American actress Laura San Giacomo began acting professionally in 1987 and almost immediately, her impact was felt with her portrayal of Cynthia Patrice Bishop in the 1989 film, Sex, Lies, and Videotape. This earned her four awards as well as a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination.
Giacomo hasn’t looked back ever since. She is also known for her role in Pretty Woman. Over the years, she has maintained a commendable consistency both in the small and big screens. We highlight the key aspects of her career and family life.
Laura San Giacomo Biography
Laura San Giacomo was born on the 14th of November, 1962 in West Orange, New Jersey to John and MaryJo San Giacomo. Her father owns a paper mill and she is of Italian descent. Laura was raised in Denville, New Jersey and attended Morris Knolls High School where she fell in love with acting.
After high school, she proceeded to Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh from where she graduated in 1984 with a degree in Fine Arts. To start her career, Giacomo relocated to New York where she began acting in theater productions receiving rave reviews for most of her roles. She made her screen debut in 1987, playing small parts in TV shows. Those TV shows included; Spenser: For Hire, Crime Story, The Equalizer, and Miami Vice.
Her experiences on the small screen prepared her for her major role in Sex, Lies, and Videotape which was her debut film role as a credited actress. The part earned her widespread recognition and advanced her career to the next level. To date, her role as Julia Robert character’s best friend in Pretty Woman is still being talked about.
Laura San Giacomo went on to build her filmography, making appearances in films like Miles from Home (1988), Vital Signs (1990), Where the Day Takes You (1992), and more. Her first main small screen role was that of Maya Gallo in the situation comedy, Just Shoot Me!. The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The show was canceled in 2003, after which Giacomo went head to star in other projects. Her other well-known TV roles came in Saving Grace, NCIS, and Animal Kingdom.
Her Kids and Family
Laura San Giacomo’s family, apart from her parents, is made up of her husband, fellow actor Matt Adler and her son, Mason Dye who was born on the 19th of November, 1995. Giacomo had Mason from her previous marriage to actor Cameron Dye who in recent years, have become less active in Hollywood. She was married to Mason’s dad for 8 years from 1990 to 1998.
Giacomo has no kid from her marriage to Matt Adler, Mason Dye is her only child. The boy was born with cerebral palsy, a group of permanent movement disorders that often appear in childhood.
As a result of her child’s ailment, the actress has long been actively involved in raising awareness about cerebral palsy. She is determined about changing how people view children born with any form of disability.
In order to bring her idea to fruition, she founded the inclusion school, CHIME Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills, California which is for children with special need. The school which opened her doors in 2001 has enjoyed an exponential growth and now boasts over 700 students from the kindergarten through eighth grade.
Laura San Giacomo married her current husband, Matt Adler in 2000, two years after finalizing her divorce from ex-husband, Cameron Dye. Like Laura, it was Matt’s second marriage. He was previously married to actress Ria Pavia from 1993 to 1995. Giacomo’s husband is best recognized for his films in the 1980s, including; Teen Wolf, White Water Summer, and North Shore. He is very good friends with George Clooney with whom he has lived.
Giacomo and her family reside in San Fernando Valley, California. Her other notable family member is her cousin Torry Castellano, a former drummer for the rock band The Donnas. She retired in 2010.
Height and Measurements
Laura San Giacomo isn’t one of the tallest women in the movie industry. The actress stands at a height of just 5 feet 2 inches and weighs an estimated 130 lb. Her breast-waist-hips measurements are said to be 39-25-35 inches (99-61-89 cm) and he wears size 6 (US) shoes.