This Colombia-born beauty initially studied dentistry before transitioning to a career as a model and performer. After moving to the U.S. in the mid-'90s, she became the host of a series of shows on Univision, the nation's leading Spanish network. After consistently being voted one of the world's sexiest women by a host of men's magazines, Hollywood finally came calling with supporting roles in a number of films. In 2005 Vergara landed her first series television role on the short-lived sitcom Hot Properties. After the show was quickly canceled, she guest-starred on several series, including Entourage and Dirty Sexy Money, before landing a regular role on Modern Family. Although Vergara veers toward comedy on screen, in real life she has endured her share of drama, including a bout with thyroid cancer, the murder of her brother and single motherhood.