Laura Elena Harring
Exuding an old school sexuality a la Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth, actress Laura Elena Harring launched her career by making history as the first Latina to be crowned Miss USA in 1985. A year after her reign, the striking brunette married a German count and swiftly began her acting career playing Raul Julia's wife in the NBC TV-movie "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (1987). After clashing with her husband over her desire to pursue an acting career, Harring obtained a divorce and landed the lead in "The Forbidden Dance" (1990), as well as a one-year stint on the daytime serial, "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). Her career officially took off, however, after she landed one of the leads in the David Lynch TV pilot, "Mulholland Dr." in 1999. When ABC passed on the project, Lynch received funding from producer Alain Sarde and StudioCanal to expand the material into a feature film, which was released to glowing reviews in 2001. From there, Harring was able to secure bigger and better projects, ever increasing her profile as an up-and-coming actress with an exquisite look and unique, sexy style.