Valeria Golino


Actor

About

Birth Place
Naples, IT
Born
October 22, 1965

Biography

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 1...

Family & Companions

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

Notes

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

A Butterfly Kiss (2011)
La kryptonite nella borsa (2011)
School Is Over (2010)
Diamond 13 (2010)
L' uomo nero (2009)
The Dust of Time (2009)
Giulia non esce la sera (2009)
Quiet Chaos (2008)
Cash (2008)
The Girl by the Lake (2007)
Actrices (2007)
A Casa Nostra (2006)
La Guerra Di Mario (2006)
Texas (2006)
36 Quai Des Orfevres (2005)
Ole! (2005)
San Antonio (2004)
Frida (2002)
Lupe MarĂ­n
Respiro (2002)
Grazia
Hotel (2001)
To Tama (2001)
Spanish Judges (2001)
Jamie
Controvento (2000)
Nina
Ivans XTC. (2000)
Constanza Vero
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)
Lilly (Good Night Lilly, Good Night Christine")
Harem Suare (1999)
Anita
Shooting the Moon (1998)
Side Streets (1997)
Le Acrobate (1997)
Maria
An Occasional Hell (1996)
Slaughter of the Cock (1996)
Escoriandoli (1996)
John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996)
Taslima
Four Rooms (1995)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Immortal Beloved (1994)
Clean Slate (1994)
Like Two Crocodiles (1994)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Puerto Escondido (1992)
Anita
The Indian Runner (1991)
Year Of The Gun (1991)
The King's Whore (1991)
Jeanne De Luynes
Hot Shots! (1991)
There Were Days and Moons (1990)
Torrents Of Spring (1990)
Traces of a Love Life (1990)
Fear and Love (1988)
Big Top Pee-Wee (1988)
Rain Man (1988)
The Gold Rimmed Glasses (1987)
Nora Treves
Last Summer in Tangiers (1987)
Carla; Claudia
Dumb Dicks (1986)
Caterina
Love Story (1986)
My Dearest Son (1985)
Little Flames (1985)
Mara
Blind Date (1984)
Bikini Girl
A Joke of Destiny Lying in Wait Around the Corner Like a Robber (1983)

Cast (Special)

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
Hearts of Hot Shots! Part Deux - A Filmmaker's Apology (1993)
The 1993 MTV Movie Awards (1993)
Presenter
The 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992)
Presenter
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Caesar (Part 1/Part 2) (2003)

Life Events

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

Co-starred in "The Indian Runner", directed by Sean Penn

1991

Displayed comedic abilities in "Hot Shots!"

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"

Family

Enzo Golino
Uncle
Survived him.
Enzo Golino
Uncle
Journalist.

Companions

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

Bibliography

Notes

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