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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 by Peter Del Monte and the next year won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for A Tale of Love. After some European co-productions (Dernier t Tanger, Occhiali d'oro, Gli, Paura e amore) she began to work in Hollywood (Big Top Pee-wee). She soon gained prominent roles in Rain Man, Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux. Now she works in the US (Clean Slate, An Occasional Hell), Europe (The King's Whore, Immortal Beloved) and in Italy. too, especially with young directors (Come due coccodrilli, The Acrobat, Shooting the Moon). In 1994 she produced and acted in Sfagi tou kokora, I 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.

Began modeling at age 14.
Measurements: 33-21-33 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Engaged to actor Fabrizio Bentivoglio from 1993 to 2001.
Her close friends are: Isabella Ferrari, Sean Penn, Ennio Fantastichini, Asia Argento, Patricia Arquette, Salma Hayek, Mike Figgis, Greta Scacchi, Ferzan Ozpetek and Vincent D'Onofrio.
"David di Donatello" award winner for La guerra di Mario (2005).
"Nastro d'Argento" award winner for Respiro (2002).
"Grolla d'oro" award winner for La guerra di Mario (2005).
She lived in Los Angeles, California from 1988 to 2000.
One of the biggest internationally recognized Italian actresses.
Her father, the Germanist Prof. Golino died in October 2006 in Naples, Italy, where he lived.
Acted with her ex-boyfriend Benicio Del Toro in three film: Big Top Pee-wee (1988), The Indian Runner (1991) and Submission (1995).
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.
Source provided by imdb (Copyright) - The Internet Movie Database.

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