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Sofía Margarita Vergara
(born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a Colombian model and
Born July 10, 1972
Notable roles Grilled
The 24th Day (2004)
Chasing Papi (2003)
Big Trouble (2002)
"La Toti" was the
nickname given to Vergara by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins,
including television news anchor and reporter Carlos Vergara, who currently
works for WTVJ in Miami, Florida. She grew up on her father's farm in Colombia,
where for recreation and exercise, she liked to swim in a river and ride horses.
She came from a moderately well-off family in Colombia and was sent to private
bilingual (Spanish/English) schools there, including elementary school. She got
married at the age of 18, and she gave birth to her son Manolo in 1992. The
marriage did not last very long, and then she studied dentistry at a college in
Colombia for three years.
life and Career
Vergara was discovered
by a photographer while walking a Colombian beach. Soon, she was presented with
attractive offers in modeling and TV work, and followed that course. She made
her first public appearance at the age of 17 in a Pepsi commercial that was
widely telecast all over Latin America. Considering that she had a son, mother,
and younger siblings who needed her financial support in the absence of her
father, who had departed the family, gave her further impetus to drop out of
college and go to work where she could earn good wages.
Vergara moved to Bogotá
at the age of 20, where she worked as a model on the runway and on TV. From 1995
to 1999, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore on Fuera de Serie ("Out of the
Ordinary" or "Over-the-Top"), a series which sent her to exotic places all over
the world (this is similar to the U.S. Wild On! travel series). It was telecast
on the international Univision Spanish-language network, and it made her a star
in the Latin American market and gave her some USA TV exposure. She also
co-hosted the Univision show A que no te atreves ("I Dare You").
Besides runway and
catalog modeling work, Vergara also did independent projects. She was
photographed for posters swimsuit calendars in 1998, 2000, and 2002. These were
top sellers in Latin America, and also penetrated the North American market. She
did South American television ads, and also posed in swimsuits for posters for
beer advertising, especially for Miller Lite beer.
Vergara is 170 cm (5
ft, 7 in) tall, and she has naturally blonde/sunbleached hair (for films and TV,
she is frequently required to dye it brunette to make her look more "Latina").
As for her figure, she says that she has been built this way since she was 13
years old, and it is all 100% natural.
Vergara was long under
an exclusive TV contract with Univision, but that has now expired and she was
open to accept a role with ABC in the United States. With ABC, she acted in the
short-lived sitcom Hot Properties in 2005 and can currently be seen in the
sitcom The Knights of Prosperity.
Vergara has been seen
with Enrique Iglesias and Latin superstar Luis Miguel. Sofia has lived in the
United States for a while now, mostly in Miami and Los Angeles, and she brought
other family members including her mother, sister, and his son to live with her.
Her older brother was killed in Colombia. His murder is still unsolved.
She will play the role
of Mary Alice Young in the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives.
The 24th Day
Lords of Dogtown
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