Sorvino spent the next three years in New York City, trying to make a name for herself as an actress. When the 1993 film Amongst Friends entered pre-production, she was hired as third assistant director, then was promoted to casting director, then to assistant producer, and was finally offered a lead role. Positive reviews opened doors for her.
After small but showy roles in Robert Redford’s Quiz Show and Whit Stillman’s Barcelona, she was cast in the 1995 Woody Allen film Mighty Aphrodite. Her portrayal of an all-around sex worker with an idiosyncratic voice boosted her name, and she even won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Other credits include Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (opposite Lisa Kudrow) and At First Sight with Val Kilmer. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn.
In recent years, Sorvino has starred in lower budget and independent films. In 2005, she received a Golden Globe nomination… read more