Monday, May 27, 2024

“Rain Man” Actress Valeria Golino Gives Up U.S. Citizenship and Hollywood


EXCLUSIVE You may remember Valeria Golino. The pretty Italian actress was the romantic foil in Barry Levinson’s Oscar winning 1988 movie “Rain Man,” the third wheel for Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.Twenty seven years later, Golino–who’s a big star in Italy and won a special prize in 2013 at Cannes for a documentary she directed– has given back her U.S. citizenship and is going home for good. Her name turned up on the most recent list of Americans who’ve given up their passports.

Golino’s British agent told me on Friday: “She hasn’t really lived in the U.S. for fifteen years.” The agent also added that contrary to Italian tabloid reports, the 49 year old Golino has not married her long running boyfriend, 35 year old Italian movie star Riccardo Scamarcio.

She was an immediate sensation in the mid 80s. In addition to “Rain Man.” Golino also appeared in “Big Top Pee Wee,” and was said to have dated Pee Wee portrayer Paul Reubens (although this sounds comical now). Among her high profile relationships was a long one with actor Benicio del Toro.

Golino’s resume shows dozens of lead roles in film, mostly Italian. In America she also appeared in “Immortal Beloved,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” Sean Penn’s “The Indian Runner,” and “Hot Shots Part Deux” with Charlie Sheen.

According to reports, Golino lost lead roles in both “Flatliners” and “Pretty Woman” to Julia Roberts.

I’m sorry she’s left the U.S. but why pay taxes here if you live somewhere else. I’m sure we’ll see her in American films again.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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