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Vera Farmiga co-stars in The Departed as a police psychiatrist with Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Hollywood was the last stop in a winding road for Vera Farmiga. She grew up in a Ukraine-speaking enclave of New Jersey, the second of seven children and the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants. She did not speak English until she was six years old and was educated at a Ukrainian Catholic School.

Farmiga intended to become an optometrist, but decided to try performing after attending Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts. She spent most of the 1990s appearing on stage and television, including in productions for the American Conservatory Theater and as an understudy in the Broadway’s, Taking Sides.

In the early 2000s she appeared in several films including Autumn in New York and 15 Minutes. In 2005 she won an award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her role in the independent film, Running Scared. She recently co- starred with Paul Walker in 2006's action-thriller, Running Scared.

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