Valeria Golino (born 22 October 1966) is an Italian-Greek film and television actress. She is best known to English language audiences for the 1988 film Rain Man, and the Hot Shots! films. She has won the David di Donatello, Silver Ribbon, and Coppa Volpi awards.
Golino was born in Naples, Italy to an Italian father who was a Germanist and scholar and a Greek mother who was a painter; one of her grandmothers was Egyptian-French. She grew up in an "artistic household" and was raised between Athens and Naples. Golino is the niece of L'Espresso journalist Enzo Golino; her brother is a musician. She started work as a model in Athens and then dropped out of high school after her first film, after having been discovered by the film's director, Lina Wertmuller.
Golino obtained her first starring role in 1985's Little Fires and won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for Storia d'amore in 1986. She began to work in Hollywood in 1988 with the movie Big Top Pee-wee and received roles in prominent films such as Rain Man, as the girlfriend of Tom Cruise, and the comedy films Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux.
More recently, she had a supporting role in the successful French thriller 36, Quai des Orfèvres.
She appeared in the music video for R.E.M.'s "Bittersweet Me" (1996).
Scherzo del destino in agguato dietro l'angolo come un brigante da strada (1983)
Sotto... sotto (1984) - cameo
Blind Date (1984) - Girl in Bikini
Figlio mio infinitamente caro (1985) - Francesca
Piccoli fuochi (1985) - Mara
Storia d'amore (1986) - Bruna Assecondati
Detective School Dropouts (1986) - Caterina
Dernier été à Tanger (1987) - Claudia Marchetti
Gli occhiali d'oro (1987) - Nora Treves
Paura e amore (1988) - Sandra Parini
Big Top Pee-wee (1988) - Gina Piccolapupula
Rain Man (1988) - Susanna
Torrents of Spring (1989) - Gemma Rosselli
Traces of an Amorous Life (1990)
The King's Whore (1990) - Jeanne de Luynes
Hot Shots! (1991) - Ramada Thompson
The Indian Runner (1991) - Maria
Year of the Gun (1991) - Lia
Puerto Escondido (1992) - Anita
Fallen Angels (TV series) - segment Red Wind (1993) - Eugenie Kolchenko
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) - Ramada Rodham Hayman
Clean Slate (1994) - Sarah Novak/Beth Holly
Come due coccodrilli (1994) - Marta
Immortal Beloved (1994) - Giulietta Guicciardi
Submission (1995 short)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) - Terri
Four Rooms (1995) - Athena (segment \"The Missing Ingredient\")
Il fratello minore (1996 short)
Danza della fata confetto (1996 short) - Secretary
Escoriandoli (1996) - Ida
Escape from L.A. (1996) - Taslima
I Sfagi tou kokora (1996)
An Occasional Hell (1996) - Elizabeth Laughton
Le Acrobate (1997) - Maria
Alexandria Hotel (1998) - Justine
L'Albero delle Pere (1998) - Silvia
Side Streets (1998) - Sylvie Otti
Spanish Judges (1999) - Jamie
La vita che verrà (1999 TV mini-series) - Nunzia
Harem Suare (1999) - Anita
Tipota (1999 short) - Actress
To Tama (2000)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000) - Lilly (segment \"Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine\")
Ivansxtc (2000) - Constanza Vero
Controvento (2000) - Nina
Hotel (2001) - Italian Actress
L'Inverno (2002) - Anna
Respiro (2002) - Grazia
Frida (2002) - Lupe Marín
Julius Caesar (2002 TV movie) - Calpurnia
Take Me Away (2003) - Luciana
San-Antonio (2004) - The Italian woman
Alive (2004) - Elisa
36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004) - Camille Vrinks
Mario's War (2005) - Giulia
Texas (2005) - Maria
Olé! (2005) - Carmen Holgado
Il Sole nero (2006) - Agata
Ma place au soleil (2006)
La ragazza del lago (2006) - Chiara
A Casa Nostra (2006) - Rita
Lascia perdere Johnny (2007)
Caos calmo (2008)
La Fabbrica dei Tedeschi (2008)
Giulia non esce la sera (2009)
Les Beaux gosses (2009)
L'uomo nero (2009)
L'amore buio (2010)
Come un soffio (2010 short)
Armandino e il Madre (2010 short)
Un Baiser Papillon (2011)
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^ Marin, Rick (6 June 1993). "UP AND COMING: Valeria Golino; She Made Her Name Popping an Olive". The New York Times.
^ "Valeria Golino Biography (1966-)". Filmreference.com. 1966-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
^ Walter Chaw (2003-05-25). ""Viva Valeria!": Film Freak Central Interviews Actress Valeria Golino". Filmfreakcentral.net. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
^ Meyers, Kate (1991-09-20). "Valeria Golino | The Indian Runner | Close-up | Movies | Entertainment Weekly". Ew.com. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
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