Laura Harring is a Mexico-born actress and model, She is most famous for her role as Rita in the 2001 David Lynch film, "Mulholland Drive," but has also starred in dozens of other films, including "John Q," "The Punisher" (2004), and "Nancy Drew."
Laura Elena Martinez Herring was born in Los Mochis, Mexico on March 3, 1964. Growing up in her small Mexican town, Laura was extremely shy and introverted, mostly due to the fact that she was quite sickly in her childhood years. That all changed, though, once her mother was able to locate an alternative medical doctor who helped Laura get over her illness, even allowing her to stop taking the adult doses of medication she had been on. Soon she was a happy and healthy little girl again, and at age 5, was jumping at the opportunity to play an angel in the Christmas play, "The Nativity Story." Of course, tragedy seeming to follow her, she was again sidelined at age 12 for a short amount of time after a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting hit her in the head.
Of course, Laura was not the kind of person to give up, and by the time high school rolled around, she was on her way to prestigious boarding school, Aiglon College in Switzerland, which was considered one of the top three high schools in the world. Upon her return, Laura settled down in El Paso, Texas and got into beauty pageant modeling. She ultimately became Miss USA in 1985 after already holding the title of Miss Texas. Two years later, after traveling around Asia, Europe, and even becoming a social worker in India, Laura married Count Carl von Bismarckn, great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck. The two amicably split two years later.
Prior to her divorce, Laura had already begun acting on television. While she held a number of important roles over the years, including that of Paula Stevens on the TV series, "Sunset Beach," for several seasons, it wasn't until her role in the 2001 film, "Mulholland Drive," that she really began to demand audiences' attention. Since then, her film and television career has continued to thrive, as it is assumed to for the foreseeable future.