Valeria Golino (October 22, 1966, Naples, Italy) is an Italian actress. Niece of L'Espresso journalist Enzo Golino. Golino's brother is a musician. She has been engaged to director Peter del Monte (1985-1987), to actor Fabrizio Bentivoglio (1993 to 2001), Puerto Rican actor Benicio Del Toro (1988 to 1992), and to Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano since 2002.
The daughter of an Italian father and a Greek mother, Golino grew up between Athens and Naples. She started work as a model in Athens and then dropped out of high school after her first movie, after having been discovered by the movie's director, Lina Wertmuller. She obtained her first starring role in 1985's (Little Fires) and won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for Storia d'amore in 1986. She began to work in Hollywood in 1988 with the movie Big Top Pee-wee and received roles in such prominent films such as Rain Man as the love interest of Tom Cruise and the comedy films Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux co-starring with Charlie Sheen. She had also been considered for the starring role in Pretty Woman but the role went to Julia Roberts because Golino still had a very thick Italian accent.
According to Celebrity Sleuth magazine her measurements are 33"-21"-33 1/2". Although she is not a singer she performed the song "The Man I Love" in the movie Hot Shots!.