Time, May 25, 1998, p. 89.

US Weekly, July, 1999, pp. 60–62.

Variety, August 18, 1997, p. 5.

Washington Times, August 1, 1997, pp. C12–C13.