Harring on August 2011
|Born||Laura Elena Herring Martínez
March 3, 1964
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
|Spouse(s)||Carl-Eduard von Bismarck
Laura Harring (born Laura Elena Herring Martínez; March 3, 1964) is an American actress and former Miss USA (1985). She is best known for her role as Rita in Mulholland Drive, and as Attorney Becca Doyle in "The Shield".
She was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Her mother, María Elena Cairo, is a spiritual teacher, real estate investor, and secretary. Her father, Raymond Herring, was a developer and organic farmer of Austrian-German descent. The two divorced in 1971. Harring lived the first ten years of her life in Mexico, before her family relocated to San Antonio, Texas. Caught by stray fire from a driveby shooting at age 12, Harring suffered a head wound from a .45 bullet. At age 16, she convinced her family to let her study in Switzerland at Aiglon College. She eventually returned to America, settling down in El Paso, Texas and entered the world of beauty pageants. She won the title of Miss El Paso USA, and soon after, Miss Texas USA.
Harring spent the next year traveling through Asia, exploring Europe and working as a social worker in India. In 1987, she married Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen, great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck. While she retains the title of Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen, the couple divorced in 1989. Harring studied theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts and is skilled in the Italian style of Commedia dell'arte, as well as Latin dances, including the Argentine tango.
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 twice more 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 starred in Mike Newell's adaptation of Gabriel García Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera (2007). Later film projects include Bitter Grapes and Kluge.
|1987||Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, TheThe Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory||Santa Anna's bride||as Laura Martinez Harring|
|1988||Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge||unknown|
|1988||Beauty and the Beast||Carmen||1 episode|
|1989||Alien Nation||Female Newcomer||1 episode, as Laura M. Herring|
|1989||Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!||Jerri||as Laura Herring|
|1990||Forbidden Dance, TheThe Forbidden Dance||Nisa||as Laura Herring|
|1990||General Hospital||Carla Greco||unknown episodes, 1990–1991|
|1991||Dead Women in Lingerie||Marcia||as Laura Herring|
|1992||Baywatch||Princess Catherine Randenberg||1 episode, as Laura Herring|
|1993||Rio Diablo||Maria Benjamin|
|1994||Exit to Eden||MC Kindra|
|1995||Empire||Gabriella Cochrane||un-aired TV series|
|1995||Flipper||Garcia||3 episodes, 1995–1996|
|1996||Baywatch Nights||Charlotte 'Charlie' McBride||1 episode|
|1996||Silk Stalkings||Paula Houston / Yvette||2 episodes, 1996–1999|
|1997||Sunset Beach||Paula Stevens|
|1997||Black Scorpion II: Aftershock||Babette|
|1997||California||Christina Guevara||unknown episodes|
|1998||Frasier||Rebecca Wendell||1 episode|
|2000||A Family in Crisis: The Elian Gonzales Story||Marisleysis Gonzalez||as Laura Elena Harring|
|2000||Little Nicky||Mrs. Dunleavy|
|2000||Black Scorpion||Ariana||1 episode|
|2000||Final Payback||Gina Carrillo|
|2000||Feather Pimento||Woman in Red|
|2001||Mulholland Drive||Rita||as Laura Elena Harring|
|2002||John Q||Gina Palumbo|
|2003||Poet, TheThe Poet||Paula|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Joan Quentin||1 episode, as Laura Elana Harring|
|2003||Loco Love: orinal title Mi Casa Su Casa||Catalina|
|2004||Punisher, TheThe Punisher||Livia Saint|
|2005||All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos||Martia|
|2005||King, TheThe King||Twyla|
|2006||Inland Empire||Jane Rabbit|
|2006||Shield, TheThe Shield||Rebecca Doyle||8 episodes|
|2007||My Neighbor's Keeper||Kate Powell|
|2007||Nancy Drew||Dehlia Draycott||as Laura Elena Harring|
|2007||Love in the Time of Cholera||Sara Noriega|
|2008||One Missed Call||Mrs. Raymond||uncredited|
|2008||Caller, TheThe Caller||Eileen|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Evelyn Bass/Elizabeth||4 episodes|
|2010||Law and Order: Criminal Intent||Marta||1 episode|
|2012||Return to Babylon||Alla Nazimova||completed|
|2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Julia Feldman
(Kensi Blye's mother)
- "Laura Harring Biography (1964–)". Film Reference.com.
- "Laura Elena Harring Biography". Yahoo! Movies.
- "Cover Story: Being shot in the head with a .45 changed my life". Scottish Daily Record. 2004.
- "Women We Love: Laura Elena Harring". Esquire. February 1, 2002.
- "Laura Harring" www.askmen.com
- "Laura Harring: Biography" tvguide.com
- "Laura Harring" www.filmbug.com
- "'Gossip Girl' Spoilers: More on Chuck's Mother". Buddy TV. December 10, 2009.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Miss Texas USA
|Miss USA color commentator
(with Leeza Gibbons)
Barbara Eden and Deborah Shelton
Leeza Gibbons and Courtney Gibbs
|Miss USA color commentator
(with Arthel Neville)