Laura San Giacomo Biography
It was while at Morris Knowlls High School where she discovered her love for acting. After participating in several school plays she was then seen in several local stage productions. She appeared on stage on the Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz production of Wrong Turn at Kungfish. She was also in the production of Three Sisters by the Princeton/McCarter Theatre and in the off Broadway production of Beirut. Aside from these stage appearances she starred in several Italian American Reconciliation productions of several Shakespeare plays.
Laura first drew attention in her film debut, the 1989 film by Steven Soderbergh, sex, lies and video tape. For her impressive performance she was nominated at the Golden Globe and was the recipient of New Generation Award of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film won the Palme dOr Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Her successful performance was followed by her role in the Julia Roberts hit film Pretty Woman in 1990. She played the role of Kit De Luca the best friend of Julia Roberts character. The film earned more than $170 million.
Laura had other films to her credits including, Miles form home in 1988, Quigley Down Under and Vital Signs in 1990, Under Suspicion in 1991 and Nina Takes a Lover in 1994. For television, she appeared in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand. She played opposite Rob Lowe. In 2001, she was seen in Jenifer, the CBS bio pic of Jenifer Estess, the woman who had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She also leant her voice in the animated series Gargoyles.
When Laura had her child she decided to do more television works than movies. She was then living at San Francisco Valley which was quite near CBS Studio Center.
In 1997, she landed the role of Maya Gallo in the hit sitcom Just Shoot Me. She played the smart daughter of magazine owner Jack Gallo who cannot seem to find her way in the glamorous job of fashion magazine. Laura earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical for her performance in the season two of Just Shoot Me. She appeared in all of the 148 episodes of the sit com.
When Just Shoot Me ended she was seen next in The Handler, Unscripted, Snapped, Checking Out, Havoc and Conquistadora. In 2006, she appeared as a guest star in Veronica Mars and in Saving Grace.