1. Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s.
2. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi .
3. Subsequently, she appeared in other films, including Four Brothers , receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter.
4. Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.
5. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
6. Vergara was born to a Roman Catholic family by her five brothers and sisters and many cousins.
7. Vergara initially studied dentistry at a university in Colombia, but left two semesters away from her degree to pursue opportunities in modeling and show business.
8. Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work.
9. At age 20, Vergara moved to Bogotá, Colombia where she worked as a runway model and television actress. From 1995 to 1998, she was co-host with Fernando Fiore of Fuera de serie , a travel series in which she visited exotic places around the world.
10. It was telecast on the international Univisión Spanish television network and made her a star in the Latin American market.
11. She co-hosted the Univisión show, A que no te atreves and appeared as a guest star in the season-four opening of the HBO series Entourage.
12. Vergara was under an exclusive television contract with Univisión for several years and, after it expired, she accepted a role with the ABC network in the United States.
13. Beginning in 2007, Vergara played Alicia Oviedo in the television series Amas de Casa Desesperadas, the Colombian version of Desperate Housewives.
14. Her character is essentially the Colombian counterpart to the character Mary Alice Young in the American series.
15. Vergara has also made many guest appearances in the Mexican telenovela, Fuego en la sangre.
16. In 2009, she played “Mama” Morton in the Broadway revival of Chicago for five weeks and began her current role on Modern Family.
17. In 2011, Vergara was supposed to star in The Paperboy, an independent drama directed by Lee Daniels.
18. When shooting was delayed for a week and conflicted with her Season 3 shooting schedule on Modern Family, she was forced to drop out.