Vera Farmiga

D.O.B: Aug 06, 1973 |  Passaic County, New Jersey, USA

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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.

Biography

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 Universitys 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 Foxs adventure series, Roar (1997).