Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
Sofía Margarita Vergara (born July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia) is a Colombian actress and glamour model.
Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi (2003). Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers (2005) and two Tyler Perry films – Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009), receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. Vergara’s success on television has earned her roles in recent films The Smurfs (2011), New Year’s Eve (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), The Three Stooges (2012), Escape from Planet Earth (2013) and Machete Kills (2013). In 2012 and 2013, she was the top-earning actress on US television.
Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes
“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 1991 at the age of 19. The marriage did not last very long, and then she studied dentistry at a college in Colombia for three years.
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.
In an interview in Allure magazine in August 2012, she revealed her bra size to be 32F. A further interview for Vogue magazine in March 2013 confirmed this. 
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. ABC has pulled the low-rated freshman comedy “The Knights of Prosperity,” leaving the show’s remaining episodes in limbo.
In 2007, Vergara starred as Alicia Oviedo in Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian-Ecuadorian version of Desperate Housewives. Vergara’s character is essentially the Colombian counterpart to the Mary Alice Young character in the American show.
In 2009, Vergara reached high popularity when she starred as Gloria Pritchett in an ABC sitcom Modern Family. Vergara played a Colombian woman living in a Los Angeles-area suburban community and married to an older man played by Ed O’Neill. The show became an instant success and received nominations and critical acclaim. In 2011, for her role, Vergara earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film, the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2011, Vergara starred in the animated feature film The Smurfs as Odile, a Mexican-American executive at a French cosmetics company. Vergara also starred in Happy Feet Two and New Years Eve in the same year. In 2012, Vergara starred as the lead antagonist in The Three Stooges, the film adaptation of the famous comedy series from the m > In 2013, Vergara plans to star in Machete Kills in an ensemble cast alongside Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach. Soon she was presented with offers in modeling and television work, and she considered accepting them despite being raised both conservatively and religiously. Vergara was “apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment.” Vergara made her first appearance as a performer at the age of seventeen in a Pepsi commercial that was widely broadcast in Latin America.
At the age of 20, Vergara moved to Bogotá, Colombia, where she worked as a runway model and on television. From 1995 to 1998, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore of Fuera de serie (“Out of the Ordinary” or “Over-the-Top”), a travel series in which she visited exotic places around the world. It was telecast on the international Univisión Spanish-language television network, and it made her a star in the Latin American market. It also gave Vergara television exposure in the United States via the Univisión stations. She co-hosted the Univisión show A que no te atreves (“I Dare You”). She appeared as a guest star in the season-four opening of the HBO series Entourage. She was photographed for posters and swimsuit calendars in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Vergara at the 70th Golden Globe Awards
Vergara is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) tall and has naturally blond hair, although for movies and television, she is sometimes asked to dye it brown to make her look more stereotypically Latina. Vergara was under an exclusive television contract with Univisión for several years, and after it expired, she accepted a role with the ABC network in the United States. Vergara appeared on the ABC situation comedies Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity. She stars on the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Vergara plays Alicia Oviedo in the television show Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives. Her character is essentially the Colombian counterpart to the Mary Alice Young character in the American show. She also appeared on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling’s love interest. Vergara has made guest appearances in the Mexican telenovela Fuego En La Sangre. In 2009, Vergara played “Mama” Morton in the Broadway revival of Chicago for five weeks.
In 2011, Vergara was supposed to star in The Paperboy, an independent drama directed by Lee Daniels. When shooting was delayed for a week (which conflicted with Vergara shooting Season 3 of Modern Family), she was forced to drop out. In July 2011, she finished filming for the Farrelly brothers’ The Three Stooges, which The Daily Beast described as her first lead role in a film. Vergara has stated, “I play a mean woman that tries to manipulate the Three Stooges into killing her husband so that she gets all the money.” In April 2012, she appeared in her son Manolo’s YouTube web series Vida con Toty. Vergara was the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, earning $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on July 18, 2012. In 2008, Vergara was ranked 62 on Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” list. She was named one of People magazine’s “50 most beautiful people” and has been recognized by both the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard as one of the most influential Latin Women in Hollywood.
Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton (2009)
In 2011, Vergara was named the new face of CoverGirl, with the first advertisements appearing in January 2012. In April 2011, Vergara appeared in a Diet Pepsi commercial with David Beckham, and another in January 2012. In 2011, it was announced that Vergara is designing a clothing line for Kmart targeting soccer moms, and appeared in a number of commercials for Comcast’s Xfinity brand and State Farm.
Vergara was married at the age of 18 to her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez. She gave birth to their son Manolo in September 1992. They divorced in 1993.
In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered in Bogota.On May 9, 2011, Vergara’s younger brother Julio was deported from the United States to Colombia after being arrested in April; Julio also had a longtime drug addiction and previous brushes with the law.”To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that’s the worst punishment,” Vergara told Parade magazine. “Now he’s like another person.”
Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent radioiodine therapy, and made a full recovery. She takes medication to prevent hypothyroidism.
On July 10, 2012, it was reported that Vergara and her boyfriend Nick Loeb were engaged.On May 23, 2014, Vergara announced that the engagement had been called off.
In July 2014, it was reported that Vergara began dating True Blood star Joe Manganiello. The pair became engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after only six months of dating.
During her December 2014 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Vergara revealed that she became an American citizen.