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Laura Harring


Birth name:

Laura Elena Martínez Harring




Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico



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United States

Executive summary:

Mulholland Drive, Miss USA (1985)


5' 6" (1.68 m)

Laura Harring



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Laura Harring - Biography


Laura Harring is a young and dynamic artist whose natural talent prompted New York Magazine to laud her debut as having a "stunning fresh appeal." She has an evocative inner beauty that can be strangely disarming. Witty, candid and keenly astute in business, she is an undeniably rare commodity in Hollywood. Combined with her stunning features that won her the coveted Miss USA title, Laura has come a long way to break a logjam of stereotypes encountered over the years. Laura can currently be seen in NBC's Sunset Beach, the new one-hour daytime drama from Aaron Spelling. Sunset Beach is Spelling's first foray into the daytime arena. Laura plays "Paula Stevens," a Sunset Beach police officer that is smart and feisty and lives to uncover the truth in work and life.

One will quickly recognize why Time Magazine once named her to its list of top U.S. immigrants, and why she was featured in an exhibition as one of the "100 Most Interesting Faces in the World." Her role on "Sunset Beach" is Laura's second venture in to the world of daytime. Many people remember Laura from her regular stint as "Carla Greco" on ABC daytime's "General Hospital." Laura made her major motion picture debut in the feature film directed by Garry Marshall, "Exit to Eden." She has also appeared in many television roles including, the role of "Garcia" in the syndicated series "Flipper," the telefilm "Desperado II," and "Rio Diablo." Other acting credits include "Baywatch," "Alien Nations," "Silk Stalkings" and the feature film "The Forbidden Dance...Lambada."

Born Laura Elena Martinez Herring of German and Austrian ancestry in Los Mochis, a small city in northern Mexico, she moved to the United States with her mother and two sisters at age 11. While in Texas, multi-lingual Laura spent her high school years at Aiglon College in Switzerland. While studying abroad, she was chosen to participate in a summer project that took her to India as a social worker, spending a month digging ditches and planting vegetable gardens. The following year she spent backpacking around the world. Returning to the United States, Laura entered the Miss El Paso competition. Laura won, went on to become Miss Texas, and subsequently garnered the distinction of being the first Hispanic ever to walk away with the title of "Miss USA."

The following year her good looks and dynamic personality brought her the attention of Hollywood where she was cast in the telefilm "The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory" as the young wife of the President of Mexico played by Raul Julia. However, because another actress carried Laura's name, she made a slight alteration in the spelling of her surname and has used Harring as her professional name. Laura was riding the whirlwind of popularity when she met Count Carl von Bismarck, whom she later married. The newly titled Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen Laura Harring continued with her burgeoning acting career, but later an amicable separation ensued and Laura focused all her energies toward developing into the formidable talent that she is. From features to television to hosting, Laura Harring is proving to be potent and versatile talent. Laura is now divorced, making her an ex-countess. But, her movie career has just begun to flourish.

Harring had two recurring television roles. During 1990-1991, she played Carla Greco on ABC's soap General Hospital, and during 1997, she played Paula Stevens on NBC's soap Sunset Beach.
She is perhaps best known for her performance in David Lynch's cult film Mulholland Drive (2001), opposite Naomi Watts and Justin Theroux. Harring went on to work two more times with Lynch - as an anthropomorphic rabbit in Rabbits (2002) and in a cameo appearance in Inland Empire (2006). In 2003, she starred in Mi Casa, Su Casa together with Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie fame.
In 2004, she starred as John Travolta's spoiled wife in the movie adaptation of Marvel Comics's The Punisher. In 2006, she joined the cast of the FX Networks crime drama, The Shield. She has most recently starred in Mike Newell's adaptation of Gabriel García Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera (2007). Harring currently has two film projects in production, Bitter Grapes and Kluge, both due out in 2009.
In 2009/2010, Harring will appear's as Evelyn Bass (in the episode The Debarted, than again in March) on Gossip Girl.


Laura Harring - Personal Quotes


"Unless you have a real passion for making movies, then don't bother. I had to carry energy and light into every meeting, only to be told, 'We don't want you.' I couldn't take it personally. You just have to wait, and live for those moments when the casting director likes you. Those words ;You're hired; are the best. I would try to remember what I learned in India - everything that happens is a mirror of how you are feeling. If you don't feel good about yourself, people don't feel good about you either. When you feel good, people see that and want to help you."

"In private, I'm a hippie who follows Buddhism, does yoga, meditates and loves to dance wildly. But when I'm on show, I become a different person. Some actors do not understand that difference, and resent it. I say, 'Let them give you the jewels, go around with your bodyguard, let them dress you. If you are promoting a film, don't be afraid of glamour.'"

"It is important to know the difference between the hard work of acting and play-acting at events like this. The only difference between me and some other actresses is that I don't mind playing the game."


Laura Harring - Filmography


Go Straight to Hell (2010) .... Marcella
Bitter Grapes (2009) .... Emilia
"Gossip Girl" .... Evelyn Bass (1 episode, 2009)
- The Debarted (2009) TV episode .... Evelyn Bass
Drool (2009) .... Anora
Return to Babylon (2008) .... Alla Nazimova
The Caller (2008) .... Eileen
One Missed Call (2008) (uncredited) .... Beth's Mom
... aka Don't Pick Up the Cell Phone! (Australia)
... aka Tödlicher Anruf (Germany)
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) .... Sara Noriega
My Neighbor's Keeper (2007) (TV) .... Kate Powell
Nancy Drew (2007) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Dehlia Draycott
Inland Empire (2006) .... Jane Rabbit
... aka Inland Empire: A Woman in Trouble (USA: long title)
"The Shield" .... Rebecca Doyle (8 episodes, 2006)
- Postpartum (2006) TV episode .... Rebecca Doyle
- Of Mice and Lem (2006) TV episode .... Rebecca Doyle
- Smoked (2006) TV episode .... Rebecca Doyle
- Man Inside (2006) TV episode .... Rebecca Doyle
- Rap Payback (2006) TV episode .... Rebecca Doyle
(3 more)
Walkout (2006) (TV) .... Francis Crisostomo
Ghost Son (2006) .... Stacey
The King (2005) .... Twyla
All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005) .... Martia
... aka All Souls Day (Australia)
... aka Dia de los muertos (USA: Spanish title: short title)
The Punisher (2004) .... Livia Saint
... aka The Punisher (Germany)
The Poet (2003) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Paula
... aka Der Poet (Germany)
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Joan Quentin (1 episode, 2003)
... aka Law & Order: SVU (UK: promotional abbreviation) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title) (UK: informal short title)
- Perfect (2003) TV episode (as Laura Elana Harring) .... Joan Quentin
Mi Casa, Su Casa (2003) .... Catalina
... aka Loco Love (USA: new title)
Willard (2003) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Cathryn
Derailed (2002) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Galina Konstantin
... aka Terror Train (Europe: English title)
John Q (2002) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Gina Palumbo
... aka John Q. (USA: poster title)
Rabbits (2002) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Jane
Feather Pimento (2001) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Woman in Red
Mulholland Dr. (2001) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Rita
... aka Mulholland Drive (France) (UK) (USA: closing credits title)
Final Payback (2001) .... Gina Carrillo
"Black Scorpion" .... Ariana (1 episode, 2001)
... aka Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion (Canada: English title)
- Out of Thin Air (2001) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Ariana
Little Nicky (2000) .... Mrs. Dunleavy
A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story (2000) (TV) (as Laura Elena Harring) .... Marisleysis Gonzalez
"Silk Stalkings" .... Paula Houston / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1999)
- Cook's Tour (1999) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Yvette
- Family Values (1996) TV episode .... Paula Houston
"Frasier" .... Rebecca Wendell (1 episode, 1998)
- Dial M for Martin (1998) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Rebecca Wendell
"California" (1997) TV series .... Christina Guevara (unknown episodes, 1997)
"Sunset Beach" .... Paula Stevens (133 episodes, 1997)
- Episode #1.236 (1997) TV episode .... Paula Stevens
- Episode #1.235 (1997) TV episode .... Paula Stevens
- Episode #1.234 (1997) TV episode .... Paula Stevens
- Episode #1.233 (1997) TV episode .... Paula Stevens
- Episode #1.232 (1997) TV episode .... Paula Stevens
(128 more)
Hoover Park (1997)
"Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" (1 episode)
... aka Beyond Belief (USA: short title)
- Dead Beat Daddy (????) TV episode
Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997) .... Babette the Mayor's Girl
... aka Black Scorpion: Ground Zero (USA: alternative title)
"Baywatch Nights" .... Charlotte 'Charlie' McBride (1 episode, 1996)
... aka Detectives on the Beach
- Thin Blood (1996) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Charlotte 'Charlie' McBride
"Flipper" .... Garcia (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
... aka The New Adventures of Flipper (USA: alternative title)
- Missile Crisis (1996) TV episode .... Garcia
- Kidnapped: Part 2 (1995) TV episode .... Garcia
- Kidnapped: Part 1 (1995) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Garcia
15th Annual Tejano Music Awards (1995) (V) .... Special Guest
Empire (1995) (TV) .... Gabriella Cochrane
Exit to Eden (1994) .... M.C. Kindra
"Blossom" .... Nurse (1 episode, 1993)
- The Fifty-Minute Hour (1993) TV episode (as Laura Harring) .... Nurse
Rio Diablo (1993) (TV) .... Maria Benjamin
"Baywatch" .... Princess Catherine Randenberg (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Baywatch Hawaii (USA: new title)
- Princess of Tides (1992) TV episode (as Laura Herring) .... Princess Catherine Randenberg
Dead Women in Lingerie (1991) (as Laura Herring) .... Marcia
"General Hospital" (1963) TV series .... Carla Greco (unknown episodes, 1990-1991)
The Forbidden Dance (1990) (as Laura Herring) .... Nisa
... aka Lambada, the Forbidden Dance (Philippines: English title)
Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989) (V) (as Laura Herring) .... Jerri
... aka Blind Terror (USA: alternative title)
... aka Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (USA: video box title)
"Alien Nation" .... Female Newcomer (1 episode, 1989)
- Three to Tango (1989) TV episode (as Laura M. Herring) .... Female Newcomer
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (1988) (TV)
"Beauty and the Beast" .... Carmen (1 episode, 1988)
- The Alchemist (1988) TV episode .... Carmen
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987) (TV) (as Laura Martinez Harring) .... Santa Anna's bride


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