The Italian actress Valeria Golino has made a name for herself not only in her home country but also with English-speaking audiences. She has been active since the early 1980s and shows no signs of slowing down. Her remarkable films include Rain Man, Big Top Pee-wee, and Hot Shots! Golino is also a director and has directed a handful of films, including the Italian film Euphoria from 2018. We talk about her career, her wealth, and her love life.
Valeria Golino’s Biography
Golino was born in Naples (Italy) on October 22, 1965, the son of an Italian father and a Greek mother named Lalla. Her father was a Germanist, while her mother was a painter. Golino wanted to become a cardiologist as a small child, but her artistic side kept pulling her away from this dream. She happens to come from a family of artists – her brother would end up becoming a musician.
She spent the first years of her life in Naples, but after the separation of her parents, she moved between Athens, Greece, and Sorrento – a small town in Naples where her father lived. When she was with her mother, she often went to the movies and developed a passion for movies.
At the age of 11, Golino was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition in which a person’s spine has a lateral S- or C-shaped curvature. To correct the defect, Golino spent 6 months in a hospital in Chicago, America, where she was implanted with a steel rod into her spine. During this time she began to learn English. She kept the rod inside her until she was 16 years old.
As Golino grew, her artistic side came out. At the age of 14, she started modeling and traveled for performances in Milan, London, and Athens. At the age of 18, Golino was with her uncle, L’Espresso journalist Enzo Golino, when he received a call from a casting director looking for a young girl for a role. Since she had no formal acting training, Valeria quickly seized the opportunity and was cast for the film A Joke of Destiny, which became her debut.
With this first experience, she dropped out of high school and decided to take a full-time job as an actress. Valeria Golino didn’t have to struggle long before she made her big breakthrough, which she achieved in 1985 in the leading roles in the films Little Flames and My Dearest Son. Both roles earned her the Golden Globe Award for the best breakthrough actress.
Her life and career were threatened later in 1985 by a car accident in which she was bedridden for five months. Fortunately, she resumed her normal duties in 1986 and consolidated her fame with her role in A Tale of Love.
In the late 1980s, she moved to Los Angeles and announced herself with appearances in Big Top Pee-Wee, Rain Man, where she played Tom Cruise’s girlfriend, and in Hot Shots! movies. Valeria Golino is still active today with her focus on Italian films.
Valeria Golino is a successful actress in many ways. In recent years her net worth has been estimated at 10 million dollars. One of her most successful projects in recent years is the film Honey aka Miele from 2013, which won numerous awards.
Partners She Has Been With
Valeria Golino has had a romantic relationship with many men, many of whom she has met on film sets. In ascending order we take a look at all her relationships that made it into the media.
Peter Del Monte (1985–1987)
Golino and the American-born Italian film director and screenwriter Peter Del Montel worked together on several projects before starting a romantic relationship. He directed the 1985 film Little Flames, in which she played the leading role. Their relationship lasted a few years when they separated in 1987.
Benicio del Toro (1988–1992)
Golino met the Puerto Rican girl on the set of Big Top Pee-Wee, the first movie she starred in after moving to Los Angeles. After that, they starred in two more movies: The Indian Runner (1991) and Submission (1995).
Fabrizio Bentivoglio (1993–2001)
Fabrizio Bentivoglio is a multiple award-winning Italian film and theater actor and screenwriter. Their relationship lasted eight years. After they separated, however, they occasionally continued to work together. She appeared in his 2006 film “Lascia perdere, Johnny”.
Andrea Di Stefano (2002–2005)
Andrea Di Stefano is an Italian actor and film director born on December 15, 1972. Like Golino, he appeals to both Italian and English speaking audiences, as he studied acting in New York.
Riccardo Scamarcio (2006–2016)
In 2006 Valeria entered into a romantic relationship with the Italian actor and film producer Riccardo Scamarcio, who is 15 years younger than her. They acted as siblings in the comedy-drama film The Cézanne Affair in 2009. Their relationship lasted a decade and ended in 2016.