Who is Laura San Giacomo? Wiki Bio
Laura San Giacomo was born in West Orange, New Jersey USA, on 14 November 1962, so her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, perhaps best known for playing Cynthia in the movie “Sex, Lies, and “Videotape” released in 1989.
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Laura was raised in West Orange by her father John San Giacomo who was a paper mill owner, and her mother MaryJo who was a high school teacher. Laura attended Morris Knolls High School where she became interested in acting, and joined the school’s drama club, appearing in all the plays at her school as well as at several others. Upon matriculation, she enrolled at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama located in Pittsburgh, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting in 1984.
Laura was also physically active while studying, as she played soccer and ran track, while she was simultaneously learning how to play the piano, and practicing singing.
Career as an actress (stage and film)
She launched her career as a stage actress shortly after graduation, appearing in plays such as “Wrong Turn at Lungfish” performed in Los Angeles, as well as in “Three Sisters” produced by the Princeton/McCarter Theater. In 1988, she was invited to play the lead role in “Italian American Reconciliation”, and went on to appear in several of Shakespeare’s plays such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Tempest”, and “Crimes of the Heart” among others. for playing Cynthia in the movie “Sex, Lies, and “Videotape” released in 1989.
Early life and education
In 1988 she made her debut film appearance in “Miles from Home” portraying Sandy, and in the following year she played Cynthia Patrice Bishop in “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” – for her performance, she was nominated for seven awards, winning four including Chicago Film Critics Association Award for most promising actress, and Independent Spirit Award for best supporting female actress. The year 1990 saw her appear in three movies, entitled “Pretty Woman”, “Vital Signs”, and “Quigley Down Under” while she was invited to appear in “Once Around” and “Under Suspicion” in 1991.
In the following years, Laura appeared in films such as “Nina Takes a Lover” in 1994, “Stuart Saves His Family” in 1995, and “Suicide Kings” in 1997 before she starred in “With Friends Like These” in 1998 – praised for her performance, and becoming famous all around the US.
In 1999, she was invited to portray Jacqueline Fosburg in the movie “Eat Your Heart Out”, which follows three friends as they become wealthy and famous. New roles followed – in 2005 “Checking Out” won her a Palms Beach International Film Festival Award for best actress, and after “Havoc”, she took a six-year break, before appearing in “Few Options” in 2011.
Some of Laura’s most recent roles have been in “The Meddler” in 2015, “Honey Boy” in 2019, and “Violet” which is set to be released on 14 March 2020.
Appearances in TV series
She made her debut TV series appearance in “Spenser: For Hire” in 1987, and then appeared in single episodes of many other TV series, such as “The Equalizer” and “Miami Vice” in 1989, “The Stand” in 1994, and “Fallen Angels” in 1995. Two years later, Laura was invited to portray the lead role of Maya Gallo in the comedy series “Just Shoot Me!” which also stared Enrico Colantoni, and George Segal, and follows Maya as she gets fired and is forced to work at her father’s fashion magazine called “Blush”.
Laura appeared in all 149 episodes and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, and for a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.
She went on to appear in a single episode of series such as “The Handler” in 2003 and “Related” in 2006, and in 2007 began portraying Rhetta Rodriguez in “Saving Grace”, appearing in 46 episodes until the show ended in 2010. As soon as the show was finished, she appeared in “In Plain Sight”, “The Defenders”, and “Medium”, while some of her latest appearances have been in “NCIS” in 2016, “Animal Kingdom” in 2017, and “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2018.
Relatives, love life and husband
Laura married Cameron Dye, a famous actor and singer, in 1990. Cameron is best known for portraying Fred in the film “Valley Girl”, as well as for appearing in movies such as “National Lampoon’s Joy of Sex”, “Fraternity Vacation”, and “Scenes from the Goldmine” amongst others. The two met at a party organized for actors and actresses in 1988, started dating shortly afterwards, and on 19 November 1995, Laura gave birth to their son Mason Dye who was born with cerebral palsy. They divorced in 1998 due to what appears to be infidelity on both sides.
Honey Boy was excellent! Great story and all… but I remember Laura San Giacomo from Sex, lies and videotape and she is devine. She is a goddess of… #LauraSanGiacomo #honeyBoy pic.twitter.com/oft9xIV82D
— JT Mokko 🇫🇮 (@JTMokko) February 14, 2020
In 2000, she married Matt Adler, an American actor best known for playing supporting roles in teenage movies such as “Teen Wolf”, “White Water Summer”, and “Dream a Little Dream” among many others. The two have been together since, with no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage; they don’t have any children together. Torry Castellano, former member and a drummer of The Donnas rock group, is Laura’s cousin.
Hobbies and other interests
Laura is still physically very active, and is a horseback rider, ballet dancer and a gymnast, while she also enjoys going ice skating and playing golf and tennis with her friends and colleagues.
She started taking piano lessons when she was 15 years old, and can today play medium-hard pieces of famous classic music composers.
She is a philanthropist and has donated money to many organizations, mostly those which are working with children with disabilities, becoming interested in this cause after her son was born with cerebral palsy. Laura could have been seen attending the Environmental Media Awards as well as the Friends Finding a Cure project. She is credited with the founding of the CHIME Charter Elementary school in Woodland Hills, which offers free public education to both children with and without disabilities, and counts over 700 attendants today.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys watching movies, with some of her favorite actors and actresses being Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, while some of her favorite movies include “The Godfather” trilogy, “Scarface”, and “Sleepers”. She likes to listen to classical music the most, and enjoys watching ballet and operas. She is currently living in the San Fernando Valley in California.
Appearance and net worth
Laura is 57 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, and weighs around 114lbs (52kgs). As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $6 million.