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Laura San Giacomo Biography

Birth Place:
West Orange, New Jersey, United States

Fast Facts

  • Began her career on the stage in 1988 with appearances in two off-Broadway productions: The Love Talker and Italian American Reconciliation
  • Made her feature-film debut in Steven Soderbergh's 1989 low-budget hit Sex, Lies and Videotape
  • Guest appearances on popular programs, such as Crime Story, Miami Vice and Equalizer, paved the way for steadier TV work in 1997, playing Maya Gallo on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me
  • Planned to star in a biopic on the life and works of Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo, but protests over the actress's non-Mexican heritage derailed the project
  • Has appeared at the Environmental Media Awards, the Voices for Change Gala Benefit and Concert (benefitting Children with Disabilities) and the Friends Finding a Cure Gala Benefitting Project ALS


  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1990BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1990Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 1988Los Angeles Film Critics Association-New Generation Award: winner