28 September 1967
Tenafly, New Jersey
Mira is one of three children of well-known character actor, Paul Sorvino. Although an
entertainer himself, Paul discouraged his children from pursuing acting, fearing
what might happen to them later in life if they experienced stardom too young.
Mira followed this sound advice and decided to immerse herself in academics, and upon completing
high school from Dwight Englewood High, she went on to Harvard where she graduated with a Major
in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. These studies took her to Beijing where she lived for
eight months, not only mastering the Mandarin language, but ended up writing a Hoopes Prize-winning
thesis on racial conflict in China.
Done with her studies, Mira decided she was ready to try her hand at acting, and made the
move New York where she supported herself between auditions by tending bar, teaching Chinese,
and working as a coat-check girl and waitressing.
Interestingly, Mira got in front of the camera by starting behind it. She worked for a year at
Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions as a reader, then moved on to the position of associate
producer of a documentary about neo-Nazis in Russia. In 1992 she was given the responsibility
of third director on the film "Amongst Friends", and within days she was promoted to casting
director, then to associate producer and eventually she was cast as one of the leads. This lead
to a succession of low-profile roles, including a small part in "Quiz Show". It was this role
that caught the eye of Woody Allen who went on to cast her in "Mighty Aphropdite", providing her
with an Oscar winning role.
Since winning her Oscar, Mira has kept busy with work in film, television and stage, and although
some of her choice of roles have not been the best, Mira continues to hold the attention and
respect of both critics and fans alike.
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