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Laura Harring Biography

Birth Name:
Laura Elena Martínez Herring
Birth Place:
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico

Fast Facts

  • Is of Mexican and German descent
  • Became the first Latina to win the Miss USA competition in 1985
  • Was struck in the head by a bullet at age 12 during a drive-by shooting while on the way to see a movie with her family
  • Traveled extensively at a young age and performed social work in India at age 18
  • Retains the title of countess despite her divorce from Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen


  • Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen -- Ex-husband
  • Raymond Harring -- Father
  • Maria Martínez -- Mother
  • Rita Harring -- Sister
  • Gaston Lima -- Stepfather
  • Ana Maria Lima -- Stepsister