Laura A. San Giacomo was born on the 14th November 1962, in West Orange, New Jersey USA, of American and Italian descent, and is an actress probably best recognized for starring in the role of Cynthia Patrice Bishop in the independent drama film “Sex, Lies, And Videotape” (1989), playing Maya Gallo in the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” (1997-2003) and as Rhetta Rodriguez in the TNT drama series “Saving Grace” (2007-2010). Currently, she is starring in the CBS action police procedural series “NCIS”, as well as the TNT drama series “Animal Kingdom”.
Would you like to know more about Laura’s career and family life? How rich is she, as of now? If you are interested, stay tuned.
Early Life and Education
Laura spent her childhood in Denville, New Jersey, where she was raised by her father, John San Giacomo, who was a paper mill owner, and her mother, MaryJo. She attended Morris Knolls High School in Denville, and while there became interested in acting, so she performed in various school productions. Upon matriculation, Laura enrolled in Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in acting. Right after graduation she moved to Now York City, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional actress.
Laura started by making appearances on stage, including in a production of “Wrong Turn At Lungfish” at the Garry Marshall-Lowell Ganz in Los Angeles, the production of “Three Sisters” at the Princeton/McCarter Theatre, and the off-Broadway production of “Beirut”. Moreover, she also performed in productions of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, “The Tempest” and “Romeo And Juliet”. Thanks to her acting skills and performance in “As You Like It”, Laura received a special mention in the Walnut Street Theatre 1986 review.
On-Screen Acting Career and Her Breakthrough
Laura’s acting career soon moved to the next level, as she began her on-screen career by debuting as Luisa in an episode of the ABC daytime soap opera “All My Children” (1987), which was followed by other small roles in such TV series as “Crime Story” and “Miami Vice”, among others.
In 1988, she landed the role of Sandy in the action drama “Miles From Home”, but it went uncredited, so her official debut film came in the following year, when she was cast as Cynthia Patrice Bishop in Steven Soderbergh’s independent drama film “Sex, Lies, And Videotape”, which actually represented her breakthrough, and earned her such awards as a Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a nomination for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture category. The film itself won the prestigious Grand Prize, the Palem d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, so her popularity increased enormously, and added a considerable amount to her net worth.
Laura’s next significant roles came in 1990, when she portrayed Kit De Luca in the romantic comedy “Pretty Woman” next to Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, featured as Lauren Rose in the drama “Vital Signs”, and appeared in the lead role as Crazy Cora in the western drama film “Quigley Down Under”, alongside Tom Selleck.
The Early 1990s
In the beginning of the next decade, Laura continued to line up successes as she landed the role of Jan Bella in the romantic comedy drama “Once Around”, which was followed by her portrayal of Angeline in Simon Moore’s thriller drama “Under Suspicion”, both in 1991. During the next year, she was cast as Jo Mandell in the TV drama “For Their Own Good” next to Elizabeth Perkins, after which she portrayed the title role in the romantic comedy “Nina Takes A Lover” (1994).
At the same time, she was chosen to portray Nadine Cross in several episodes of the TV mini-series “The Stand” by Stephen King, and provided her voice to the animated series “Gargoyles” (1994-1996), and starred in the role of Julia in the 1995 comedy drama “Stuart Saves His Family”.
“Just Shoot Me!”
In 1997, Laura was quite busy, as she was selected to play the main role of Maya Gallo in the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!”, which aired until 2003, increasing her net worth by a large margin, and earned her nominations for the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and the 2001 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
The Late 1990s
Side by side with filming it, she was also cast as Goad in the sci-fi action “The Apocalypse”, landed the role of Lydia in Peter O’Fallon’s comedy drama film “Suicide Kings”, and featured as Jacqueline Fosburg in the comedy “Eat Your Heart Out”, all in 1997. By the end of the decade, Laura had also provided her voice in such TV titles as “Stories From My Childhood” (1998), “The Secret Files Of The SpyDogs” (1998-1999) and “Batman Beyond” (1999).
The 2000s and “Saving Grace”
In the very beginning of the 2000s, Laura starred in the role of Angela DiMarco in the Showtime satirical dark comedy film “Sister Mary Explains It All” (2001), and featured as Jenifer Estess in the CBS bio-pic film “Jenifer”. When the filming of “Just Shoot Me!” was ended, Laura focused on her appearances on the big screen, playing Gaby in the drama “A House On A Hill” (2003), directed by Chuck Workman, before her next major role two years later, when she was cast as Flo Applebaum in the comedy “Checking Out” (2005), earning a Palm Beach International Film Festival Award in the Best Actress category. She then landed the role of Joanna Lang in the 2005 crime drama film “Havoc” next to Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips, after which was chosen to portray Rhetta Rodriguez in the TNT drama series “Saving Grace” from 2007 to 2010, again increasing her wealth by a large margin. Beside that, she guest-starred in such TV series as “Veronica Mars”, “The Defenders” and “Medium”.
The Early 2010s
In 2011, Laura landed a small role in the crime drama film “Few Options, All Bad”, which was followed by her portrayals of Carol Montgomery in the Lifetime drama “TalhotBlond”, directed by Courteney Cox, and Jolene in Martin Papazian’s crime drama “Least Among Saints”, both in 2012. Between 2013 and 2014, she guest-starred in several TV series, after which she starred in the role of TV Mom in the 2015 comedy-drama film “The Meddler”, increasing further her fortune.
Recent Years: “NCIS” and “Animal Kingdom”
To speak further about her acting career, Laura has been playing Dr. Grace Confalone in the CBS action police procedural series “NCIS” since 2016, and has also been featuring as Morgan Wilson in the TNT drama series “Animal Kingdom” since the same year. So, her net worth is certainly rising. Most recently, she’s been filming the drama film “Honey Boy”, that is currently in post-production.
Laura San Giacomo Net Worth
Her career started in 1987 and since then, she has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known as a professional actress. So, if you ever wondered how rich Laura San Giacomo is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $6 million, accumulated through her successful acting career.
Personal Life and Hobbies
Regarding her personal life, Laura San Giacomo has married twice, firstly to actor Cameron Dye in 1990, giving birth to their son named Mason Alan Dye in November of 1995. However, three years later for unspecified reasons, Laura and Cameron divorced and moved down separate paths. Since 2000, she has been married to actor Matt Adler and their current residence is in the San Fernando Valley, California.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Speaking about her appearance, Laura is apparently a very beautiful woman with long wavy light brown hair and dark brown colored eyes. She has a great body shape with the height of 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and weight that is reputed to be around 130lbs (59kgs), while her vital statistics are 37-25-35.
Social Media Presence
Although many celebrities are active across the most popular social media sites, Laura is not one of them, as she tends to spend her spare time with her family. Moreover, she also tries to be more focused on other activities and hobbies, such as horseback riding, playing tennis and golf, ice skating and playing the piano, rather than spending time on the social media scene.
Laura San Giacomo is not only recognized for being a professional actress, but also for being a very charitable person. Her son Mason Dye was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth, so she is very active in collaboration with various charities which help children with disabilities. Moreover, Laura established the CHIME Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills, California for all children of all abilities in 2001.