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Laura San Giacomo

Real name: Laura San Giacomo
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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Laura San Giacomo (born November 14, 1962) is an American actress known for playing the role of Maya Gallo on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! and Kit De Luca in the blockbuster film Pretty Woman, as well as other work on television and in films.

Having a child influenced Laura to make the transition from films to television. San Giacomo still wanted to work, but she didn't want to be away from her newborn son for months at a time as movies would require. And thus Laura decided to shift gears and began working for a television series instead. Her move to television gave her a regular work schedule, not to mention that she didn't have to travel as much because the CBS Studio Center - the site of her new television project's tapings - was located within the vicinity of her San Fernando Valley residence. This led to perhaps her best known role as the neo-feminist character Maya Gallo in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003). She played a smart (yet sometimes naïve), hot-tempered, sassy journalist who reluctantly took a job at the fictional glamour magazine Blush - which happened to be owned by her father Jack Gallo (George Segal). The character was partially based on an unproduced idea Just Shoot Me! executive producer Steven Levitan once had in mind for actress Janeane Garofalo when he was a writer for The Larry Sanders Show. San Giacomo was originally cast in the starring role of the program as Just Shoot Me! was meant to be centered around her character, but the plot began to revolve around David Spade's Dennis Finch character by Season 3 (1998-1999). Despite the shift in focus, San Giacomo remained on as an integral part of the show and with top billing. She, along with the four other main cast members, appeared in all 148 episodes of Just Shoot Me!.

In 2006, San Giacomo made her return to network television by making three guest appearances during the third season of Veronica Mars. San Giacomo reunited with her former love interest from Just Shoot Me!, Enrico Colantoni, playing Harmony Chase. Both Colantoni and San Giacomo enjoyed their "Veronica" reunion so much that they have lobbied for more Keith-Harmony stories.

In September 2006, San Giacomo secured her first starring role on a television program since the cancellation of Just Shoot Me!. San Giacomo reunited with a former peer and co-stars opposite fellow Carnegie-Mellon alum Holly Hunter in TNT's drama pilot Saving Grace. San Giacomo plays Grace's best friend Rhetta. Giacomo will play Rhetta Rodriguez-Ardmore, who's described in the casting notice as: "Early-mid 30s, Latin, sweet and smart, wearing a crucifix necklace. Rhetta is Grace's best friend in the Department, the woman in charge of Forensics. She and Grace have been buddies (and fellow troublemakers) ever since high school, only Rhetta has settled down and got herself a husband. A happily married woman who runs the Crime Lab, Rhetta is surprised when Grace brings her a bloodstained shirt, and later explains to a puzzled Grace that the bloodstains belong to a guy who's been on Death Row for years."


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