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Laura San Giacomo

Laura San Giacomo

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Stage-trained Laura San Giacomo made an auspicious debut as the brassy, hedonistic Cynthia in Steven Soderbergh's low-budget 1989 hit, "sex, lies and videotape." Her career has flourished since, but with the exception of her supporting role as Julia Roberts' wisecracking hooker friend in "Pretty Woman" (1990), her films have not showcased the brown-eyed siren's sass so evident in her first performance. San Giacomo starred with Tom Selleck in the Australian Western "Quigley Down Under" (1990), registered weakly as a femme fatale opposite Liam Neeson in "Under Suspicion" (1992) and played a repressed woman embarking on an affair in the underappreciated small film, "Nina Takes a Lover" (1994). She also appeared in the superb ensemble of "Once Around" (1991) and had her moments in the Al Franken vehicle "Stuart Saves His Family" (1995).

Laura San Giacomo Biography: Just Shoot Me, Topless, Hot

American actress Laura San Giacomo was born on 14 November 1962, and she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role as Cynthia in the film “S_x, Lies, and Videotape” (1989) and was on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” (1997–2003).

Laura San Giacomo: Movies, Tv, and Bio

Laura San Giacomo was born November 14, 1962 in West Orange, New Jersey, to MaryJo and John San Giacomo. She was raised in the nearby city of Denville. She went to Morris Knolls High School in Denville, where she got the acting bug and had the lead in several school plays. Laura got a Fine Arts degree, specializing in acting, at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama (Pittsburgh). After graduation, she moved to New York. During the late 1980s (1987-89) before starting her film career, she appeared on Spenser: For Hire (1985), Crime Story (1986), The Equalizer (1985), All My Children (1970) and Miami Vice (1984). Her breakout film was her first credited role in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). The movie won the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize, the Palme d'Or. Laura received a Los Angeles Film Critics Association's New Generation Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role. Next, she was Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman (1990) (1990) opposite Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film won the People's Choice Awards for Best Comedy and Best Film. On stage, Laura has appeared in many theater productions. She was on the Los Angeles stage in the Garry Marshall-Lowell Ganz production of "Wrong Turn at Lungfish", in "North Shore Fish" (WPA Theatre), in "Three Sisters" (Princeton/McCarter Theatre, New Jersey, 1992) and in "Beirut" (Off-Broadway, Westside Arts Theatre, New York City, 1987). She also starred in "Italian American Reconciliation" (Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1988) and "The Love Talker" (Off-Broadway in 1988). In regional theater, Laura was in Shakespeare's "The Tempest", "As You Like It" and "Romeo and Juliet". She also starred in "Crimes of the Heart". During the early 1990s, she was busy making movies (Vital Signs (1990), Quigley Down Under (1990), Once Around (1991) (where she played Holly Hunter's sister), Under Suspicion (1991), Where the Day Takes You (1992) and Nina Takes a Lover (1994)). In 1994, she also appeared in Stephen King's television miniseries, The Stand (1994). During the mid 1990s, she also provided her voice to an animated series Gargoyles (1994). Offscreen, Laura got married to Cameron Dye in 1990 (and divorced in 1998). They had a son, Mason, in 1996. Having a child influenced Laura to make the transition to television. She started in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997), which also starred George Segal (as her father, Jack), Wendie Malick, Enrico Colantoni and David Spade. Television gave her a more regular work schedule and less traveling. The series lasted for seven seasons and 148 episodes. She appeared in all of them together with the other four regular cast members. After Just Shoot Me! (1997) was canceled in 2003, Laura appeared infrequently on television and in feature films. She was the narrator for Snapped (2004), a true crime series. In 2005, she appeared in two feature films (Checking Out (2005) and Havoc (2005)). In 2006, she was reunited with her Just Shoot Me! (1997) co-star Enrico Colantoni in Veronica Mars (2004), where she played Harmony Chase for three episodes. In September 2006, she secured a starring role in Saving Grace (2007) as Grace's (Holly Hunter's) best friend, Rhetta Rodriguez. Laura continued to play the role through all three seasons.

Whatever Happened to Laura San Giacomo?

It might be interesting to take a poll and see just who remembers Laura San Giacomo these days and who might look at you funny for asking about her. As someone that came up through theater acting and became pretty popular at one point, it’s kind of hard to think that she’s been relegated to being noticed every now and then, but hey, that’s what happens to some folks when they get older. But over the course of her career, she’s taken on a few roles that people can easily remember and recognize, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch her since in some roles she’s been a little over the top, while in others she’s been great. In a way, Laura is one of those actors that was great for a decade and then cooled down for a while only to keep moving forward and gradually gain the experience and wisdom that was needed to keep her relevant and make her even more interesting at some point. Seriously, this appears to be how her career has gone, kind of up and down in a very measured way that isn’t so increasingly negative that people wonder how she fell so hard, but it also hasn’t been seen that she’s ever been one of the most prominent A-listers in Hollywood either, even though she is an award-winning actress that’s been around for a while.

 

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