"And the Oscar goes to..."
Those words have launched actors and actresses into stardom, no matter how obscure they were beforehand. When Mira Sorvino won, she went from "an actor's daughter" to America's next sweetheart. And she was, if only for a little while. She won the same year Susan Sarandon, Nic Cage and Kevin Spacey also took home acting awards, and there was no indication she'd be anything less than successful.
Sorvino seemed to embody the Daddy's Little Girl image. Her father Paul, known for his role on Law & Order, sobbed his way through her entire acceptance speech at the Oscars. Everyone was rooting for the likable actress to make her mark.
After winning her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mighty Aphrodite, a small Woody Allen movie that was much loved in the '90s even if it has been forgotten now, Sorvino landed a few leading roles in moderate box office successes. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion has actually endured as her most well-known role, even though no one wanted her to make it.
"They were all 'an Oscar-winner cannot do that movie'," she said of the female-buddy comedy. "It turned out to be my most beloved role."
Although that movie made money, it did nothing to continue Sorvino's star. When the calendar flipped and brought in a new Millennium it seemed that the page turned without her.
Where did she go? Find out on the next page.