Laura Elena Harring

Actor, Cashier, Sales clerk
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1964 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (51)

Chasing Life 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manson Girls 2015 (Movie)

Alice Rainer (Actor)

Ice Scream 2014 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Kluge 2014 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Sex Ed 2014 (Movie)

Lupe (Actor)

Taco Shop 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

As Good As Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drool 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gossip Girl 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Caller 2009 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Ghost Son 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

Sara Noriega (Actor)

My Neighbor's Keeper 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Nancy Drew 2007 (Movie)

Dehlia Draycott (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

(Voice)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

The King 2006 (Movie)

Twyla Sandow (Actor)

The Shield 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Punisher 2004 (Movie)

Livia Saint (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Loco Love 2003 (Movie)

Catalina (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Poet 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Willard 2003 (Movie)

Cathryn (Actor)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Gina Palumbo (Actor)

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Camilla Rhodes (Actor)

The Elian Gonzalez Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Derailed 2000 (Movie)

Galina Konstantin (Actor)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Dunleavy (Actor)

Sunset Beach 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baywatch Nights 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blossom 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

M C Kindra (Actor)

The 1994 Miss USA Pageant 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Women in Lingerie 1990 (Movie)

Marcia (Actor)

The 1990 Miss USA Pageant 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Forbidden Dance 1990 (Movie)

Nisa (Actor)

The 1989 Miss USA Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1986 Miss USA Pageant 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Rio Diablo (TV Show)

Actor

Walkout (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Carl Edward von Bismarck

Husband
German count Harring had been roommates with his sister Claudia became engaged in 1986 married in 1987 divorced c. 1990

Raymond Herring

Father
Of German descent divorced from Harring's mother in 1971

Rita Herring

Sister
Born c. 1967

Gaston Lima

Step-Father
Cuban married Harring's mother moved family to Texas paid for Harring's schooling at private schools in Texas and Switzerland

Ana Lima

Step-Sister
Murdered at age 24 in 1985

Maria Martinez

Mother
Mexican divorced from Harring's father in 1971 remarried moved Harring and her sisters to USA

EDUCATION

Aiglon College

Spent part of one year abroad working in India digging ditches and planting vegetables

Attended a boarding school in Texas

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

2007

Had a supporting role in Gabriel Garcia Márquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"

2007

Cast in the big-screen adaptation of "Nancy Drew"

2006

Co-starred with Gael García Bernal in "The King," a low-budget American film by the British documentary-maker James Marsh

2004

Played John Travolta's wife in "The Punisher"

2003

Cast as Cathryn in the thriller "Willard"

2002

Appeared in the feature "John Q"

2001

Made guest appearance on the Sci-Fi series "Black Scorpion"

2001

Starred as a mysterious amnesiac in David Lynch's halucinatory "Mulholland Dr." (originally shot as a 1999 pilot for a potential ABC series; when the network passed, Lynch received funding to turn material into a feature film)

2000

Appeared in "Little Nicky"

2000

Cast as Marisleysis Gonzalez in the Fox docudrama "The Elian Gonzalez Story"

1997

Portrayed policewoman Paula Stevens on the NBC daytime drama "Sunset Beach"

1996

Appeared in the film "Black Scorpion II: Aftershock"; aired on Showtime

1994

Had featured role in "Exit to Eden"

1990

Appeared as Carla Greco on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital"

1990

Had lead role as a Brazilian woman who introduces the Lambada to the USA in "The Forbidden Dance"

1989

Feature film debut in "Silent Night Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!"

1987

TV-movie debut in "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (NBC)

1985

Won the title of Miss USA, becoming first (and to date only) Latina to hold that honor

1982

Stranded in the Philippines for eight months when the owner of the restaurant at which she was working as a cashier confiscated her passport because he was infatuated with her

1976

Was the victim of a drive-by shooting at age 12 while living in San Antonio, Texas; suffered wound to the head

Born and raised in Mexico

Returned to USA and lived in El Paso, Texas; entered local beauty pageant in 1984

At age 11, moved with family from Mexico to Texas

Bonus Trivia

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"He directed me in metaphors and similes, which was a new experience for me. Just hearing him talk, you jump into a new era. He uses phrases like, 'I'll be ding-danged' or 'Holy jumping George.'" - Harring on working with David Lynch, to the New York Post, Oct. 4, 2001

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"I've had to learn the hard way. You can't always get the ideal film, so you get what will offer employment." - Harring on her career choices to The London Times, Dec. 9, 2001

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"I think that beauty pageants, if it's your choice, can be a wonderful experience. If you're shy it gets you out of your shell, it gives you confidence if you're insecure, but it's not going to help you in acting, that I found out." - Laura Harring quoted in Ritmo Beat 2000.

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