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Vera Farmiga Introduction
Vera Ann Farmiga (born August 6, 1973) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the 2006 films Running Scared and The Departed, in which she engaged in "relations" with Leonardo Dicaprio's character, who was her character's psychiatric patient. This was totally unbelievable. Nope. Didn't buy it. Dicaprio may be irresistable to women, but when he's playing a skeezy undercover cop, I don't care. No psychologist is going to put her job on the line for one wild night with Leo.
Vera Farmiga Life Story
Vera Farmiga (pronounced far-MEE-guh), the second oldest of seven children, was born in Essex County, New Jersey and grew up in Irvington, New Jersey, the daughter of Michael (a computer-systems analyst) and Luba Farmiga (a schoolteacher), Ukrainian immigrants. She was raised in an insular Ukrainian American community, not speaking English until the age of six. She attended a Ukrainian Catholic school in Newark and toured with a Ukrainian folk-dancing ensemble. Her family then moved to Hunterdon County, where Vera graduated from Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington in 1991.
Although she originally intended to become an optometrist, Farmiga attended Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She made her Broadway debut in 1996 as an understudy in the play Taking Sides. The same year, she starred as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater production of The Tempest. Throughout the late 1990s, Vera continued appearing in stage, television and film roles, including a part in the 1998 film Return to Paradise. Her television debut came in 1997, opposite Heath Ledger in the short-lived swords-and-sandals fantasy Roar.
"I was a bit skeptical" about that audition, Vera told the New York Daily News. "I thought, `Oh, no. They're going to look for somebody with big hair and triple-D breasts.' She's not the archtypical superhero. Ever since I had my two-piece Wonder Woman Under-oos, I've wanted to be a superhero."
Farmiga appeared in several high profile films in the early 2000s, including Autumn in New York and 15 Minutes. Farmiga also appeared in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Vera's brave lead performance in the 2005 drug addiction drama Down to the Bone received a Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Although very small-breasted, Vera Farmiga showed her 33B boobies in two extended scenes in that movie. While not a conventional beauty, Farmiga has always been willing to do nudity if it serves the plot.
In 2006 she appeared in Running Scared, and as the police psychiatrist in Martin Scorsese's ridiculous The Departed, mentioned above. Despite the badly written part, Farmiga managed to stand out against the rest of the predictably bloody crime drama. In 2009, she starred in the horror film The Orphan. In early 2010, Vera received numerous supporting actress award nominations for her role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air.
Vera was formerly married to actor Sebastian Roché, who co-starred with her in the television series "Roar". The two eloped to the Bahamas after the series' end in 1997. The marriage ended in divorce in 2005.