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Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' selected to open Toronto Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' selected to open Toronto Film Festival

TORONTO, July 25 (UPI) --Canada's 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is to open with a screening of David Dobkin's "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.
Karen Butler
'Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' each get five Critics' Choice nods

'Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' each get five Critics' Choice nods

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) --"The Big Bang Theory" gets best comedy nomination and acting nods for Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco in Critics' Choice Television Awards.
Danielle Haynes
'Bates Motel' gets third season from A&E

'Bates Motel' gets third season from A&E

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- The "Psycho"-inspired drama is still in its second season.
Kate Stanton
'Bates Motel' Season 2 premiere gets live after-show special

'Bates Motel' Season 2 premiere gets live after-show special

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network A&E has announced plans to air a live half-hour special called "Bates Motel: After Hours" next month.
A&E sets return date for 'Bates Motel'

A&E sets return date for 'Bates Motel'

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A&E Network says Season 2 of its Oregon-set drama series "Bates Motel," starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, will premiere March 3.
'The Conjuring' earns $100M at the domestic box office

'The Conjuring' earns $100M at the domestic box office

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The critically acclaimed supernatural thriller "The Conjuring" surpassed $100 million at the North American box office during its third weekend in theaters.
Michael Vartan joins 'Bates Motel' cast

Michael Vartan joins 'Bates Motel' cast

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Michael Vartan is to play a new interest for Vera Farmiga's character Norma Bates on the U.S. drama series "Bates Motel," TV Line reported.

'Conjuring' rides horror to top of weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- The horror film "The Conjuring," starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, creeped its way to the top of the weekend box office with $41.53 million in receipts.
'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' up for Emmy Awards

'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' up for Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men" were nominated for the Best Drama Emmy in Los Angeles Thursday.
A&E orders Season 2 of 'Psycho' prequel 'Bates Motel'

A&E orders Season 2 of 'Psycho' prequel 'Bates Motel'

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Cable network A&E says it has ordered a second season of its Oregon-set drama series, "Bates Motel," starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga.
Highmore to play young Norman Bates

Highmore to play young Norman Bates

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A&E says it has cast British actor Freddie Highmore as young Norman Bates in "Bates Motel," a drama series set before the events of the film thriller "Psycho."
135 invited to be Oscar voters

135 invited to be Oscar voters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday it is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives.
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Nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Vera Farmiga arrives on the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 7, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Vera Ann Farmiga (pronounced /fɑrˈmiːɡə/; born August 6, 1973) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress, best known for her roles in the films Running Scared, The Departed, Orphan and Up in the Air. For her role in the last film, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and Academy Award.

Farmiga, the second oldest of seven children, was born in Clifton, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo, a computer-systems analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a schoolteacher. Farmiga was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community, not speaking English until the age of six. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark and toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing ensemble, Syzokryli. In 1991, Farmiga graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

Although she originally intended to become an optometrist, Farmiga attended Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She made her Broadway debut in 1996 as an understudy in the play Taking Sides. The same year, she starred as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater production of The Tempest. Following her theater debut, she played a role the television series, Roar, which was filmed in Australia, alongside Heath Ledger. Farmiga said that the series "wanted to be Braveheart but turned out more Xena: Warrior Princess." Throughout the late 1990s, she continued appearing in stage, television and film roles, including a part in the 1998 film Return to Paradise.

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