One of the most popular actresses to emerge from Latin America, Sofia Vergara took Hollywood by storm with her scene-stealing performance as a hot-headed trophy wife on the hit sitcom "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ). From the beginning of her career, the Colombian-born actress found success playing up her flirty personality and bombshell beauty - from her days as a television host on Spanish language cable channel Univision, to a co-starring role in the romantic comedy romp "Chasing Papi" (2003). Although she made progress with Hollywood productions like the Mark Wahlberg crime drama "Four Brothers" (2005) and the short-lived sitcom "Hot Properties" (ABC, 2005), Vergara's brief fling with controversial megastar Tom Cruise that same year garnered the lion's share of her press. Then, a hilarious supporting role in Tyler Perry's comedy "Madea Goes to Jail" (2009) preceded by months Vergara's breakout role on "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009- ), on which she proved herself to be far more than mere eye candy as the vivacious wife of curmudgeonly Ed O'Neill. Among other windfalls, the show's success soon earned her several of her own lucrative endorsement deals with such companies as CoverGirl and K-Mart. More frequent film work followed, with comedic appearances in features like "The Smurfs" (2011) and "The Three Stooges" (2012). Defying the misogynistic assumption that beauty and belly laughs did not mix, Vergara continually surprised her critics and thrilled her growing legion of fans.