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Born: October 22, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor, model

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An alluring brunette actress of Italian and Greek heritage, Valeria Golino made her film debut at age 16 in Lina Wertmuller's "A Joke of Destiny Lying in Wait Around the Corner Like a Robber" (1983). Raised in Greece and Italy, she worked regularly in Italian features including "Little Flames" (1985) and "Love Story" (1986). She made an impact in the USA co-starring in two high-profile 1988 films opposite two very different leading men. "Big Top Pee-Wee" cast her as a trapeze artist who falls for Pee-Wee Herman, with whom she shares what is reputedly the screen's longest kiss. As Tom Cruise's sympathetic girlfriend in "Rain Man", the actress gave autistic Dustin Hoffman his first kiss. Usually cast as "the sultry woman", Golino proved adept at comedy in the Jim Abrahams adventure spoof "Hot Shots!" (1991) for which she performed a torch song. She also starred in the inevitable sequel, "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993). In between, Golino played David Morse's Mexican-born wife in Sean Penn's directorial debut, "The Indian Runner" (1991). More recently, she was one of the women in the life of composer Ludwig Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved" (1994). had small roles in "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Four Rooms"...

An alluring brunette actress of Italian and Greek heritage, Valeria Golino made her film debut at age 16 in Lina Wertmuller's "A Joke of Destiny Lying in Wait Around the Corner Like a Robber" (1983). Raised in Greece and Italy, she worked regularly in Italian features including "Little Flames" (1985) and "Love Story" (1986). She made an impact in the USA co-starring in two high-profile 1988 films opposite two very different leading men. "Big Top Pee-Wee" cast her as a trapeze artist who falls for Pee-Wee Herman, with whom she shares what is reputedly the screen's longest kiss. As Tom Cruise's sympathetic girlfriend in "Rain Man", the actress gave autistic Dustin Hoffman his first kiss.

Usually cast as "the sultry woman", Golino proved adept at comedy in the Jim Abrahams adventure spoof "Hot Shots!" (1991) for which she performed a torch song. She also starred in the inevitable sequel, "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993). In between, Golino played David Morse's Mexican-born wife in Sean Penn's directorial debut, "The Indian Runner" (1991). More recently, she was one of the women in the life of composer Ludwig Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved" (1994). had small roles in "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Four Rooms" (both 1995) and was one of the denizens of post-apocalyptic Southern California in "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A." (1996).

Golino then primarily plied her trade in Italian cinema, resurfacing occasionally in American films such as the episodic drama "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (2000) in which played the terminally ill Lilly in the sequence "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine." Her next major role was in producer-star Salma Hayek's long-gestating biopic "Frida," based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

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 Diamond 13 (2010)
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 School Is Over (2010)
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 uomo nero, L' (2009)
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 Quiet Chaos (2008)
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 Cash (2008)
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Raised in Athens, Greece and in Rome and Naples, Italy
1981:
Began modeling at age 14
1983:
At age 16 met director Lina Wertmuller at her uncle's house in Rome; director cast her in "Scherzo del Destino in Agguato Dietro L'Angolo Come un Briganti di Strada/A Joke of Destiny Lying in Wait Around the Corner Like a Robber"
1984:
First US film, "Blind Date"
1988:
Had featured role in "Big Top Pee-Wee"
1988:
Played Tom Cruise's love interest in "Rain Man"
1991:
Displayed comedic abilities in "Hot Shots!"
1991:
Co-starred in "The Indian Runner", directed by Sean Penn
1993:
Reprised her role in "Hot Shots! Part Deux"
1994:
Appeared in "Immortal Beloved"
1995:
Played one of the witches in the Allison Anders-directed segment ("Strange Brew") of the omnibus "Four Rooms"
1996:
Had featured role in "John Carpenter's Escape From L.A."
2000:
co-starred in "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her"
2002:
played Lupe Marin in Salma Hayek's Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida"
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Co-starred in the TNT miniseries "Julius Caesar" (lensed 2002)
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Notes

"I liked modeling. Only the part to feed my vanity. When you're young, you need reassurance" --Valeria Golino in Us, June 1994.

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companion:
Benicio Del Toro. Has two.
companion:
Benicio Del Toro. Actor. Appeared together in "The Indian Runner" (1991).

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uncle:
Enzo Golino. Survived him.
uncle:
Enzo Golino. Journalist.

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