Mia Sara
Birth Date:
June 19, 1967
Birth Place:
Brooklyn Heights, New York, USA
5' 4
Famous for:
Her role as Sloane Peterson in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986)
St. Ann's School in Brooklyn (graduated in1985)
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American actress Mia Sara became famous after portraying Matthew Broderick’s girlfriend in the John Hughes-directed comedy film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986). In 1995, she took home a Saturn Award for her portrayal of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s wife in “Timecop” (1994). Aside from her performances in numerous TV films and series, Sara is notable for her guest stint as the intelligent girlfriend in two episodes of the CBS “Chicago Hope” (1995-96). Her more recent acting credits include “Birds of Prey” (2002-2003), “    Hoodlum & Son” (2003) and “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” (2012).  

Outside the spotlight, the 5’ 4” actress lived with her then fiancé, producer-actor Clayton Rohner, in a Los Angles home in the late of 1994, before marrying actor Jason Connery in 1996. After a six-year of marriage, the parents of a son named Dashiell Quinn Connery (born in 1997) decided to call it quit in 2002. She is now the wife of Brian Henson. They have one daughter together.

Sara has two Wheaton terriers. Her hobbies include flying and reading. She attended flight training and earned her private pilot’s license while in the set of Timecop (1995).   


Childhood and Family:

Daughter of a photographer and a stylist, Mia Sarapocciello, who would later be famous as Mia Sara, was born on June 19, 1967. Born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York, she was educated at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn for elementary and high school. She was accepted into Barnard College, part of Columbia University, but quit to pursue her acting career. Her parents split up around the time she started acting professionally. She has a younger sister named Cassie.      

In March 1996, Mia was married to actor Jason Connery (born on January 11, 1963), the son of A-list actor Sean Connery, and they welcomed a son named Dashiell Quinn Connery, in June 1997. They divorced in 2002. She married present husband Brian Henson, oldest son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, in 2010. The couple have one daughter, Amelia Jane Henson.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Starting out in commercials at the age of 13, Mia Sara moved to the wide screen movie four years later with a co-starring role opposite Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott’s fantasy Legend (1985), where she portrayed Princess Lily, the personification of innocence. She was soon a hit, playing the game-for-adventure girlfriend of Matthew Broderick in the high school comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), for writer/director John Hughes. Sara segued to the small screen by having the title role of her miniseries debut, “Queenie” (ABC, 1987), a character limply based on screen star Merle Oberon. For the remainder of decade, she went on to undertake roles on films, but most of her projects were forgettable, including one the mystery “Apprentice to Murder” (1988).  

In 1989, Sara had her first TV movie role as a frustrated fashion model named Fran in  PBS's “Big Time,” and followed it up with a fare better supporting turn as the daughter whose amazing beauty lead to a victorious movie career in Judith Krantz’s miniseries “Till We Meet Again.” She also appeared in the horror/thriller TV movie “Daughter of Darkness” (1990), where  shared the screen with Anthony Perkins. The actress did not appear in another features until in 1991 when she had supporting roles in the drama “A Climate for Killing” and the unremarkable sport-themed “By the Sword.” Those were followed by a smaller part as a lovely young Jewish girl in Sidney Lumet’s “A Stranger Among Us” (1992). However, it was the Thomas Michael Donnelly directed mystery “Blindsided” (1993, TV) that gave Sara a change-of-pace character whose compassion and liability masked betrayal.           

After the TV remake of “Call of the Wild” (1993) and the movie “Caroline at Midnight” (1994), Sara attracted the attention of public thanks to her fine acting as the wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Timecop” (1994). For her efforts, she won a Saturn for Best Supporting Actress. Following the award-winning performance, the good-looking player essayed a number of film roles, including as a young mother held detainee by Angie Dickinson and Burt Reynolds in Danny Huston’s little seen “The Maddening” (1995), played Soviet spy in the uneven thriller “Bullet to Beijing” (1995, with Michael Caine and husband Jason Connery) and as an intangible prey for ladies’ man Adrian Pasdar in the comedy “The Pompatus of Love” (1996). During the 1995-96 periods, she also offered a memorable guest spot as Annie Rueman, the smart, compassionate transsexual girlfriend to Peter Berg’s hard-headed doctor, on two episodes of CBS’s series “Chicago Hope.” Sara rejoined Michael Caine for the ABC miniseries “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1997) and then had a supporting role in director/actor Burt Reynolds’ telefilm “Hard Time: Premonition” (1998).

Sara tried her hand in voice over by landing her tone for the Princess Dayzie character in the animated movie “Little Insects” (2000). She could be seen acting in the drama “Turn of Faith” (2001), the family film “The Impossible Elephant” (2001, starred Nicholas Lea), “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story” (2001, TV) and “Lost in Oz” (2002, TV). After playing Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn in the short-lived WB series “Birds of Prey” (2003), she returned to film with a supporting role in the comedy “Hoodlum & Son” (2003). The Ashley Way-helmed starred Ted King, Ron Perlman and Robert Vaughn. From October 2002 to February 2003, she appeared in the short-lived WB Network television show “Birds of Prey,” playing Dr. Harleen Quinzel.

In 2005, Sara resurfaced on the small screen by making a guest appearance in one episode of “CSI: NY,” a spin-off of “Crime Scene Investigations,” called “Jamalot.” She has since appeared periodically onscreen. She was featured as a beautiful passenger in an episode of the TV miniseries “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King” in 2006, portrayed Lena in the TV series “Tinseltown” in 2007 and appeared as Princess Langwidere on an episode of “The Witches of Oz” in 2011. In 2012, she reprised her role of Princess Langwidere in the movie adaptation “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz,” directed by Leigh Scott. She also has completed filming the short film “Pretty Pretty.”


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