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Also Known As: Laura Martinez Harring, Laura Harring Died:
Born: March 3, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mexico Profession: actor, cashier, sales clerk

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Exuding an old school sexuality a la Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth, actress Laura Elena Harring launched her career by making history as the first Latina to be crowned Miss USA in 1985. A year after her reign, the striking brunette married a German count and swiftly began her acting career playing Raul Julia's wife in the NBC TV-movie "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (1987). After clashing with her husband over her desire to pursue an acting career, Harring obtained a divorce and landed the lead in "The Forbidden Dance" (1990), as well as a one-year stint on the daytime serial, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Her career officially took off, however, after she landed one of the leads in the David Lynch TV pilot, "Mulholland Dr." in 1999. When ABC passed on the project, Lynch received funding from producer Alain Sarde and StudioCanal to expand the material into a feature film, which was released to glowing reviews in 2001. From there, Harring was able to secure bigger and better projects, ever increasing her profile as an up-and-coming actress with an exquisite look and unique, sexy style.

Exuding an old school sexuality a la Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth, actress Laura Elena Harring launched her career by making history as the first Latina to be crowned Miss USA in 1985. A year after her reign, the striking brunette married a German count and swiftly began her acting career playing Raul Julia's wife in the NBC TV-movie "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (1987). After clashing with her husband over her desire to pursue an acting career, Harring obtained a divorce and landed the lead in "The Forbidden Dance" (1990), as well as a one-year stint on the daytime serial, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Her career officially took off, however, after she landed one of the leads in the David Lynch TV pilot, "Mulholland Dr." in 1999. When ABC passed on the project, Lynch received funding from producer Alain Sarde and StudioCanal to expand the material into a feature film, which was released to glowing reviews in 2001. From there, Harring was able to secure bigger and better projects, ever increasing her profile as an up-and-coming actress with an exquisite look and unique, sexy style.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sex Ed (2014)
2.
 Ice Scream (2013)
3.
 Taco Shop (2012)
4.
 As Good As Dead (2010)
5.
 Drool (2009)
6.
 Ghost Son (2008)
7.
 Caller, The (2008)
8.
 Nancy Drew (2007)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Born and raised in Mexico
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At age 11, moved with family from Mexico to Texas
1976:
Was the victim of a drive-by shooting at age 12 while living in San Antonio, Texas; suffered wound to the head
1982:
Stranded in the Philippines for eight months when the owner of the restaurant at which she was working as a cashier confiscated her passport because he was infatuated with her
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Returned to USA and lived in El Paso, Texas; entered local beauty pageant in 1984
1985:
Won the title of Miss USA, becoming first (and to date only) Latina to hold that honor
1987:
TV-movie debut in "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (NBC)
1989:
Feature film debut in "Silent Night Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!"
1990:
Had lead role as a Brazilian woman who introduces the Lambada to the USA in "The Forbidden Dance"
1990:
Appeared as Carla Greco on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital"
1994:
Had featured role in "Exit to Eden"
1996:
Appeared in the film "Black Scorpion II: Aftershock"; aired on Showtime
1997:
Portrayed policewoman Paula Stevens on the NBC daytime drama "Sunset Beach"
2000:
Cast as Marisleysis Gonzalez in the Fox docudrama "The Elian Gonzalez Story"
2000:
Appeared in "Little Nicky"
2001:
Made guest appearance on the Sci-Fi series "Black Scorpion"
2001:
Starred as a mysterious amnesiac in David Lynch's halucinatory "Mulholland Dr." (originally shot as a 1999 pilot for a potential ABC series; when the network passed, Lynch received funding to turn material into a feature film)
2002:
Appeared in the feature "John Q"
2003:
Cast as Cathryn in the thriller "Willard"
2004:
Played John Travolta's wife in "The Punisher"
2006:
Co-starred with Gael García Bernal in "The King," a low-budget American film by the British documentary-maker James Marsh
2007:
Cast in the big-screen adaptation of "Nancy Drew"
2007:
Had a supporting role in Gabriel Garcia Márquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"
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Education

Aiglon College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

On working with David Lynch, Laura Harring told the New York Post (October 4, 2001): "He directed me in metaphors and similes, which was a new experience for me. Just hearing him talk, you jump into a new era. He uses phrases like, 'I'll be ding-danged' or 'Holy jumping George'."

"I've had to learn the hard way. You can't always get the ideal film, so you get what will offer employment." --Harring on her career choices to the London Times, December 9, 2001.

"I think that beauty pageants, if it's your choice, can be a wonderful experience. If you're shy it gets you out of your shell, it gives you confidence if you're insecure, but it's not going to help you in acting, that I found out." --Laura Harring quoted in Ritmo Beat, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Carl Edward von Bismarck. German count; Harring had been roommates with his sister Claudia; became engaged in 1986; married in 1987; divorced c. 1990.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Raymond Herring. Farmer. Of German descent; divorced from Harring's mother in 1971.
mother:
Maria Martinez. Psychotherapist, former secretary. Mexican; divorced from Harring's father in 1971; remarried; moved Harring and her sisters to USA.
step-father:
Gaston Lima. Lawyer and doctor. Cuban; married Harring's mother; moved family to Texas; paid for Harring's schooling at private schools in Texas and Switzerland.
sister:
Rita Herring. Born c. 1967.
step-sister:
Ana Maria Lima. Murdered at age 24 in 1985.
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