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'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' stars reunite at America Ferrera's NYC show

'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' stars reunite at America Ferrera's NYC show

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) --Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel turned out to America Ferrera's off-broadway play, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," in New York City on Saturday.
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America Ferrera reunites with 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' co-stars

America Ferrera reunites with 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' co-stars

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) --America Ferrera got together with "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" co-stars Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn for brunch on Monday.
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Amber Tamblyn says she goes on double dates with America Ferrera 'all the time'

Amber Tamblyn says she goes on double dates with America Ferrera 'all the time'

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) --Fomer co-stars Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera have remained real-life friends more than nine years after "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."
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Notorious prankster dives under America Ferrera's dress on Cannes red carpet

Notorious prankster dives under America Ferrera's dress on Cannes red carpet

CANNES, France, May 18 (UPI) --A Ukrainian media personality ducked under America Ferrera's gown at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.
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Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Drama League nominated the New York musicals "Dogfight," "Here Lies Love" and "Kinky Boots" for its Best Musical Award Tuesday.
America Ferrera weds Ryan Piers Williams

America Ferrera weds Ryan Piers Williams

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- America Ferrera's publicist has confirmed the Hollywood actress has married her longtime beau, director Ryan Piers Williams.
Ferrera, Groening to be Sundance judges

Ferrera, Groening to be Sundance judges

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Actress America Ferrera and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening are to serve as judges at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, organizers announced.
Ferrera to host 'Independent Lens'

Ferrera to host 'Independent Lens'

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- America Ferrera, known as the title character in "Ugly Betty," will host the PBS series "Independent Lens," the producers said in San Francisco Tuesday.
Ferrera and Williams get engaged

Ferrera and Williams get engaged

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- America Ferrera's publicist has confirmed the U.S. actress is engaged to her longtime beau Ryan Piers Williams, People.com said.
America Ferrera to star in 'Tragic' film

America Ferrera to star in 'Tragic' film

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Maya Entertainment has announced plans to produce "American Tragic," a big-screen drama starring America Ferrera.
Ugly Betty to Bond at AIDS show

Ugly Betty to Bond at AIDS show

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Television stars America Ferrera, Emily Deschanel and Neil Patrick Harris attended the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's benefit in Los Angeles, say organizers.
'30 Rock' nominated for 17 Emmys

'30 Rock' nominated for 17 Emmys

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- "30 Rock" was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, including the one for outstanding comedy series, Thursday in Los Angeles.
China to get own version of 'Ugly Betty'

China to get own version of 'Ugly Betty'

BEIJING, March 11 (UPI) -- A Chinese television station says it will produce its own version of the U.S. comedy series "Ugly Betty."
Stars line up for Kids' Choice Awards

Stars line up for Kids' Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. pop stars Miley Cyrus and The Naked Brothers Band are set to perform live at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards.
'Rock,' 'Betty,' 'Sopranos' lead SAG nods

'Rock,' 'Betty,' 'Sopranos' lead SAG nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. TV shows "30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty" were each nominated for three Screen Actors Guild awards, including the prize for best ensemble cast in a comedy.
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Actress America Ferrera arrives at the 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards on March 28, 2009 in Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress who is known for playing the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty. She also starred in the movies Real Women Have Curves, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, its sequel Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and The Dry Land.

Ferrera, the youngest of six children, was born in Los Angeles, California, to parents who immigrated to the United States from Honduras in the mid-1970s. Her mother worked as a housecleaning staff director for a hotel. Her mother raised Ferrera and her siblings, always stressing the importance of higher education.

Ferrera was raised in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, where she attended George Ellery Hale Middle School and El Camino Real High School. From the time she was seven years old, when she landed a small role in a school production of Hamlet and then at age 10 a much bigger role as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, Ferrera knew that she wanted to be a performer. She acted in school plays and community theater in Los Angeles throughout her youth, though with little help from her mother, who insisted that she pursue other interests because she was concerned her daughter would not get a fair shake. Ferrera was forced to take the bus to auditions, though eventually her mother saw her daughter’s dedication and began to drive her. Ferrera disliked her first name as a child and went by her middle name, "Georgine", until she began acting professionally.

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