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Actress Mira Sorvino named Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations
Antonio Maria Costa, head United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, presents Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino with a certificate for her appointment to be a Goodwill Ambassador to UNODC at the United Nations on February 12, 2009 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Mira Katherine Sorvino (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 68th Academy Awards for her performance in Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

Sorvino was born in New York City and was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, a drama therapist for Alzheimer's disease patients and former actress, and Paul Sorvino, an Italian American character actor and director. She has two siblings, Michael and Amanda, a playwright.

Her father did not want his children to become actors; at a young age, however, Sorvino wrote and acted in backyard plays with her childhood friend Hope Davis, in theater productions at Dwight-Englewood High School, and at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Studies. Her thesis was on anti-African sentiment in China. While at Harvard, she helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's premier co-ed a cappella groups. Her solo piece was Yaz's "Only You".

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