With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television and theater, Laura Harring has emerged as one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought after talents. Harring received both critical and popular acclaim for her performance in David Lynch's award winning Mulholland Drive, including comparisons to screen legends such as Ava Gardner by the International Herald Tribune and Rita Hayworth by Roger Ebert. It was for this role that Harring recently received the ALMA Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture," the Golden Eagle Award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture," as well as a Palme d' Or nomination for "Best Actress" at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Harring will also be seen opposite Dougray Scott in the independent suspense thriller The Poet, for director Paul Hills.
Laura was born and spent the first ten years of her life in Mexico before her family relocated to San Antonio, Texas. At age 16, she convinced her family to let her study in Switzerland at one of the top schools, Aiglon College, where she graduated with an academic diploma. Upon graduating, she spent the next year traveling through Asia, exploring Europe and working as a social worker in India. Upon her return, she came back to be crowned Miss U.S.A., the first Hispanic in pageant history. In Europe, she was introduced to the world of nobility and married Count Carl von Bismarck. While she retains the title of countess, Laura and Carl decided to part ways, but still remain great friends to this day. Harring studied theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts and is skilled in the French style of Commedia Dell' Arte, as well as in most of the Latin dances, including the Argentine Tango.
Harring co-starred in John Q with Denzel Washington, Anne Heche and Robert Duvall. Other film credits include The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, in which she co-starred with the legendary Raul Julia. She also appeared in Adam Sandler's Little Nicky, Exit to Eden and Willard. A few years ago, she starred as Marisleysis in The Elian Gonzales Story and in the hit movie, The Forbidden Dance Lambada. Laura is recognized by her fans for herrole as a police officer in Aaron Spelling's drama "Sunset Beach".
Harring dazzled on-lookers at her first Oscar's appearance by arriving in million dollar shoes.