The second child of an Italian germanist and a Greek painter, Valeria Golino grew up in Naples until her parents parted. After three years in Athens with her mother and another three in Naples with her father, she began to work as a model. She left high school after her first movie and didn't study performing arts at all. In 1985 she got the leading role in Piccoli fuochi (1985) by Peter Del Monte and the next year won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for A Tale of Love (1986). After some European co-productions (Last Summer in Tangiers (1987), Gli occhiali d'oro (1987), Paura e amore (1988)) she began to work in Hollywood (Big Top Pee-wee (1988)). She soon gained prominent roles in Rain Man (1988), Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Now she works in the US (Clean Slate (1994), An Occasional Hell (1996)), Europe (The King's Whore (1990), Immortal Beloved (1994)) and in Italy. too, especially with young directors (Come due coccodrilli (1994), Le acrobate (1997), Shooting the Moon (1998)). In 1994 she produced and acted in I sfagi tou kokora (1996) by Greek director Andreas Pantzis. Her voice is more appreciated in Hollywood (where she took speech therapy) than in Italy (where she is sometimes dubbed); in "The Slaughter of the Cock" she acts as a deaf and dumb woman. She speaks four languages: Italian, Greek, French and English. Her brother is a musician and their uncle Enzo Golino is a famous journalist.IMDb Mini Biography By: Giuseppe Caruso <email@example.com>
Began modeling at age 14.
She speaks English, French, Greek and Italian.
She was in a relationship with actor Fabrizio Bentivoglio from 1993 to 2001.
She was in a relationship with Benicio Del Toro from 1988 to 1992.
"Grolla d'oro" award winner for Mario's War (2005).
She has been in a relationship with actor Riccardo Scamarcio since April 2006.
She lived in Los Angeles, California from 1988 to 2000.
"Innovator Award" winner at "Italian Cinema Style" (October 2006).
One of the biggest internationally recognized Italian actresses.
When casting for the leading role in Pretty Woman (1990), it came down to Valeria and Julia Roberts (the latter was eventually cast). Before the audition, Roberts whispered to her: 'Go and get them, big mama!'. The same thing happened shortly thereafter when Golino narrowly missed out on the leading role in Flatliners (1990): once again, she was first runner-up to Roberts.
Her father, the Germanist Prof. Golino died in October 2006 in Naples, Italy, where he lived.
"Premio d'inverno" winner for her dramatic character in Mario's War (2005) at "Festival delle cerase" (January 2007).
She lived in the same apartment in Los Angeles with actress and friend Greta Scacchi (1988).
Member of the film jury at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
She was offered the role of Daniela in Life Sentence (2008) but she turned it down because she felt she was too old to play the part.
She was in a relationship with director Peter Del Monte from 1985 to 1987.
Acting came to me instead of me going to acting. I always loved movies -- I was a cinephile, but I never thought about being an actor until Lina Wertmüller put me in my first movie.
(August 2004) She is in Naples, where she's shooting her new film "Shad-sky" directed by Antonio Capuano.
(February 2005) In Rome and Lombardia, Italy to shoot her new movie "Texas"
(July 2006) She's in Caserta, Campania, Italy to shoot the new film "Lascia perdere, Johnny" by Fabrizio Bentivoglio
(May 2007) In France to shoot "Cash" (2008) with Jean Reno
(July 2008) In Rome, Italy, to shoot "Il Premio" by Giuseppe Piccioni.
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