Giving up a promising academic career for Hollywood, Mira Sorvino has won the hearts of audiences, and an Oscar to boot. Mira was born on September 28, 1967, the daughter of character actor Paul Sorvino. Papa Paul didn't want his little girl to get into showbiz, so she devoted her time and effort into her studies and graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies from prestigious Harvard University. Despite her family's wishes, Mira couldn't resist the attraction of acting, so she moved to New York City, where she spent three years going on auditions, waitressing and working for Robert De Niro's Tribeca production company, working her way up through the ranks to take the lead role in the 1993 indie film Amongst Friends, which finally got Mira on the path to stardom. She went on to small but memorable roles in the indie film Barcelona and the Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show. Her performance in these films brought her to the attention of Woody Allen, who cast her as a ditzy hooker (with a heart of gold) in 1995's Mighty Aphrodite, a role which won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Her post-Oscar roles ranged from the comedy Beautiful Girls to the action-packed The Replacement Killers and horror flick Mimic. One of her most memorable characters is 'Romy White,' a flaky aspiring fashion designer living with her best friend from high school, played by Lisa Kudrow in 1997's hilarious Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. Mira has taken on roles in smaller and independent films in recent years, but in 2007 turned in a talked-about guest appearance on the drama House. With her impressive body of work and accomplishments Mira proves that sometimes father doesn't know best.
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