Valeria Golino Biography
The second child of an Italian germanist and a Greek painter.
Golino obtained her first starring role in 1985’s Little Fires and won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for Storia d’amore in 1986. She began to work in Hollywood in 1988 with the movie Big Top Pee-wee and received roles in prominent films such as Rain Man, as the love interest of Tom Cruise, and the comedy films Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux co-starring with Charlie Sheen. She had also been considered for the starring role in Pretty Woman, but the role went to Julia Roberts because Golino still had a prominent Italian accent.
She speaks English, French, Greek and Italian.