• Laura San Giacomo was born in West Orange, New Jersey and holds American nationality
• She is an actress best known for playing Cynthia in the movie "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" (1989)
• She starred in films such as "Pretty Woman" (1990), "Vital Signs" (1990), "Suicide Kings" (1997), "The Meddler" (2015), and "Honey Boy" (2019)
• She also portrayed Maya Gallo in the comedy series "Just Shoot Me!" (1997-2003)
• She is married to actor Cameron Dye (1990-1998) and actor Matt Adler (2000-present), and has an estimated net worth of over $6 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthNovember 14, 1962
FactAttended Morris Knolls High School in Denville, New Jersey.

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.

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.

Laura San Giacomo

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameLaura San Giacomo
Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthNovember 14, 1962
Height1.57 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationCarnegie Mellon School of Drama, Morris Knolls High School, Washington College


ChildrenMason Dye
ParentsJohn San Giacomo, MaryJo San Giacomo


AwardsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
MoviesPretty Woman, Quigley Down Under, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Nina Takes a Lover, Under Suspicion, Once Around, The Stand, Stuart Saves His Family, Suicide Kings, Havoc, Where the Day Takes You, Least Among Saints, With Friends Like These..., Checking Out, The Right to Remain Silent, The Meddler, Few ...
TV ShowsThe Defenders, Saving Grace, Just Shoot Me!, Snapped

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1The world is changing and the physical barriers are down now. It's time for the emotional barriers to go down. And what better place to start than school?
2I went to college in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University... studied acting there. Then I went to New York for about five years. I moved out here about 10 years ago.
3We've all had those moments where we take a person for granted.
4I believe in giving back.
5Certainly situation comedy is harder than people who are good at it make it look, but it's fun to do something different.
6There are amazing schools and amazing educators that are doing a wonderful job. And then there are a lot of educators that are not prepared to deal with inclusive education. They haven't been trained. It's really quite lovely and easy when you understand how to do it.
7I have a son, Mason, who is disabled - cerebral palsy - and he does not walk independently, sit independently or speak. He uses a talking computer. I started becoming an advocate for him when he was 3 years old.
8I'm a bit of a layman physics junkie. I don't really understand it, but I love trying to understand it.
9I am willing to lend that hand, I will continue to stay involved with my charities as long as they need me.
10It's fun to get really intense and emotionally detailed and complicated.
11I did theater at Carnegie, and in Pittsburgh and New York.
12For all of my fortune, there are many with misfortune that need a hand.
13I knew that I wanted to be an actor. Then it became about whether acting wanted me.So, I gave it a shot. It hasn't worked out too bad, so far.


1Credits George Segal as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2Surrogate daughter of George Segal.
3Her acting mentor was George Segal.
4Was going to star in a biopic of Frida Kahlo, but it was canceled because of a backlash from fans who insisted that a Mexican be cast. Salma Hayek has since starred in a version.
5As a mother of a child with learning and physical disabilities, Laura is a strong supporter for inclusive educational opportunities for all children.
6Cousin of Torry Castellano. (aka Donna C) of the rock group The Donnas.
7Attended Morris Knolls High School in Denville, New Jersey.
8Her son, Mason, born in 1996, has cerebral palsy and cannot walk unassisted.
9Graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a degree in Fine Arts. Grew up in Denville, New Jersey.
10She's of Italian origin. Surname is pronounced 'San JA-co-mo'. It's a soft 'G' and the 'i' is silent. Stress on the first syllable. In English Saint James.




Saving Grace2007-2010TV SeriesRhetta Rodriguez
In Plain Sight2010TV SeriesMia Cusato
Veronica Mars2006TV SeriesHarmony Chase
Havoc2005Joanna Lang
Related2005TV SeriesAnn Sorelli
Checking Out2005Flo Applebaum
Snapped2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Handler2003TV SeriesKaren
Just Shoot Me!1997-2003TV SeriesMaya Gallo
A House on a Hill2003Gaby
The Electric Piper2003TV MovieMrs. Robinson (voice)
Jenifer2001TV MovieJenifer Estess
Sister Mary Explains It All2001TV MovieAngela DiMarco
The Secret Files of the SpyDogs1998-1999TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Batman Beyond1999TV SeriesMary Michaels / Freon
With Friends Like These...1998Joanne Hersh
Stories from My Childhood1998TV SeriesChickie
Eat Your Heart Out1997Jacqueline Fosburg
Shoot Me Now1997TV Series 1997
Suicide Kings1997Lydia
The Apocalypse1997Goad
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles1996TV SeriesFox
Gargoyles1994-1996TV SeriesFox Janine Renard
The Right to Remain Silent1996TV MovieNicole Savita
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesPeggy Carroll
Stuart Saves His Family1995Julia
The Stand1994TV Mini-SeriesNadine Cross
Nina Takes a Lover1994Nina
For Their Own Good1993TV MovieJo Mandell
Where the Day Takes You1991The Interviewer
Under Suspicion1991Angeline
Once Around1991Jan Bella
Quigley Down Under1990Crazy Cora
Vital Signs1990Lauren Rose
Pretty Woman1990Kit De Luca
Miami Vice1989TV SeriesTania Louis
The Equalizer1989TV SeriesTrudy Collins
Sex, Lies, and Videotape1989Cynthia Patrice Bishop
Miles from Home1988Sandy (uncredited)
Crime Story1988TV SeriesTheresa Farantino
Spenser: For Hire1987TV SeriesSharon
NCIS2016TV SeriesDr. Grace Confalone
Recovery Road2016TV Series
Enough About Jack2015TV MovieDr. Jacobs
The Meddler2015TV Mom
Hysteria2014TV SeriesGrace Pelayo
The Mentalist2013TV SeriesMiriam Gottlieb
Least Among Saints2012Jolene
TalhotBlond2012TV MovieCarol Montgomery
Hot in Cleveland2011TV SeriesCaroline
Few Options2011Bus Ticket Agent
Medium2010TV SeriesSusannah Collings
The Defenders2010TV SeriesJudge Anna Desanti


Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Sundance Skippy2010DocumentaryHerself
Unscripted2005TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares1999-2001TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show1999-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2000TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee
The American Red Cross Holiday Music Spectacular1999TV MovieHerself
NBC Must See TV Preview with the Cast of 'Just Shoot Me'1998TV SpecialHerself
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress & Best Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Politically Incorrect1997TV SeriesHerself
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful1996TV Special documentaryNarrator
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen1996TV Series documentaryQuote Reader
The Stand: The Making of...1994TV Short documentaryHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesCynthia


Won Awards

2005Best ActressPalm Beach International Film FestivalChecking Out (2005)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
1990Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
1989New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Nominated Awards

2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalJust Shoot Me! (1997)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalJust Shoot Me! (1997)
1996CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Right to Remain Silent (1996)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
1990BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

3rd Place Awards

1989NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressSex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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