Sofia Vergara was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Colombian beach and was quickly presented with offers of modeling and television work. Vergara was apprehensive about doing her first television commercial—until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission to take the assignment. Vergara made her first appearance, aged 17, in a Pepsi commercial which was aired in Latin America.
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Sofia Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. She had her thyroid removed, underwent radioiodine therapy, and made a full recovery. She did not tell her son about this. It’s her courage that she came out from this big health issue.
When you are confronted with something dramatic like the word ‘cancer’ you look at what is important to you. I was lucky because out of all the cancers, this was one you can remove and treat. It could have been a lot, lot worse. My son was very young so I didn’t mention the word ‘cancer’ to him, because I didn’t want to create any fear or drama. I told him I had to go to the doctor, and because mine was in the thyroid – in the neck – I had to wait for it to heal [after surgery] and have treatment… It’s amazing when you go through something like that – you appreciate what you have and try not to dwell on things you don’t have.
World’s highest paid TV actress Sofia Vergara was nicknamed “Toti” by her five siblings and many cousins. Her cousin and adopted sister, Sandra, is also a television actress in the United States.
Sofia Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univision in the late 1990s. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father was a cattle rancher for the meat industry.