Laura Harring at:
Laura Elena Martinez Herring,
March 3, 1964,
Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, a small city in northern Mexico.
Family: Mother and two sisters moved to Texas when Laura was 11.
Mother: a Jungian therapist.
Ancestry: German and Austrian
Grandfather: Isauro Cairo, Mexican champion in Equestrian and Fencing
Laura was Miss USA 1985, the one and only Latina to hold the title.
Having been married to
Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen, she retains the
title of Countess, even though they are divorced.
Born Laura Elena Herring, of German
and Austrian ancestry in Los Mochis, a small city in northern Mexico,
she moved to the United States with her mother and two sisters at
age 11. Multi-lingual Laura spent her high school
years at Aiglon College in Switzerland. While studying abroad, she
was chosen to participate in a summer project that took her to India
as a social worker, spending a month digging ditches and planting
vegetable gardens. The following year she spent backpacking around
the world. Returning to the United States, Laura entered the Miss
El Paso competition. won, went on to become Miss Texas, and subsequently
garnered the distinction of being the first Hispanic ever to walk
away with the title of "Miss USA."
Briefly married to Count Carl von
Bismarck, Laura made her major motion picture debut in the feature
film directed by Garry Marshall, Exit to Eden. She has also appeared
in many television roles. Her most notable work to date is her appearance in David Lynch's
Laura on TV
"I long to be a master of my senses! To be a master of my ego, of my mind. If I could respond instead of react...That's true freedom. Imagine a world where there were no judgements. We let people live as they please.. 'We' instead of 'me'. A place where people choose love over fear... I think it is possible."