July 10: Actress Sofía Vergara from "Modern Family" - who has a great voice - is 39 today.

OK; she's not a singer, but she does have a beautiful voice and of course, other attributes that sing.

Born Sofía Margarita Vergara in Barranquilla, Colombia Vergara, was already well-known in North America from her modeling work before becoming a TV star Her first notable acting job in English was in the 2003 movie Chasing Papi. She then appeared in several films including two Tyler Perry movies, Meet the Browns in 2008, and Madea Goes to Jail the following year. She was nominated for an ALMA Award for her role in the latter film.

She currently stars on the critically acclaimed ABC sitcom Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Vergara is 5 feet 7 inches tall, and has naturally blond hair. She is sometimes asked to color it brunette to make her look more stereotypically Latina- which she does for her role on Modern Family.

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Vergara attended a private bilingual Spanish/English school in Columbia. She was married at the age of 18 to her childhood sweetheart, and gave birth to a son Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara in September 1992. After her divorce, Vergara studied pre-dentistry at a university in Colombia for three years.

Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach. Soon she was presented with attractive offers in modeling and television work, and Sofía decided to pursue these in Latin America, leaving two semesters shy of graduating from dental school.

Vergara moved to Bogotá, Colombia, at the age of 20, where she worked as a runway model and on television. From 1995 to 1999, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore on Fuera de Serie ("Out of the Ordinary" or "Over-the-Top"), a travel series that sent her to exotic places around the world.
 The show appeared on the international Univision Spanish-language television network, and it made her a star in the Latin American market.  It also gave Vergara television exposure in the U.S. via the Univision.

She co-hosted the Univision show A que no te atreves ("I Dare You"), and appeared as a guest star in the season-four opening of the HBO series Entourage.

Besides runway and catalog modeling work, Vergara did independent projects. She was photographed for posters and swimsuit calendars in 1998, 2000, and 2002.

Vergara was under an exclusive television contract with Univision for several years, and after it expired she accepted a role with the ABC network in the U.S. and moved to Miami, Florida, with her son, mother and sister.

Vergara has played Alicia Oviedo in the television show Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives. Her character is the Colombian counterpart to the Mary Alice Young character in the American show.

She also appeared on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money as Jeremy Darling's love interest. Vergara appeared on the ABC situation comedies Hot Properties and The Knights of Prosperity and guest appearances on a number of other shows, before being cast as Gloria on Modern Family.