|Date of Birth||6 August 1973, Clifton, New Jersey, USA|
|Birth Name||Vera Ann Farmiga|
|Height||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
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Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009).
She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Clifton (Passaic County), New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian parents. She did not speak English until the age of six, and was raised in the strict Ukrainian Catholic home of her mother, Luba (Spas), a schoolteacher, and her father, Michael (Mykhailo) Farmiga, a computer systems analyst. Her younger sister is actress Taissa Farmiga. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school, then went to public school. Young Vera was a shy, nearsighted girl, who played piano and danced. She toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing company in her teens.
In 1991, she graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. She initially dreamed of becoming an optometrist, but changed her mind, and studied acting at Syracuse University's School of Performing Arts. In 1996, she began her professional acting career, making her Broadway debut, as an understudy, in the play "Taking Sides". Her stage credits included performances in "The Tempest", "The Glass Menagerie", "Hamlet" and in a well-reviewed off-Broadway production of "Second-Hand Smoke" (1997). At the same time, she made her television debut as the female lead, opposite then-unknown Heath Ledger, in Fox's adventure series, Roar (1997).
In 1998, Farmiga made her big screen debut in the drama, Return to Paradise (1998), then played daughters of Christopher Walken in The Opportunists (2000) and Richard Gere in Autumn in New York (2000). She starred as a working-class mother struggling to keep her life and marriage together while hiding her drug addiction in Down to the Bone (2004), for which she was awarded Best Actress from the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Farmiga's acting talent shone in a range of characters, from her memorable role as the senator's daughter, opposite Jon Voight, in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), to a mental patient in an insane asylum in Neverwas (2005). She co-stars as the wife of a mobster, opposite Paul Walker, in Running Scared (2006), as a humorous prostitute in Breaking and Entering (2006), and as a doctor in The Departed (2006). In 2010, Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Up in the Air (2009). In 2011, she made her directorial debut with Higher Ground (2011), in which she also appears in the leading role. Although the film had a limited release, Farmiga's direction and performance received attention at several festivals.
Farmiga was formerly married to actor Sebastian Roché, whom she met during her work on the series Roar (1997). The two eloped to the Bahamas after the series ended in 1997. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2005. In 2008, she married musician Renn Hawkey, with whom she has two children, son Fynn McDonnell (b. 2009), and daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey (b. 2010). Farmiga lives with her family in Hudson Valley, New York. Her other activities, outside her acting profession, include reading, playing piano, and spending time with her pet angora goats, an obsession she has had since she was a child.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov
|Renn Hawkey||(13 September 2008 - present) (2 children)|
|Sebastian Roché||(1997 - 2005) (divorced)|
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