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Mira Sorvino (Ruth Wheldon) won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Critics' Choice Award, and the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle citations, among other honors, for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite.
She was recently a Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in Christian Duguay's miniseries Human Trafficking; and had previously been nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Tim Fywell's Norma Jean and Marilyn, which also earned her an Emmy Award nomination.
Ms. Sorvino's other features include Robert Redford's Quiz Show; Spike Lee's Summer of Sam; David Mirkin's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion; Clare Peploe's The Triumph of Love; Whit Stillman's Barcelona; Gary Winick's Sweet Nothing; Ted Demme's Beautiful Girls; Rob Weiss' Amongst Friends, which she associate-produced; and Brooks Branch's recently completed Multiple Sarcasms.
Additionally, she produced Griffin Dunne's acclaimed independent feature comedy [Lisa Picard is] Famous, which world-premiered at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival; and associate-produced the documentary Freedom to Hate, tracing anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union.
Onstage, Ms. Sorvino has appeared in Joyce Carol Oates' Greensleeves; in Best of Schools, as part of UBU Repertory's Festival of New Plays; and off-Broadway in the Classic Stage Company's adaptation of Naked, among other productions.
She is the official ambassador for the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" program. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities, and charitable organizations. In March of 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International's Artist of Conscience Award, which is given to those who have displayed strong philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, she has lobbied Congress on such topics as human trafficking and the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Sorvino is the daughter of veteran actor Paul Sorvino. She attended to Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian studies and received the Hoopes Prize for her thesis. She has also won the National Italian American Foundation's Achievement Award.