Who is Valeria Golino? Wiki Bio
Valeria Golino was born in Naples in Italy on 22 October 1965, so her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds Italian nationality. She is an actress, best known for her roles in movies such as “Rain Man” and “Hot Shots!”
Early life, parents, and education
Valeria was raised in Naples by her father who studied humanities in Germany, and who died in 2006, and her mother Lalla who is originally from Greece, and who worked as a painter before retiring. Valeria also spent a lot of her time in Athens, Greece after her parents divorced when she was seven, and her mother went back to live there.
She has an older brother who became a musician, while her interest in acting was born when she was eight, after her mother started taking her to cinemas to watch the newest movies, however, she wanted to become a doctor after she found out at the age of 11 that she had scoliosis. Valeria studied at a local high school in Naples, where she practiced singing and acting, and actually dropped out before matriculation to pursue her acting career.
Career as an actress
Valeria launched her modelling career when she was 14, posing for famous brands and magazines all around Europe including in Athens where her first photoshoot was held, in Milan in Italy, London in England, and Los Angeles in the US.
She made her debut movie appearance in the comedy “A Joke of Destiny” in 1983, which was followed by roles in the movies “Blind Date” in 1984, and “My Dearest Son” and “Little Flames” in 1985. She gained recognition after starring as Bruna Assecondati in the film “A Tale of Love” in 1986, which also stars Francesco Maselli and Fiore De Rienzo and follows the story of a girl who, while living with her boyfriend, falls in love with another man. She went on to appear in movies “Detective School Dropouts” and “Dernier ete a Tanger” in 1986 and 1987, and in 1988 made her Hollywood debut appearance in the comedy movie “Big Top Pee-Wee”.
She became famous after portraying Susanna in the comedy drama movie “Rain Man” in 1988; starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, it follows a selfish man who realizes that his father left all his fortune to his brother. The following years saw her appear in movies such as “Torrents of Spring” and “The King’s Whore”, while her next notable role came in the comedy film “Hot Shots!” which stars Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes. She also starred in the movie’s sequel in 1993 called “Hot Shots! Part Deux”, while she made her debut TV series appearance in “Fallen Angels” in 1995. Some of her final roles in the ‘90s were in the film “Spanish Judges”, and TV series “Alexandria Hotel” and “La Vita Che Verra”.
In 2000, she starred in the romantic drama film “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her”, and was then invited to play supporting roles in movies “Hotel” in 2001 and “Winter” in 2002. The year 2005 saw her portray Giulia in the drama movie “Mario’s War” (“La Guerra di Mario” in Italian) which also starred Marco Grieco, and Andrea Renzi, and follows a young boy who after being abused by his mother, ends up living with a foster family. Valeria could then have been seen in movies such as “Don’t Waste Your Time, Johnny!” in 2007, “The Girl by the Lake”, and “Caos Calmo” in 2008, while her next notable role was in “The Cezanne Affair” in 2009.
In 2011, Valeria was invited to portray Rosaria in the Italian comedy movie “Kryptone!”, which was followed by her roles in the film “Nuts” and the TV series “In Treatment”. In the following years, she appeared in over 10 movies and TV series, some of which are “Like the Wind” in 2013, “Jacky in Women’s Kingdom” in 2014, and “The Very Private Life of Mister Sim” in 2015, while some of her latest roles have been in the French-Greek movie “Adults in the Room”, the French historical drama “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”, and the Italian thriller movie “5 is the Perfect Number” (“5 e il numero perfetto”) all released in 2019.
Awards and accolades
Valeria has won numerous awards, with her first being a Nice Italian Film Festival Award for the Best Newcomer for her performance in “My Dearest Son”, followed by her receiving two Golden Globe Awards for Best Breakthrough Actress for her performances in “Little Flames” and “My Dearest Son” in 1986. She was a awarded a Golden Ciak for the Best Actress and a Silver Ribbon for the Best Actress in 1987, for her performance in “A Tale of Love”.
In 1996, she won a Greek Competition Award for the Best Actress for her performance in “I sfagi tou kokora” while the following year saw her receive a Golden Goblet Award and a Golden Sacher Award for the Best Actress for her performance in “Le Acrobate”.
Valerie won several awards in 2002, including a Bronze Gryphon and Silver Ribbon for “Respiro”, and a Stuppor Mundi Award. Some of the latest awards she has received are a Silver Ribbon for the Best actress in “Come il Vento” in 2014, an Excellence Award in 2014, and a Volpi Cup and Pasinetti Award for the Best Actress for her performance in “For Your Love” in 2015.
Love life and relationships
Valeria has been in many relationships, but has never married and has no children. She dated Peter Del Monte, a famous Italian movie director and screenwriter from 1985 to 1987 when they split – a rumor has it that they were also engaged.
In 1988, she started dating Benicio del Toro, a Puerto Rican film producer and actor, and the two were together for four years before splitting in 1992 due to what appears to be infidelity on both sides.
She met Fabrizio Bentivoglio in July 1993 and the two were together until 2001. Fabrizio is an actor and a screenwriter, and helped Valeria win many roles. In 2002 she began seeing Andrea Di Stefano who is an actor and a movie director, and they were together for three years before splitting in 2005, and a year later she started dating another actor and film producer named Riccardo Scamarcio, and they were together for 10 years before breaking up in 2016.
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Hobbies and other interests
Valeria likes learning new languages, and is fluent in English, Greek, Italian and French, while she can also speak several others including Serbian and German. She is a highly sociable person, and has numerous friends with some of her closest being Isabella Ferrari, Asia Argento, and Salma Hayek. Valeria has been physically active she was a teenager, as she went running several times per week, and was mostly using roller skates and a bicycle to move around. Her favorite season is summer as she likes feeling the sun on her skin, and she also enjoys laying at the beach and tanning her body.
Some of her favorite actors and actresses are Julia Roberts against whom she competed for the leading roles in many movies including in “Pretty Woman”, Jennifer Aniston and Tom Hanks, while some of the movies she enjoys watching the most are “Lost in Translation”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and “You’ve Got Mail”.
She is a philanthropist who has donated large amounts of money to charity organizations, while she has also volunteered and organized fundraisers for several foundations.
Appearance and net worth
Valeria is 54 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of March 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $10 million.