Birth Name: Vera Farmiga
Birth Place: Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Farmiga was born to Ukrainian parents on Aug. 6, 1973, and raised in a close-knit Ukrainian community in New Jersey as the second-oldest of seven children (her youngest sister is American Horror Story starlet Taissa Farmiga). Deeply tied to her culture growing up, Farmiga was six years old before she learned English, and as a teen, she toured with a Ukrainian folk dancing group. She also became active in school theater when an injury prevented her from playing soccer. Farmiga immediately found acting to be a great emotional release, so following her 1991 graduation from Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, she further pursued her interest in drama at Syracuse University's Sc...
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