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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 November 1962Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameLaura A. San Giacomo
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1991) 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com and Tomi

Spouse (2)

Matt Adler (2000 - present)
Cameron Dye (1990 - 1998) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

She's of Italian origin. Surname is pronounced 'San JA-co-mo'. It's a soft 'G' and the 'i' is silent. Stress on the first syllable. In English Saint James.
Graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a degree in Fine Arts. Grew up in Denville, New Jersey.
Her son, Mason, born in 1996, has cerebral palsy and cannot walk unassisted.
Attended Morris Knolls High School in Denville, New Jersey.
Cousin of Torry Castellano. (aka Donna C) of the rock group The Donnas.
As a mother of a child with learning and physical disabilities, Laura is a strong supporter for inclusive educational opportunities for all children.
Was going to star in a biopic of Frida Kahlo, but it was canceled because of a backlash from fans who insisted that a Mexican be cast. Salma Hayek has since starred in a version.

Personal Quotes (13)

I knew that I wanted to be an actor. Then it became about whether acting wanted me.So, I gave it a shot. It hasn't worked out too bad, so far.
For all of my fortune, there are many with misfortune that need a hand.
I did theater at Carnegie, and in Pittsburgh and New York.
It's fun to get really intense and emotionally detailed and complicated.
I am willing to lend that hand, I will continue to stay involved with my charities as long as they need me.
I'm a bit of a layman physics junkie. I don't really understand it, but I love trying to understand it.
I have a son, Mason, who is disabled - cerebral palsy - and he does not walk independently, sit independently or speak. He uses a talking computer. I started becoming an advocate for him when he was 3 years old.
There are amazing schools and amazing educators that are doing a wonderful job. And then there are a lot of educators that are not prepared to deal with inclusive education. They haven't been trained. It's really quite lovely and easy when you understand how to do it.
Certainly situation comedy is harder than people who are good at it make it look, but it's fun to do something different.
I believe in giving back.
We've all had those moments where we take a person for granted.
I went to college in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University... studied acting there. Then I went to New York for about five years. I moved out here about 10 years ago.
The world is changing and the physical barriers are down now. It's time for the emotional barriers to go down. And what better place to start than school?

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